DISCOVERY BY TALENT AGENTS
Actress Charlize Theron
(Image by Gage Skidmore)
In 1989, Pamela Anderson was
working as a fitness instructor in Vancouver. That summer she went to a British Columbia
Lions game, where she was shown on the big screen wearing a Labatt's t-shirt...
David Boreanaz was walking his dog in L.A. when a talent manager spotted him and realized he’d be perfect for
the role of Angel in a show called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer"...
Young Rosario Dawson was sitting on the stoop of the apartment building she was squatting
in when a young photographer and a screenwriter approached her about starring in their new project...
Johnny Depp tagged along on an audition for a horror movie called "Nightmare on Elm Street." To his surprise, Director
Wes Craven spotted Depp in the background and asked him to read for the part of the protagonist’s boyfriend...
Actress Ava Gardner was discovered when a photo of her was spotted in the window of her brother-in-law's
Fifth Avenue photography studio by an MGM talent scout...
Sarah Michelle Gellar
A 4-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar apparently had so much talent spilling out of her that she managed to eclipse all other
contestants at a talent show in which she wasn’t even competing. Gellar was spotted by an agent and, two weeks
later, was auditioning for her first TV movie...
Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld was a 16-year-old in Amsterdam when the woman who would become her first agent
(seemingly) randomly approached her and asked if Groeneveld had ever considered modeling...
Stephen King had three unpublished novels to his name and was writing a short story in a trailer on his wife's portable
typewriter (on which a decade later he would also write Misery) that belonged to his wife Tabitha. King tossed
the first three pages of the story in the garbage, but Tabitha discovered those pages and encouraged him to
finish the story and even expand it into a novel titled Carrie...
Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen
Actress Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen was discovered at a restaurant in Sweden at the age of 13 by Eileen Ford.
Univeristy of Iowa
student Ashton Kutcher was approached by a
model scout at a bar called "The Airliner" in Iowa City and was recruited to enter the "Fresh Faces of
Iowa" modeling competition...
Jennifer Lawrence was discovered at the age of 14 while on vacation in New York. She was strolling through
Union Square with her mother when she was approached by a talent scout who liked her look and wanted to take
A lady named Norma Shearer was visiting a ski resort owned by Janet Leigh's parents when she happened to notice a
photograph of their daughter. Struck by Leigh's looks, Shearer (whose late husband was an executive at MGM) took the photo
to an agent, who shared her opinion...
One day, while walking around Kelowna, British Columbia, Air Canada flight attendant Evangeline Lilly was approached by a Ford Models agent. She initially declined the offer to model, but then learned how much money could make. A few small acting gigs later, Lilly found herself "Lost"...
One day, a photographer for Yank Magazine snapped a picture of munitions factory worker Norma Jeane Mortenson. He came
back and told her that she was stunning and had the potential to go places. Norma Jeane took acting classes, dyed her hair
blonde, and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe...
Ellen Pompeo was tending bar at the SoHo Bar & Grill in New York when a casting director spotted her and thought she’d be a
good fit for a L’Oreal ad campaign. A few small TV and film roles later, and Pompeo landed her "Grey’s Anatomy" gig...
An aspiring photographer took pictures of 15-year-old Paulina Porizkova and sent them to the Elite modeling
agency, hoping they would notice her photography skills. Instead, the head of Elite noticed Porizkova's physical beauty
and offered her a ticket to Paris...
A talent scout spotted 11-year-old Natalie Portman eating pizza in a Long Island restaurant...
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was permanently expelled from school at the age of 16, and began spending time at the Victoria
Sporting Club in Cork, Ireland. Then into that pool hall walked a couple of casting agents...
College Sophomore and rapper Asher Roth posted some of
his verses on his MySpace page and sent a friend request to Scooter Braun, an Atlanta-based promoter. One week after
speaking to Braun, Roth flew down to Atlanta and was immediately signed by his future manager...
One of unknown author Nicholas Sparks' query letters for The Notebook ended up in the hands of unknown
agent Theresa Park after being passed on and
passed along to Park by the former assistant of the intended recipient, who had just died...
Alabama native Channing Tatum was discovered on the streets of Miami by a talent agent, who soon booked him modeling
contracts followed by acting gigs...
Actress Charlize Theron was discovered by her talent
manager when she threw a "tantrum" over a teller's refusal to cash an out-of-state check...
In 1985, drug-counselor-in-recovery Danny Trejo visited the set of the Jon Voight movie "Runaway Train" at the request of
a fellow recovering addict who was working on the film and on the verge of relapse. While there, a crew member noticed
Trejo's weathered and tattooed face, and asked him to appear in the film as a prison inmate...
Fifteen-year-old Lana Turner skipped typing class at Hollywood High School one day to hit the Top Hat Cafe, where she was
discovered by the publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, who connected her with actor and agent Zeppo Marx...