I spent a whole 12 years helping other people tell their stories as a publicist, so just to be able to go and write and get behind the camera, that's my thing. Ava DuVernay, director
Ava DuVernay is a film director, producer, and screenwriter known for her work on films such as Selma, 13th, and A Wrinkle in Time.
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My mother told me I should be a secretary, but I wanted to be an actress from when I was very young. Barbra Streisand, actress
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I had the freedom to choose my career. I had the opportunity to choose a career in sports. It's what I'm most passionate about. It's what I love. Casey Wasserman, businessman
Casey Wasserman is an American businessman and philanthropist who is the CEO of Wasserman Media Group, a sports marketing and talent management company.
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My dad is a bank president and my mom was an accountant and they didn't think that seeking the life of a freelance writer was very practical, you see. Of course, I was just as determined to do it. Kevin J. Anderson, writer
Kevin J. Anderson is an American science fiction and fantasy author who has written over 140 books, including novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes.
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I would recommend, definitely, developing a 'day job' that you like - don't expect to make money writing! Lydia Davis, writer
Lydia Davis is an American writer known for her short stories and translations of French literature.
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I actually never wanted to be a VJ. Never. It just so happened that I became a VJ, and I was actually kind of like, 'I don't want to be a VJ. I want to be in the movies.' So yeah, I always wanted to be an actor. Mahira Khan, actress
Mahira Khan is a Pakistani actress who has appeared in numerous television dramas and films.
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I ended up switching over to journalism in college. A few weeks into freshman year, I realized that business school wasn't for me. And writing stories and reading and talking to people is something that I just enjoy doing, so I figured why not try to build up a post-basketball career with that. C. J. McCollum, athlete
C. J. McCollum is a professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.
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In my early 20s I was so miserable doing construction, I wanted something that paid money. I liked nice stuff. I liked cars and architecture, and things that cost money. I wanted to not swing a hammer, and make money... and not do stuff that was dirty. I attempted to get into comedy. I started to do stand-up, but I wasn't very good at it. Adam Carolla, entertainer
Adam Carolla is an American comedian, radio personality, television host, actor, and podcaster.
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Today, if I could get a job, with face tattoos, being a professor, I would do that. I don't know what university would hire me, but that's my passion. Al Jourgensen, musician
Al Jourgensen is an American musician and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the industrial metal band Ministry.
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As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy. Al Yankovic, comedian
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I just knew what I wanted to be since the third grade. And I always did well in school. I was the type to get good grades; I never really got below Cs or nothing like that. I always kept it A-B. But there's no school for rap. Big Sean, musician
Big Sean is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan.
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I didn't leave Wall Street because the work was against my nature - I do have a pretty good head for numbers. I left because I had this love for writing. Chang-Rae Lee, novelist
Chang-Rae Lee is a Korean-American novelist and professor of creative writing at Stanford University.
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The one thing I learned from five years of law school is that I definitely didn't want to be an attorney. Cris Collinsworth, entertainer
Cris Collinsworth is a former NFL player turned sports broadcaster and analyst for NBC Sports.
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I grew up the son of a businessman. And I didn't get into music to be a businessman. David Berman, musician
David Berman was an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for his work with the indie rock band Silver Jews.
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But I do enjoy the freedom of doing a movie and then having some time off. David James Elliott, actor
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One fine day, I realised that advertising was not my calling. I closed shop and plunged into theatre. Kay Kay Menon, actor
Kay Kay Menon is an Indian actor known for his work in Bollywood films and web series.
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Modelling isn't something I'm doing to prove people wrong. It's something I'm doing because it's what I want to do. Kendall Jenner, celebrity
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I can safely speak for Melissa when I say both of our plans when we moved to L.A. was probably very similar, which was, 'If I can make any kind of a living doing something I really enjoy, then, hooray.' Ben Falcone, actor
Ben Falcone is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director known for his roles in films such as Bridesmaids and Tammy.
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No movie influenced me more to go after my dreams than 'Flashdance.' After seeing it, I took 15 dance lessons a week. I cut all my sweatshirts. I did the 'Maniac' thing. Elizabeth Berkley, actress
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In college, where I graduated with a Fashion Merch & Business & Bachelors of Science Degree, I was bored. I just couldn't work a nine-to-five job. Dana Brooke, wrestler
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I grew up in a really small town with not a lot of money, and I liked singing, but it was just something that was a hobby. Justin Bieber, sculptor
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I quit my job, and went ashore to become a writer. Theodore Sturgeon, writer
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By the time I was 14, my most burning ambition was to leave my home, leave my neighborhood, leave my city. I kept it a secret wish. It was easier done than said. It wasn't only that I wanted to leave Chicago - I wanted to live in New York City. And I did - for a time. Scott Spencer, author
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A generation before, it had been sagebrush and coyotes; a generation later, it was a burgeoning movie town. But for that brief idyllic time in 1910, Hollywood looked like the perfect place for a successful writer to settle down, build his dream house, and maybe do some gardening. Kage Baker, writer
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I think the best part in going to the movies is you feel something and you relate whether it's to family struggles or dimming your light for someone. I would say to never dim your light and to really, truly follow your dreams. Tika Sumpter, actress
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My dad said, 'Go to college and take whatever you want.' So, I went to the University of Miami. When I got up to the line at registration, I saw that you had to take math and history. I said, 'There's no way I'm taking math and history.' And right next to it was the line for the drama department. Ray Liotta, actor
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All my life, I call myself wanting to be a lawyer because of Clair Huxtable. But the real dream was to be an actress. Nafessa Williams, actress
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I attended College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., for a year, but college wasn't for me. I was curious about life beyond Los Angeles. Scott Borchetta, businessman
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I was pre-med, so I was going to go into the family business, more or less. But I came to my senses, luckily, and backed out, and decided to go to drama school. Sendhil Ramamurthy, actor
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I did say to myself one day, 'I'd love to be a Jewish comedian,' but that's my only memory with any connection to show business. Paul Morrissey, director
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I just want real creative freedom without worrying about, you know, car payments. Sean Penn, actor
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All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape. Walter Bagehot, author
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I like to look at 'A Place in the Sun' every now and get inspired by it. Randa Haines, director
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Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. Paulo Coelho, novelist
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