Every year, thousands of people decide to chase the dream of becoming a movie star. And every year,
thousands of people let that dream die.
In 1982, young Brad Pitt graduated from high school at the age of 18. His whole life was already laid out for him.
He would attend the University of Missouri, he would major in journalism (with a focus on advertising), he would graduate,
get himself a decent marketing job, and work for the next 40 years until he retired. And that's just what he set out to do.
However, somewhere along the way, Mr. Pitt seems to have lost sight of his goals. For in 1986, when he was a mere 2 credits
shy of graduating and making his family proud, he made the seemingly irrational decision to drop out of college and ran off
Well, like any other beginner actor, he started his movie career doing extra work as a background "actor". And after doing three of these, he got his first supporting role in the straight-to-video movie Cutting Class.
After this, he got an audition for an upcoming movie called Thelma & Louise. He played only a supporting role in this movie (a small-time thief named J.D.), but upon its release, Brad was exposed to a whole new world.
It would be this role that would get the attention of bigger more powerful agencies that might want to sign him. It was that role that would make big time filmmakers start making him offers for their movies. And just a few months later, he got the lead in his first big hit, A River Runs Through It.
With the credit of headlining a major studio film, Brad Pitt's salary sky- rocketed from $6,000, which he was paid for Thelma & Louise, to $500,000, which he was paid for Kalifornia, a film that was released 11 months after the huge success of A River Runs Through It.
At this point, most people would consider him a movie star. He had the fame from his hit movie, he was making more money in a couple of months than 95% of everyone makes in a year, and he had nowhere to go but up.
He was no longer auditioning for parts, the multi-million dollar offers for lead roles were on the horizon, and he'd been labeled a hot new sex symbol. But it's at that point that the difference between real movie stars and those who got lucky get sorted out.
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