Sometimes taking unexpected advice pays off, if Johnny Depp is any indication. Johnny Depp stared in some great movies including Edward Scissorhands, Don Juan DeMarco and Pirates of the Caribbean. He initially wanted to be a rock star, not a movie star. At age sixteen, he dropped out of high school to pursue his dream. After two weeks, he had a change of heart and tried to reenter school, but his principle advised him to ‘follow his dream.’ He did play in some bands, and had some success from time to time, but ended up taking various odd jobs, including selling pens. That’s when by happy accident he met Nicolas Cage, who convinced him he should try his hand at acting. That seems to have worked fairly well.
Johnny’s mother was a waitress, and his father a civil engineer. The family moved twenty times during his childhood, starting out in Kentucky, where he was born, and ending up in Florida.