8. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz did not begin her career as so many others in the film industry do, by working odd jobs until she made it big, or struggling through smaller roles until she earned her big break. Instead, she began her on film career as a model during and after high school, traveling around the globe from the age of 16, skipping over college to begin acting after her first major film role in The Mask. Diaz dropped out of high school to pursue modeling full time at age 16. She soon went on to land her first acting gig, and become one of Hollywood’s best-known actresses.