Sneak Peek: Meet PEOPLE's Ones to Watch 2014

Get a first look at some of the 40 up-and-coming stars we're celebrating this year – before they hit it really big

JENNY SLATE, 32

Turned off by auditions, she turned to comedy. "I was afraid of the cattle call, so I forced myself into other ways I could be noticed," says SNL alum Slate, who created the viral video Marcel the Shell with Shoes On before starring in Obvious Child. "I'm chatty, so I thought, I'll do stand-up."
To see the rest of the Ones to Watch, pick up the 40th Anniversary issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.