The Fight to Fame: 14 Stars Who Struggled Before They Made it Big

Nights in homeless shelters, sharing rooms, waiting tables – it takes a lot of work to become a star

JENNIFER LOPEZ LEFT HOME AND MOVED INTO HER DANCE STUDIO

It wasn't always easy for Jenny from the block to make it big. Disagreeing with her mother over her future – college or pursuing dance – led to her being homeless before gaining fame. “My mom and I butted heads,” Lopez told W magazine. “I didn’t want to go to college – I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.’"