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Money Matters: Jim Carrey's Long and Winding Road to Hollywood

Most people know Jim Carrey as the Cable Guy, the Pet Detective, and the man in the big green mask, among other 'out there' fictional characters. But not many know about his long and winding road to success.

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Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada on the 17th of January 1962, Jim Carrey had a humble beginning. Not long after he was born, Jim's family moved from Ontario to New York where he attended Blessed Trinity Catholic School, followed by North View Heights Secondary School.

A natural born showman, Jim played in bands when he was studying at Aldershot High School; he even opened for 80s new wave band, Spoons - but it was his love for comedy that propelled his passion for performance.

It took a while before Jim's comedy career took off, but his family remained supportive. In those early days, Jim's dad would drive him to Toronto to perform stand-up comedy sets at famous club YukYuk’s. But when Jim's family hit financial difficulties it was hard for them to support his ambitions.

At the tender age of 15, Jim took up a factory job as a janitor to help support his family financially, finding time to occasionally write comedy and polish his act in the evenings.

With a rock solid will and determination, Jim hit the comedy clubs once again and by the time he was 17, he was able to quit his factory job and make a living opening for successful comics Buddy Hackett and Rodney Dangerfield.

In 1983, Jim wandered west to Hollywood where he starred in a TV movie called Introducing...Janet. Jim's appearances on TV in programs such as The Duck Factory and Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act led to a regular role on the hit comedy In Living Color.

Jim's big screen debut came in 1984 when he featured in Finders Keepers, he didn't find mega fame until 1994 when he starred in a little Hollywood comedy flick called Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In a flash, Jim Carry became a household name with his inimitable on-screen presence and outrageous comedy chops - and the film biz couldn't get enough.

It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left? - Jim Carrey

From then, Jim Carrey went on to star in classic films including, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, The Cable Guy, Batman Forever, The Truman Show (for which he won a Golden Globe), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bruce Almighty, and Kick Ass 2, among others.

Today Jum Carrey is one of most famous, wealthy, accomplished, and successful actors on the planet, and he still dazzles audiences with his scintillating on-screen performances today.

It just goes to show, no matter which cards you're dealt, with a thick skin and plenty of perseverance, you can achieve great things.

For another Money Matters fix, check out how JK Rowling made it from hard times to Hogwarts.

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