Make no mistake — having a solid educational background can definitely increases the chances of having a good future, but education may not be the key for the money. The following six artists are so successful at what they do, it’s hard to believe that they literally came from nothing.
No. 1: Tamia Liu Tao (刘涛)
One of the highest-paid actresses in Chinese television, the Nirvana in Fire <琅琊榜> star joined an art ensemble for the military in Nanjing when she was only 16 years old. She then used the money she earned to study at the Foreign Language College. Her start to fame was through 2003’s Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils <天龙八部>, in which she played A’zhu. She has been on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 four times since 2014.
No. 2: Zanilia Zhao Liying (赵丽颖)
Zanilia was born and raised in a rural area in Langfang, Hebei. She attended the Langfang School of Electronic Information Engineering, a secondary professional training school. On a whim, she auditioned for a Yahoo! casting program, which connected her with Huayi Brothers. Zanilia is now one of China’s most successful television actress, as every drama she has starred in since 2016’s The Mystic Nine <老九门> has achieved record-breaking viewership ratings.
No.3: Huo Siyan (霍思燕)
Huo Siyan debuted in the industry when she was still in high school. After getting scouted by a talent agent, she was suggested to try out for a role in a new television series. Although both of her parents are in academia, Huo Siyan did not go back to school after graduating high school.
No. 4: Wang Baoqiang (王宝强)
The Detective Chinatown <> star came from humble beginnings. Raised in a village in Xingtai, Hebei, Wang Baoqiang left his family to train at the Shaolin Temple, and when he was 16 years old, he moved to Beijing to start a movie career without the support of his parents. Wang Baoqiang is now one of China’s biggest blockbuster stars.
No. 5: Chow Yun-fat (周潤發)
The legendary Hong Kong actor started providing for his family as soon as he graduated from middle school. He worked many odd jobs for years before making the decision to start his acting training with TVB. Chow Yun-fat is now worth over $5 billion HKD, which he plans to donate to charity when he passes away.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.