Actor and screenwriter Jim Carrey is best known for his comedic roles in a variety of American films. His current net worth is estimated at $150 million. This is after he went through a period of struggling. He has managed to stay on top despite the need to take a break for a little while because of some personal difficulties. How did he build such a massive fortune? After conducting a little research, we discovered that the majority of his wealth has been earned through his successful acting and screenwriting career.
His early life
Carrey was born on January 17th of 1962 in the Ontario city of Newmarket in Canada. He is the youngest of four children. He was raised as a Catholic. From the time he was a child, Jim had a special talent for doing impressions of famous people. When he was just ten years of age, he was precocious yet confident in his talents and abilities. He wrote to the Carol Burnett Show and let them know what he was able to do and actually asked them if they would consider allowing him on the show to perform. When he was a teenager, he attended High School at Aldershot, where the family had moved when he was just eight. He did the things that normal teenagers do.
Jim didn't exactly hit the ground running when he started out in his career. It was a real struggle, but he had the support of his family regardless. He managed to secure a few gigs in several local comedy clubs in the Toronto area, but his act didn't go over very well. As a young entertainer, the odds of his success didn't seem good, so he took the time to refine his act. After working out some of the kinks, he went back to the stage for a second go-round. His second appearance was far more impressive and the reviews he received were much more positive. In fact, they were so good that some were willing to offer to pay him for gigs.
Prior to wealth and fame
Carrey had maintained a unique perspective on life. He developed his own strategy for achieving success in his endeavors and he believed in the practice of visualization. He took a bold step and wrote out a check to himself in the amount of ten million dollars. He kept the check inside his wallet and there it stayed to remind him that he'd one day earn a net worth of this amount. Little did he know at the time that his career would bring in fifteen times that much by the age of 55.
His early successes
After gaining a good measure of exposure as an impressionist and comedian in the early 1990s, Carrey made his way into film. His first major roles were in Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask. His comedy style was fresh and different than anyone else's and the public loved him. His first three films were very well received and his fame began to rise. The following decade, Carrey accepted stronger roles in films such as Me, Myself & Irene with Renee Zellweger, Bruce Almighty with Morgan Freeman, Liar Liar, and many more titles. He was one of the top-billed comedy actors of the 2000s.
Highlights of his career
Jim Carrey is currently one of the richest comedy actors in the world but how did he get there? His remarkable performances in three 1994 films including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and the Mask, followed two years later by The Cable Guy, Liar Liar in 1997, The Truman Show the following year, Bruce Almighty in 2003, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind in 2004, Yes Man in 2008 and Dumb & Dumber To in 2014.
His attitude about life and success has been a big part of his achievements. Carrey has been upfront about sharing his secrets for success. He believes that you need to appreciate the little things and to be thankful for what you have. He also shared that it's important to believe in yourself and to not doubt your true potential. Even when things looked bleak for his career he kept moving forward and didn't give up. He just went to the drawing board and did something about it. Whatever wasn't working was what he changed and that was a brilliant strategy. He also believes that you need to stay humble regardless of the success that you achieve.
Written by Garrett Parker
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