Before he was Don Draper in the hit series Mad Men, Jon Hamm was a struggling actor approaching his self imposed deadline on his dream. After graduating from college with an English degree, he taught eighth grade acting. In 1995, he decided to move out to Los Angeles and pursue acting. He got an agent and after three years, he didn’t get a single acting job and his agency dropped him.
He gave himself a deadline to make it as an actor and decided he would wait until he was 30 years old before he gave up on his dream. At the age of 29 he was casted in the television show Providence. That led him to quit waiting tables. When he turned 30, he was on the set of his first big movie, We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson. After many small roles over the next few years, in 2007 at the age of 36, he beat out 80 actors for the role of Don Draper on Mad Men.