Making It

A Passion To Succeed

Think it's too late to find fame and fortune? Think again.

CBS News 48 Hours takes a look at a few people who dreamed of making it big in entertainment. They were regular Joes and Josephines, without million-dollar bank accounts to fund their projects. How did they do?

Among the extraordinary people you'll meet on this Thursday's show are:

  • Nicholas Sparks, a pharmaceutical salesman who dreamed of becoming a novelist - and did. He's just finished his third book, and his second book, a bestseller like the first, is being turned into a movie starring Paul Newman and Kevin Costner.
  • Vin Diesel , a charismatic young filmmaker/actor who dreams of breaking through at the famed Sundance Film Festival.
  • Darren Aronofsky , another obsessive filmmaker with dreams of cinematic stardom. Interestingly, both Vin and Darren find success, but follow very different paths.

One Who Made it -- When CBS News 48 Hours met Darren Aronofsky, he had little more than high hopes and a passion for filmmaking. His movie, Pi, has since struck gold. Find out how he made that leap, and how it's changed his life.
Links To The Stars -- Follow the trail of fame and fortune with a rundown of sites inspired by the projects featured on CBS News 48 Hours.

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Produced by David Kohn and Dan Milikow