Prior to his acting career taking off with 21 Jump Street, Depp was a musician. After dropping out of high school to play music, Tim Burton's favorite guy found himself in a number of tribute bands, where he spent the night in the shoes of the B52s, Iggy Pop, and KISS.
After playing in a number of bands and spending some time as a telemarketer, Depp met Nicholas Cage through his first wife. The Cage advised Johnny to get into the acting game. Though he split from his wife the next year, acting suited Depp, and he left the cat makeup and telemarketing behind.