Though previous generations were taught that finishing school is the guaranteed gateway to having a successful career, today’s creative youth believe that a world-class education can equally be found outside the classroom. In an age of copious, often free online-learning centers and tutorials, it’s easier than ever to learn an artistic discipline and steadily turn it into a career.

The artists on this list defied expectations early on and did so in times when it wasn’t as socially acceptable to drop out of school. All of them forged new paths and became very successful by trusting their instincts. Check out 10 Artists Who Made It Without Art School below.