“Timing is everything.” “It’s all about who you know.” These are common clichés about the pratfalls of landing a job, but clichés are clichés for a reason—they possess annoying truths. Sometimes we forget that acting is also a job—not a hobby—and so those career wisdoms of patience and networking definitely hold true. But with the below highlights of roles that changed the careers of actors, so is the following advice: “It’s okay to show up to an interview with a swollen face,” and “Sure, go ahead and take your voice inspiration from a Claymation horse, that’s a great idea!” Because if it worked once somewhere for someone, that’s all it takes. Here are 12 actors whose careers changed due to certain roles.