It would be a legit dream to star on a Disney Channel show, and for some, that dream isn't just a wish your heart makes, it's a reality. And if you've ever wanted that reality to come true for you too, you may have wondered how your faves like Peyton Meyer and China Anne McClain got their own stints on DC. Well, while the short version of most entertainment industry successes involves going to an audition and, you know, doing well on the audition, sometimes there's a much more interesting backstory… potentially with something for hopefuls to learn.

Unsurprisingly, having super supportive parents helps. When Dove Cameron was growing up in Washington and still going by Chloe Celeste Hosterman, she was heavily involved in the acting world. "Acting was just something that was prevalent in my life, my mother was a local actress and so I just sort of grew up as a theater rat, I was always in the wings and helping her rehearse her lines and hanging out with the other actors," she told Access Hollywood in 2013. "And so it was my life, I didn't know anything else."

Naturally, when Dove got involved in community theater at the age of eight her mom was firmly on board with the decision. But it took a major career disappointment six years later for the family to make the move to LA… and thank goodness they did because we couldn't imagine a world without Dove on our screens!

But hers is one example among a gazillion. Whether it was to chase a dream, or a matter of sheer, dumb luck, there are a lot of ways that DC stars landed the roles they're now famed for. Check out the gallery to see how some of the biggest names in the Disney Channel family broke into the industry!

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