Most people know Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, the crossbow-wielding survivalist on the hit zombie show "The Walking Dead."
But for most of his life, he was a struggling actor chasing a wild dream.
The filmmaker and actor has played dozens of gritty roles during the past decade and even worked as a model for brands such as Prada and Gap before landing breakout roles in "The Boondock Saints" and "Blade II."
"I mean, I've lived off $12 a month for probably a good portion of my life," Reedus told CNBC. "If it's something you really want, you have to roll with the rejection."