38 Celebrities Who Had Surprising Day Jobs Before They Were Famous
A first job can sometimes be a memorable experience. For some it is where you learn key characteristics that you can take with you in life. Surprisingly even most celebrities have first jobs they aren’t too proud of. Although they are big time celebrities making millions now, most of them had humble beginnings while trying to make it. Take a look at what these celebrities did before getting their big break.
Before wolverine Hugh Jackman worked as a clown at children’s parties. His name was “Coco” the clown and he did this gig for over three years! He make about $50 a show at the time. An actor’s got to do what an actor got to do!
George Clooney took on construction gigs before acting. He also worked at a women’s shoe store. He even sold insurance door-to-door. We are happy that George found his way to the stage.
Life for Jim Carey wasn’t always so funny. He had to work in a factory as a cleaner at the age of 13. His father lost his job and his family was homeless. Jim went to school in the day and worked a full shift at night.
Perhaps actor Vince Vahghn should have auditioned for Baywatch. After all he did work as a YMCA lifeguard in real life. He kept this gig until he was fired for being consistently late. Never the less he was right on time for Hollywood.
Oscar winner Halle Berry once worked as a saleswoman in a department store. Hallie worked in the children’s department after graduating from high school. When money was tight, the star even lived at a shelter for a time period. Those days are long gone.
Was Danny Devito a hair stylist to the dead? The answer is a resounding yes. The 5’ actor would got from one mortuary to the next to fix up the hair of dead women. With his assistance, the women’s hair was after life ready. This places the odd in odd jobs.
Actor Gerard Butler is just as comfortable in a court room as he is on stage. Long before 300 the thespian was a lawyer. His law degree came from the prestigious University of Glasgow Law School. It was a very prestigious career path, especially because his family came from modest beginnings. Gerard would have been fantastic in the courtroom.
Who could resist buying a hotdog from Eva Mendes? In her teenage years, the actress sold hot dogs on sticks at the mall. Her California roots run deep. Little did she know that Hollywood would come calling.
Imagine Evangline Lily passing you a bag of peanuts on your flight. That may very well have been the case if you were on a Royal Airlines flight. The star worked in that position and hated every minute of it. She is now on to bigger and better things of course.
Imagining the Prince of Darkness working at a slaughterhouse or morgue is not a stretch. But can you imagine Ozzy fixing your clogged pipes? Yes the front man was once a plumber’s assistant, as well as the other jobs. Perhaps his stint at the slaughter house is what turned him into a vegetarian.
Hot for teacher for sure. Sheryl Crow worked as an elementary music school teacher after college. Looks like she always had a love for music. We are sure none of the boys skipped her class.
How about a big McAdams? Actress Rachel McAdams worked at McDonald’s before she was famous. She was only a teen when she graced the franchise with her beauty. Apparently she said that she wasn’t a god worker so they don’t miss her but we sure love her!
Fall into the rap? Believe it or not, Kanye used to work as a sales person at the Gap. It was his part time High School gig. According to the mega star, the job inspired him to design clothes.
Nicole Kidman worked as a massage therapist to help support her family. She was only 17 years old when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Along with the money made, Nicole was able to sooth her mom’s aching body. Acting was put on hold.
Would you have purchased a shoe from Kevin Hart? Before Kevin Hart shot to comedy superstardom he worked as a shoe salesman. He may have missed that mark but there are few that can match his comedy status.
Tina Fey had to be the funniest receptionist ever! She worked at a YMCA in Evanston, Illinois before hitting it big. The actress and writer worked during the day and studied stage acting at night. Her hard work paid off in a big way.
Siegfried, Roy and Christopher Walken? Yes, the famed actor was once a lion tamer. As a teenager he answered an ad in the paper. Who would have guessed that one?
Rihanna a street vendor? Strange but so very true. The pop singer once sold hats and clothes on the streets of Barbados. She worked with her father selling items out of the trunk of their car, umbrella anyone?
Perhaps that dark persona is not all acting. Angelina Jolie applied to become a funeral home director before taking on acting. Now all of the gothic beliefs makes sense. I think we still love her as an actress better.
From sweeper to songbird. Mariah Carey’s former gig was sweeping up hair in a salon. According to Mariah, it was not a great job due to the owner’s peculiar ways. The owner insisted on calling her “Echo” instead of Mariah. The songstress walked out one day and never returned.
Art was imitating life in the movie Magic Mike. Channing Tatum actually worked as a stripper at one point. He began stripping at 19 years to earn cash. He has come a long way.
He may have had humble beginnings but Harry Styles was headed in one direction. Before his boy band success, he worked in a bakery. Back then he only made about $8 an hour. The tables he once cleaned have surly turned.
If you had your hair done at a Houston salon back in the 80’s, you may have saw a young Beyonce working away. Her job was to sweep up the loose hair as Tina’s business. But the young future star didn’t just sweep. Beyonce also sung for tips.
Brad Pitt was not always the on screen heart throb we see today. He once worked as a limo driver for strippers. No the most prestigious job in the world for sure. But it gets worst, he also worked at the El Pollo Loco restaurant as the chicken mascot; that had to be the pits!
Now this is what you call a pool boy. Hunky Owen Wilson used to be a pool cleaner before getting discovered in Hollywood. He admitted that he was fired from the job for getting into the pool. Now he has his own pool to dive into.
Will she be there for you? Perhaps not when Jennifer Aniston worked as a bike messenger in New York. Apparently she was bad with directions. Well, looks like she figured it all out on set.
You see food, we see a rapper. Nicki Minaj once worked as a waitress at Red Lobster. She noted that it was not her favorite job. She was fired for being rude to customers; imagine that.
Before Taylor swiftly shot up the charts, she was looking for bugs. The singer song writer grew up on a Christmas Tree farm, and had a special job. Her task was to find praying mantis pods and pull them off the trees. Who knew that this was even a job?
This had to be the foxiest smoothie shop worker ever. It is hard to imagine Megan Fox doing anything aside from acting. But there was once a time when the young actress worked at a smoothie shop. She even dressed up as banana for the gig, a foxy banana of course.
Russell Crowe didn’t start off as an actor. He actually begin his career as a musician in the early 80’s. Russ Le Roq – his stage name – released one song titled, ‘I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando’. How ironic is that?
Did you know that Tom Cruise once worked as a paperboy in Kentucky? Before becoming a teenager he had to help provide for his family. After school he even considered becoming a priest. That mission seems impossible now.
Lucy Liu worked as an aerobics instructor and secretary. She kept a grueling schedule but stayed focused. The weekdays were spent working as a secretary and on the weekends she taught aerobics. The aerobics really paid off for the actress.
Long before basking in Hollywood, Julia Roberts was Basin Robbins. The pretty woman was, of all things, an ice cream scooper. She worked at the franchise but wanted to be a veterinarian. We are all happy that she side stepped into acting.
Before Oscar, Tony, and Gammy winner Whoopi Goldberg shot to stardom, she was in a dark place. She actually worked as a makeup artist for the dearly departed. Her intention was to work with live people after receiving her beautician’s license. However, the morgue was hiring so there she went.
Long before there was Mick, there was a Mike. Mike as in Mike Jagger the porter at a mental hospital. The Rolling Stones lead singer once worked at Bexley psychiatric hospital. After starting up the stones, he never stopped, or looked back.
Have it your way? Before her American Idol debut, Jennifer Hudson worked at Burger King. Word is that she even sung through the drive through speakers. After her one night club singing checks grew larger than her two week Burger King checks, she moved on.
You think he was hamming it up? Perhaps Jon Ham had to laugh at his old job so he wouldn’t cry. Jon worked as a set dresser for adult films. Either way the star got the last laugh for sure.
The tips must have been pretty good for this future actress. Before Amy Adams starred on the big screen, she worked at Hooters. At the age of 18 the actress strutted her curves at the popular eatery. She was quoted by saying it was a great way to earn college money.
Actor Johnny Depp has sold her all with his acting skills. However he once had to sell clients ball point pens. Depp worked as a personalized pen salesman. We are sure that he honed those acting chops with the 100’s of calls he had to make.
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