Crappy Jobs Celebs Had Before They Were Famous

Ever have one of those days where you're like, "Wow, my life is one great big ball of $#!+ and going nowhere fast"? I know I have. Usually, for me, this state of mind comes as a result of the job I'm currently employed at. And believe me, I have worked my fair share of $#!++y jobs to produce that mentality: grocery store bagger, car washer, dog walker, clothing store salesman, waiter, cell phone salesman, raking rocks at a golf course (yes, that's a real job), and the list goes on and on. But the one thing that always lifts my spirits while doing these kinds of jobs is knowing someone else has been here before and gone on to success.
by Brett Ryland
So, if you're anything like me, here's a list of $#!++y jobs famous people had before they got famous that will, hopefully, make you feel better about yourself.
Ever have one of those days where you're like, "Wow, my life is one great big ball of $#!+ and going nowhere fast"? I know I have. Usually, for me, this state of mind comes as a result of the job I'm currently employed at. And believe me, I have worked my fair share of $#!++y jobs to produce that mentality: grocery store bagger, car washer, dog walker, clothing store salesman, waiter, cell phone salesman, raking rocks at a golf course (yes, that's a real job), and the list goes on and on. But the one thing that always lifts my spirits while doing these kinds of jobs is knowing someone else has been here before and gone on to success.
1. Kanye West worked as a sales assistant at The Gap.
1. Kanye West worked as a sales assistant at The Gap.
2. Brad Pitt stood on a street corner wearing a chicken suit trying to attract customers to an El Pollo Loco.
2. Brad Pitt stood on a street corner wearing a chicken suit trying to attract customers to an El Pollo Loco.
3. Mad Men’s Jon Hamm worked as a dish washer in a restaurant.
3. Mad Men’s Jon Hamm worked as a dish washer in a restaurant.
4. Eva Mendes worked at a mall fast food restaurant called "Hot Dog On A Stick."
4. Eva Mendes worked at a mall fast food restaurant called "Hot Dog On A Stick."
5. Diddy worked as a busboy at a Mexican restaurant called "El Torito."
5. Diddy worked as a busboy at a Mexican restaurant called "El Torito."
6. Madonna worked at a Dunkin' Donuts.
6. Madonna worked at a Dunkin' Donuts.
7. No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani worked at Dairy Queen.
7. No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani worked at Dairy Queen.
8. Megan Fox dressed up as a giant banana while working for a smoothie shop in Florida.
8. Megan Fox dressed up as a giant banana while working for a smoothie shop in Florida.
9. James Franco & Rachel McAdams both worked the register at a McDonald's
9. James Franco & Rachel McAdams both worked the register at a McDonald's
9b. ...but not at the same one.
9b. ...but not at the same one.
9c. Here's Rachel McAdams again because she is too adorable for this world.
9c. Here's Rachel McAdams again because she is too adorable for this world.
10. Whoopi Goldberg was once a makeup artist in a funeral home.
10. Whoopi Goldberg was once a makeup artist in a funeral home.
11. Denzel Washington used to sweep up hair in a barbershop.
11. Denzel Washington used to sweep up hair in a barbershop.
12. President Barack Obama worked as an ice cream scooper at Baskin-Robbins. (We wanted to 'shop an ice cream scoop into his hands, but Getty said we couldn't. Boooo!)
12. President Barack Obama worked as an ice cream scooper at Baskin-Robbins. (We wanted to 'shop an ice cream scoop into his hands, but Getty said we couldn't. Boooo!)
13. Sylvester Stallone used to clean the lion cages at the Central Park Zoo.
13. Sylvester Stallone used to clean the lion cages at the Central Park Zoo.
14. Hugh Jackman worked as a clown at kids' birthday parties.
14. Hugh Jackman worked as a clown at kids' birthday parties.
15. Jon Stewart was a stock boy at a New Jersey Woolworth's.
15. Jon Stewart was a stock boy at a New Jersey Woolworth's.
16. Jim Carrey worked as a janitor in a tire factory.
16. Jim Carrey worked as a janitor in a tire factory.
17. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright worked as a bra salesman in a department store.
17. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright worked as a bra salesman in a department store.
18. Tom Hanks once worked as a popcorn and peanuts vendor at the Oakland Coliseum.
18. Tom Hanks once worked as a popcorn and peanuts vendor at the Oakland Coliseum.
19. Quentin Tarantino famously used to work as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store.
19. Quentin Tarantino famously used to work as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store.
20. Amy Adams was a Hooters waitress.
20. Amy Adams was a Hooters waitress.
21. Nicole Kidman worked as a massage therapist.
21. Nicole Kidman worked as a massage therapist.
22. Matthew McConaughey cleaned out chicken coops while living in Australia for a year.
22. Matthew McConaughey cleaned out chicken coops while living in Australia for a year.
23. Jennifer Aniston worked as a bike messenger in New York City.
23. Jennifer Aniston worked as a bike messenger in New York City.
24. Jerry Seinfeld used to work as a telephone salesman selling fluorescent light bulbs.
"What is the deal with phone salesmen pitching light bulbs? Don't they know they're audio, not visual?" (You're welcome for that total '90s immersion experience, readers.)
24. Jerry Seinfeld used to work as a telephone salesman selling fluorescent light bulbs.
25. Ryan Reynolds worked the graveyard shift at a grocery store.
25. Ryan Reynolds worked the graveyard shift at a grocery store.
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