13 Celebrities Who Had Interesting Careers before They Became Famous ...


Celebrities fascinate us on a daily basis with their glamorous lifestyles and the incredible projects they put out, but you may be surprised to learn that there are some celebrities who had interesting careers before they made it big. Your favorite actor or singer may have actually had quite the humble beginnings before entering Tinseltown. It's a little refreshing to hear about their previous jobs, since many of us may have held some of these at one point or another! Check out this list of celebrities who had interesting careers before they got their start:

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston Starting off this list of celebrities who had interesting careers is Ms. Aniston. Today Jen is a mega-celebrity, often gracing the covers of magazines and wowing us with her absolutely perfect head of hair, but before she became famous, Jen actually worked as a bike messenger and a telemarketer. Much like her character Rachel on Friends, Jen also worked as a waitress.



Madonna The Material Girl worked at a Dunkin' Donuts before getting fired for reportedly squirting jelly from jelly donuts on a customer (!). Sounds like something Madge would do!


Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi This rocker actually worked as a janitor before hitting the stage and topping the charts. Those are definitely some humble beginnings, which sort of shines through, doesn't it?


James Franco

James Franco Before becoming an Academy Award-nominated actor, James Franco worked as a grill cook at a McDonald's. Can you imagine pulling up to a drive through and having James Franco flipping your burger?!


Kanye West

Kanye West Well before he was the Louis Vuitton Don, Kanye West worked at a Gap retail store. It's hard to believe that the artist is now known for his fashion as well as his music. Do you think Gap wants him to design a line?


George Clooney

George Clooney As a regular athlete, George Clooney tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, but was turned down. The baseball team's loss is Hollywood's gain!


Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford It wasn't always glitz and glam for this supermodel. Before Cindy Crawford became one of the most famous models known to man, she shucked corn at a fair in Illinois.


Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher Maybe this actor is more like Steve Jobs than we thought! Before making it big, Ashton went to school for biomedical engineering. Big brains and good looks!


Walt Disney

Walt Disney Before creating the huge Disney empire, Walt Disney was actually fired from his newspaper cartoonist job because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." I'm sure his extreme success was the sweetest revenge to whomever made such a false claim!


Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani Before creating her L.A.M.B. empire and rocking stages all over the world, Gwen worked at a Dairy Queen. Turns out this job ended up leading to her great success since two of her fellow co-workers (including her older brother Eric) formed the band No Doubt.


Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Miss O didn't always receive a positive response from her viewers. One local news station told her that she "was unfit for television" and she was fired from her evening news reporting position before moving to daytime television.


Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez JLo is a quadruple threat with her singing, acting, dancing, and designing for clothing and perfume. Before claiming her multiple talents, however, she worked in a law office.


Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest Turns out Ryan has always had a golden voice and interned at a radio station before becoming the host of American Idol. His first on-air gig came about because the regular DJ was out sick—how’s that for luck?

Not every celebrity was just thrown in to stardom. It's pretty inspiring to hear stories of those who really had to work their way to the top, especially with very little money in their pockets. Have you ever had to work a less-than-glamorous career to make ends meet?

Sources: huffingtonpost.com, thechive.com, shape.com

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