We bring to You the odd jobs famous celebrities did before becoming famous.
#1. Brad Pitt
Brad was two credits shy of graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism, when he dropped out and moved to LA. During his pursuit of stardom, he delivered refrigerators, drove exotic dancers around in a limousine and wore a chicken suit and danced around for el Pollo Loco.
#2. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp was a telemarketer. He sold pens and recalls: “I was selling pens..You’re calling people who don’t want you to call them. You put on your best fake voice and try and sell them a gross or two of ballpoint pens with their name printed on them. First you say, ‘Congratulations. you have just become eligible to win a grandfather clock’ – or a trip to Greece or a Jacuzzi or whatever.’ ”
#3. Angelina Jolie
Angelina, disappointed with how her grandfathers funeral was conducted, pursued course work in mortuary science but did not receive her certificate. She started appearing in music videos at the age of 16 and films shortly after.
#4. George Clooney
At the age of 16, George tried out for the Cincinatti Reds baseball team. He did not get a contract and decided to go to college to become a broadcast journalist. After dropping out of school, he held many odd jobs including shoe salesman and tobacco farm hand before moving to LA.
#5. Jon Bon Jovi
Like many people his age, Jon sold newspapers as a youngster. After high school, he worked as a janitor at his cousin Tony Bongiovi’s recording studio where he recorded his first single “Runaway” at the age of 18.
#6. Sandra Bullock
#7. Harrison Ford
Before becoming Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford worked at a Boy Scout adventure camp as a counselor for the reptile merit badge. He also worked as a sports commentator for his high school prior to building custom furniture for people like Richard Dreyfuss and Joan Didion.
#8. Eva Mendes
#9. Jennifer Aniston
Before we knew Jennifer as Rachel on “Friends,” she worked as a telemarketer. Other jobs Jennifer has had are waitress and bike messenger. She also appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” as a spokesmodel.
#10. Tim Allen
Tim Allen’s past jobs have included working at a student run radio station and a sporting goods salesperson. His most renowned past job however, was that of a drug dealer. Allen was arrested at the Kalamazoo airport with over a pound of cocaine.
#11. Cindy Crawford
Some stars had very few jobs prior to their success. Cindy was one of them. She was photographed de-tasseling corn and the positive feedback convinced her to sign a contract with Elite Modeling Management.
#12. Mariah Carey
Mariah signed her first recording contract with Columbia at the age of 18. Prior to that, she studied cosmetology and had several jobs in salons before she gave up on that dream. She also held jobs as a waitress and a coat check person.
#13. Sean Connery
Sean had many jobs prior to stardom. One of his first jobs was delivering milk door to door. He later served in the Royal Navy. After his discharge from the navy, he worked as a truck driver, life guard and coffin polisher.
#14. Walt Disney
Before Walt Disney won any of his 22 Academy Awards, he had many odd jobs. His entrepreneurial career started as a paperboy. He also worked for the railroad selling travelers snacks and magazines. When he was rejected by the army, he joined the Red Cross and drove an ambulance in France at the end of WWI.
#15. Tom Cruise
#16. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman delivered newspapers as a youngster in Mississippi. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force, but never became the fighter pilot he wanted to be, so he quit after four years. While looking for acting work, Freeman performed as a dancer at the 1964 World’s Fair.