Some celebrities are so glamorous that it’s hard to imagine them doing jobs like any other normal person before they were famous.
But even some of the most famous celebrities had to earn a buck before they made it big. From sweating over a deep fryer at a hamburger joint to catering to other people’s whims as a salesperson, Hollywood stars have held all kinds of unglamorous jobs.
If you’re stuck working at a so-so summer job, just remind yourself that celebrities had to pay their dues in dead-end jobs too. It might seem unfair now that you have to spend the gorgeous summer months slaving away, but who knows where you’ll end up down the line! Just take a look at where these celebrities started out before they were famous.
1. Jennifer Aniston
Before she became famous as America’s sweetheart by playing Rachel on “Friends,” Jennifer Aniston was waiting tables. Ex-husband Brad Pitt was also once in manual labor, working as a refrigerator mover.
2. Oprah Winfrey
At age 16, the future television talk-show queen scored a job at a radio station in Nashville, Tennessee, kicking off her media career. Before that, this celebrity’s summer job consisted of working in a grocery store – her very first job.
Celebrities have had summer jobs just as bad as yours, and Madonna’s case proves it. Before she was famous, the pop queen used to work at a Dunkin’ Donuts. No word on whether she hated wearing a uniform just as much as you do.
4. Warren Buffett
This billionaire has made a fortune with smart investments, but he got his start far off from Wall Street. He was a paper boy for “The Washington Post” newspaper.
5. Mariah Carey
Once a diva, always a diva. Some celebrities acted like they were famous even before they achieved stardom. Carey was reportedly fired from numerous jobs (coat check girl, waitress) for having a bad attitude before she was famous.
6. Stephen King
The famous horror author got the idea for one of his first big books, “Carrie,” while working as a janitor and cleaning a girls’ locker room. Creepy!
7. Steve Jobs
It’s never too early to gain some experience through an internship! At least that’s what tech mogul Steve Jobs must have been thinking when he applied for an internship at Hewlett-Packard at age 12. Even better? He actually scored the gig — long before becoming famous as co-founder of Apple.
8. David Lee Roth
The Van Halen rocker might win among celebrities in a competition for least-glamorous job. Before he took to the stage, Roth worked as a hospital orderly, fluffing pillows and emptying bedpans. But actress Demi Moore, with her stint at a debt collection agency, is a close second among celebrities with unglamorous former jobs.
9. Douglas McMillon
His name might not sound familiar, but he’s well-known in the corporate world: McMillon is CEO of Wal-Mart International. He started with the company long before he was famous in big business. At age 17 he was working to unload Wal-Mart trucks.
This last juicy detail is for those of you who have ever committed a major gaffe at the office. On McMillon’s first day on the job, he crashed his car – into his boss’s.
It’s nice to know that before they were famous, not only did celebrities hold unglamorous jobs – they also screwed up on the job!