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We tend to assume that celebrities have always been rich and famous (they were born that way, right?).

But no, a few stars weren't always as glamorous as they are today. In fact, most of Hollywood's elite worked normal jobs, just like the rest of us, at some stage. 

Here, SHEmazing! rounds up our favourite 'before they were famous' gigs (and just wait until you see where Madonna worked…):


Brad Pitt

Brad worked in a fast food restaurant before he hit the big time. But it gets worse, he had to dance around in a chicken suit daily. Ouch.


Kim Kardashian

Before she shot to fame with Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim used to clear out celebrities wardrobes and sell all of the unwanted clothes on eBay for her clients. She even worked as Paris Hilton's personal assistant for a while. 


Johnny Depp

Mr. Depp sold pens by phone as a living before he pursued his dreams of becoming an actor. 


Rod Stewart

Before he became a music legend, Rod Stewart worked as a grave digger. We're sure that was kind of scary!



Queen Madge used to work at Dunkin' Donuts in New York's Time Square back in the day. She reportedly got fired for squirting jam all over a customer!


Gerard Butler

Before he became a movie hunk, Gerard had his heart set on becoming a lawyer. We think we prefer him acting though!


Sandra Bullock

Before winning Oscars and floating around in on-screen space, Sandra worked as a waitress and bartender in New York in the 1980s.


Jon Bon Jovi

The rocker used to help his cousin in a school where he was a janitor. While he worked he recorded his music which eventually led to his stardom. 


Rachel McAdams

Rachel used to work in McDonalds before she became a hot shot actress. The beauty stuck three whole years working there before she quit. 


Harrison Ford

Before he became Mr Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford worked as a carpenter in LA. 


Jennifer Aniston

The Friends beauty used to work as a telemarketer during the day and a waitress at night to pay for acting classes. And we're so glad she did. 


Hugh Grant

Hugh studied art history before he shot to fame. He abandoned his doctorate degree so he could pursue his dreams of acting. Bold move, Hugh, bold move. 



All this time in college you assumed that you would just walk into  job, right? Well, here are things that you need to know when finding your first real career break:

1. In everyone’s mind you’re officially an adult
In college you were only a student, in purgatory between a teenager and adult. No one could complain,  “sure, he’s going to university isn’t he”? This quickly changes when you leave college to “ah, he is taking a year out”, even though that usually involves some sort of travelling.

Grow_up2. Interviews can sometimes feel like an interrogation
It is bad enough when there is one interviewer, but  if there are two or three you feel like it’s an interrogation, as they slowly eye you up and crush your will.

the_appropriate_interrogation_method_for_suspect_2-444103. Working for free  is the most likely option
“Well, do you have any experience? No … well, you can always work for free” Yes it has come to this. You never thought  it would happen, but you’re thinking of working for free.

i_should_stop_working_for_free4. Oh, so that’s why you get a summer job
“Sure who needs a summer job, it’s only for money, I don’t need money.” When your young, money is just a thing you use to buy sweets. Summer job’s are all about experience  and you ponder this while looking at a blank CV.

rs_490x252-130924164450-tumblr_inline_mr8cxpB9Ak1qz4rgp5. Your CV is actually important
“CV? Sure I’ll just put my leaving cert results on it and it will be grand”. Hmm, you think that your employers are going to be impressed by your Leaving Cert results?

post-32130-Gordon-Ramsay--Do-you-want-a-f-YjJQ6. You’re not the only one
“I’m a shoe in, the interviewer really seems to like me.” Little do you realize that there are actually other people who went for the interview as well. They have more experience than you, better people skills, and have worked in a job like this before. Harsh, but true.

tumblr_m325a9qWoW1rosecn7. Socializing is a thing of the past
You will  quickly find out that when you’re not working you don’t have money.

tumblr_mbo1zugX9f1qg2uji8. Signing on
As much as you thought you wouldn’t need to, sometimes you may need to sign on. But don’t worry, hopefully it won’t be for too long. Keep up the motivation and don’t allow yourself to get stuck in a rut.

dole_1482505c9. Degree … What Degree?
You spend 3 0r 4 years doing a degree only to find out that the piece of paper is worthless and it’s in Latin so no one can read it. It is basically just used as an indication of what your interests are.


10. Chance to learn something new
Instead of staying at home watching daytime TV, you could actually make the most of your time and learn something new. You could finally learn to drive, learn a new language, go skydiving, go to the gym. The world is your oyster!

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