Just like everyone else, celebrities, stars, famous people (or whatever you would like to refer to them as) have not always been famous. Yes, some of them were born with a silver spoon in their mouths, and some of them were born into a talent dynasty. However, this does not guarantee that they will too be as successful as their parents, siblings or cousins. Most of the time they too had to scrimp and save every penny, work odd end jobs to stay afloat, and some of them never meant to end up in the entertainment business. They had other dreams and aspirations; lawyers, doctors, teachers and scientists, you know the normal stuff that you actually have to go to university for. Nevertheless, let’s be 100% real; if you too had a chance to have fame and fortune, most of you would leave an equally rewarding career to pursue it. We are used to hearing stories of hard times and someone rising from the ashes like a phoenix to transform themselves; but truth be told the celebrities you are going to see on this list were doing just fine before falling into fame and if it was not for their love of the arts, they would still be living a pretty comfortable life today. With jobs like custom furniture maker, politician and educator, there is no way you can lose in life. If you were ever curious about what some of your favorite celebrities were doing before they were entertaining you, here is a list that will peak your interest.
10 Harrison Ford – Carpenter
9 Hugh Grant – Journalist
8 Jerry Springer – Politics And Law
7 Evangeline Lilly – Flight Attendant
6 Hugh Jackman – P.E. Teacher
5 Gerard Butler – Lawyer
4 Sheryl Crow – Primary School Teacher
3 Connie Britton – Aerobics Instructor
2 Ellen DeGeneres – Paralegal
1 Ken Jeong - Doctor
Funny guy Ken Jeong was a doctor before he traded the ER scrubs in for a mic stand. Jeong told People magazine that he always had a passion for acting but did not act on it until he played a doctor in the film Knocked Up!. He stated that his wife saw that he had caught the acting bug and was very instrumental in him pursing this as a second career. Proof that he still has a passion for medicine can be seen in Jeong’s new ABC show Dr. Ken, where he plays (that’s right you guessed it) a comedic doctor. Mirroring life much?
Sources: shape.com, theguardian.com, huffingtonpost.com, people.com
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