We have all heard about the tough path to break into the entertainment industry. Trying to be an actress or a movie star or a musician can be very exhausting.
It happens so much that it is almost a cliche. The small town girl or guy moves to LA from their little podunk, small towns to make it to Hollywood. They end up working as a waitress or doing other odd jobs. It has been the subject of many movies and TV shows. For example, the scenario on Glee for the last couple of seasons where the group of students that had graduated from high school were living in New York. They worked as singing servers at a cheesy diner in the city. There were several performance scenes in the diner. Some comedy actors start up as stand-up comedians touring and playing small gigs. Musicians play small gigs at hole-in-the-wall clubs.
Then there are those people who become famous for no reason like the infamous family, the Kardashians. Some musicians and actors were also reality TV show personalities. For instance, shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" have produced famous musicians and performers. YouTube brought us the abomination that is Justin Bieber. Famous authors start out posting small stories in magazines. Today, we have thousands of people starting their own blogs and becoming internet famous.
There are many paths one can take to make it big especially now with the power of the internet. But many of our legitimate actors and musicians all started the old-school way. They all had to maintain a real job to pay their bills while going out on auditions. Well, today I'm presenting to you the 15 oddest and/or most interesting stories of your favorite celebrities before they made it big.
15 Rod Stewart - Grave Digger
14 Charlize Theron - Town Square Singer
13 Tim Allen - 2 Year Bid In Prison For Dealing
12 Brad Pitt - Drove Strippers In A Limo
Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Michigan and studied journalism with a focus on advertising. He acted in a few fraternity shows while in school. He left school two credits short of his degree to move to LA and pursue his acting career.
11 Johnny Depp - Telemarketing And Pens
10 James Lipton - Used To Be A Pimp And A Lawyer
James Lipton is now an actor, director, writer, etc. He created the show Inside The Actor's Studio. As a reaction to his father's beatnik style, he became a lawyer. He took up acting as a side gig to help pay his way through law school. He moved to New York City and spent twelve years in performance arts school.
9 Ashton Kutcher - Worked At General Mills
8 Angelina Jolie - Studied Mortuary Science
Angelina Jolie wasn't always the major name she is today. After her grandfather died when she was young, she took courses in mortuary science. She did not finish but did receive her certificate. She started appearing in music videos at the age of 16 which is also when she first started in film. She appeared in some smaller films in the 90's such as Hackers (which is actually really good if you are a nerd). Her biggest break was in the 1999 movie, The Bone Collector, where she played a police officer working on a murder. It actually is fairly accurate in its portrayal of forensic investigation procedure.
7 Harrison Ford - Did Some Sports Commentary
Harrison Ford worked as a Boy Scout camp counselor for kids trying to get the reptile badge before he was known as Indiana Jones and Han Solo. He worked as a sports commentator for his high school football team. He also built custom furniture for the likes of Richard Dreyfuss and Joan Didion. He broke into movies in the 60's in Ironside and the Virginian.
6 Halle Berry - Pageants
Halle Berry started working in the children's section at Higbee's Department Store during college while she was studying broadcast journalism. She represented her home state of Ohio in a few beauty pageants. She won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant in 1985. The next year, she won the Miss U.S.A. Pageant.
5 Sean Connery - Milk Man
Sean Connery held many crazy jobs before stardom. He was a milkman for a while. He joined the Royal Navy for a tour. After discharge, he worked as a truck driver, a lifeguard, and a coffin polisher. He even served as an artist model for the Edinburgh College of Art. He had to choose between acting and playing football.
4 Walt Disney - Sold Snacks And Magazines For Railroad Company
3 Tom Cruise - Catholic Seminary
2 Morgan Freeman - Danced at the '64 World Fair
Morgan Freeman also delivered papers as a kid. He joined the Air Force, but never became the fighter pilot he wanted to be. He had a once in a lifetime gig of dancing at the 1964 World Fair. In the 60's and 70's, he mostly played roles on stage.
1 Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston, now well-known for his amazing portrayal of the drug dealer Walter White on Breaking Bad, worked on his grandparents' poultry farm as a youngster. He studied police science in college, and originally had aspirations of a law enforcement career. In his younger days, he also drove around the country by motorcycle with a friend. He was also the goofy dad on the sitcom Malcolm In The Middle. But, he has won more awards and gotten more famous from Breaking Bad. The New York Times magazine named him one of the top eight actors who turn "television into art."
Sources: IMDB; LifeBuzz.com
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