ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

As James Brown lamented, you pay the cost to be the boss.

But for some of our favorite movie stars, it seems the cost is a little higher than others. A-Listers from Jay-Z (a very successful former crack dealer), to Jennifer Aniston (a much less successful telemarketer) had to graft like mere mortals before getting anywhere near fame.

We've collected some of their most bizarre previous professions, which pay testament to the fact that no one gets through life without an awkward phase.

7) Victoria Beckham was a sperm on roller skates


Boy, it was fun writing that sentence. 90s Spice Girl darling and professional sassy dresser Victoria Beckham was once a rollerskating sperm on a BBC show entitled 'Body Matters'.

(Source: Star Crush)

6) Hugh Jackman was a clown at kid's parties

Jackman earned $50 a show entertaining children, but he admits he wasn't great at it:

I made my living as a clown at kids' parties for about three years. I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying 'Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn't know any tricks.

(Source: Business Insider)

5) Whoopi Goldberg was a Morgue Beautician

Edgy SNL comic turned runaway nun in Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg once had a job making corpses look pretty before burial. And her boss had an interesting way of inducting her:

I heard a sort of creaking. I turned round and one of the drawers was slowly opening. Then someone sat up and waved at me. Someone who should have been dead. [My boss] jumped out and said: “That’s the worst thing that could ever happen to you here, and it won’t. So there’s nothing to be scared of."

(Source: Now)

4) Jon Hamm was a set dresser for porn films

  I say!
I say!

Pre-Mad Men fame Jon Hamm was a struggling actor working several dead-end jobs, including a stint as a set dresser for soft-core porn movies, something he's not exactly proud of:

It was a couple of weeks and it was a pretty depressing way to make a couple hundred bucks a day.

(Source: Daily Mail)

3) Kanye West worked as a sales assistant at Gap

  Service with a smile...
Service with a smile...

The man who proclaims himself "Yeezus" and who toasted his new wife Kim Kardashian at their wedding with a 20-minute speech about his thoughts on celebrity was once just an average sales adviser. At friendly 90s brand Gap of all places.

2) George Clooney was a door-to-door insurance salesman

Which might not sound that interesting, but Clooney was also apparently a lethal killer:

I sold insurance door-to-door, but it didn't work out well. The first day I sold one (policy) and the guy died.

(Source: Evening Standard)

1) Johnny Depp sold pens over the phone

Before he tried his hands at acting, Depp was a ballpoint pen salesman trying to support his first wife Lori Anne Allinson.

Oh how times change.

(Source: MSN)


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