Ever feel like you're stuck in a crap job with no end in sight? It's a relatable feeling: I love my current job, but the horror stories I have about working six years in retail and customer service could fill the first three books of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.
So how do you find motivation? Easy: by relating to famous people. Which is doable. Sometimes.
A great deal of celebrities found themselves in dead-end, often downright grotty jobs before they made it big. Some of them hit the minimum wage grind for longer than others, but either way, all of these people ended up successful, so I hope this list is motivating for all you hometown heroes!
Jon Hamm was a Porno Set Designer
Okay, so the official term is Set Dresser, and it was for Cinemax (A.K.A. Skinemax) softcore no-naughty-bits movies. This was first brought up by Anderson Cooper, who asked Hamm about the profession:
There was a reason that I was hired to do that job and it wasn't because they needed somebody excellent in that position. If they were focusing on whether the ashtray was in the right place then someone else had done their job terribly ... So it was a couple of weeks and it was a pretty depressing way to make a couple hundred bucks a day.
He worked hard for the money.
Sly Stallone Cleaned Up Lion Poop
Before he exploded onto our screens as the iconic Rocky and Rambo, Sylvester Stallone took on a bevy of jobs as an up-and-coming actor. Alongside cleaning lion cages at the Central Park Zoo, he was also a movie theater usher, and (coincidentally) appeared in an adult film called A Party at Kitty and Studs in the 70's.
Victoria Beckham Played a Rollerskating Sperm
Before she was Posh Spice (or a vastly successful model and businesswoman), Victoria Beckham took on a roll as a rollerskating sperm for a sex education film on the BBC, titled "Body Matters". Uhm. Yay for educating the masses! SCIENCE!
Jennifer Aniston was a Telemarketer
There's probably a reason that the leading lady only lasted two weeks in telemarketing (I lasted one day - two weeks is a commitment with telemarketing) and that reason is more than likely because of the people she had to call. Said the actress, "I was awful, selling timeshares in the Poconos and upsetting people terribly and me just being the worst at it, because I just apologized profusely and hung up the phone," she's said. Up and onward, as they say.
Brad Pitt was a Dancing Chicken
Brad Pitt's very first job was at a popular American chicken restaurant chain called El Pollo Loco. Pitt dressed up in a giant chicken costume and danced/spun signs/handed out flyers on the street to attract new customers.
Kanye West Worked Retail
I can't even begin to fathom what his customer service skills were like, but in my heart of hearts, Kanye is the employee who stands up against cruddy customers and explains that no, their needs are not more important than the company -- his are. In all seriousness, Kanye worked at the GAP before exploding onto the music scene and dressing like Westerosi Royalty.
Whenever you're feeling down, just think of your favorite actor, singer or role model; chances are, they worked a really horrible job (in porn, retail, poop, or telemarketing) but they didn't give up and worked to become who they are today. You can do this, retail warrior!