It's no secret that entertainment is one hard industry to crack into. Even if it's hard to imagine Brad Pitt ever struggling to find work, some of Hollywood's biggest stars had to start out taking odd jobs here and there to bulk up their resumes and pay the bills.
Not only is this a collection of nostalgia-inducing commercials but it also shows 16 celebrities and some of the gigs they booked when massive movie and television success seemed lightyears away.
1 - Keanu Reeves - Coca Cola & Cornflakes
Before he was Neo and John Wick, Keanu Reeves was merely a man riding a bike and a waiter setting a table with lots of Corn Flakes, for some reason.
2 - Salma Hayek - Burger Boy
Yes, the gorgeous, stunning Salma Hayek once put on this headband and...cape to advertise a burger chain in the late '80s. Oh Salma, how far you've come!
3 - Bryan Cranston - Preparation H
Prior to peddling Blue Sky on the streets of New Mexico, Bryan Cranston was peddling Preparation H instead.
4 - Leonardo DiCaprio - Bubble Yum & Kraft Cheese
Between Bubble Yum and Kraft Cheese, it looks like casting directors knew that young Leo had the acting chops to sell these products to parents and children alike. If it was good enough for Leo, it's good enough for me!
5 - Elijah Wood - Cheese
My favorite thing about this is it's just a nondescript "cheese" commercial from America's dairy farmers. I guess they were really thinking about what would make Elijah finally eat his broccoli.
6 - Mila Kunis - Lisa Frank & Telephone Tammy
If this isn't a throwback to the mid-'90s then I don't know what is. Mila was adorable back then, but she grew into an A-list bombshell in seemingly no time!
7 - Brad Pitt - Pringles
Shirtless Brad eating Pringles? Two of my favorite things.
8 - Steve Carell - Brown's Chicken
As we all know, Michael Scott went from being the spokesman for Brown's Chicken to becoming the Regional Manager of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch. Just a few short years later, Steve Carell was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Foxcatcher.
9 - Sarah Michelle Gellar - Burger King
I can definitely see how Sarah Michelle Gellar went from this spunky little girl to the Slayer. First taking down big burger chains, then taking down the Big Bads.
10 - Meg Ryan - Burger King
Before she was America's sweetheart, Meg Ryan also did commercials for Burger King. But she and SMG aren't the only alumni of the burger chain...
11 - Ben Affleck - Burger King
Leave it to Ben Affleck to deliver a Burger King salad to a random girl and not expect anything in return. What a good guy!
12 - Kristen Stewart - Porsche
Would the young Kristen Stewart miss the bus intentionally to ride in her dad's Porsche? This commercial certainly suggests so.
13 - Jack Black - Pitfall!
How is it that decades have passed since this commercial was released and Jack Black looks virtually the same?
So if you ever feel down and out about achieving your dreams, just remember that Brad Pitt once went shirtless for a Pringles commercial and Bryan Cranston tried to sell you Preparation H. They all had to start somewhere!