ByNeil Shah, writer at
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Neil Shah

Celebs didn't start out as actors, singers, and etc. All of these celebs had a whole different life before they became famous. Most of these celebrities started out poor, but with incredible hard work, they became rich and famous as they are today. Let's take a look at the lives these celebs had before they became well-known:

Jay Z Was A Drug Dealer!

Ah. The rapper we all have listened to at least once has revealed to us that he was once a drug dealer. In an interview, Jay Z admit that being a drug dealer taught him to be business savvy. He said, "I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up.”

Patrick Dempsey was a Champion Juggler!

Who knew Grey's Anatomy's Derek Shepherd was a brilliant juggler? NNDB reveals that Dempsey was known for his juggling skills around town as a boy. He competed at the International Jugglers Association's convention, even finishing in second place in the Juniors category behind an 8-year-old. And that 8-year old was Anthony Gatto, who is known as a world-renowned professional juggler holding several world records for juggling.

Channing Tatum was a Stripper!

Yep, not only did he play one in Magic Mike, he actually was one. He did it for eight whole months when he was 19. And to prove it, here's a picture that emerged showing Tatum as an 18 year old stripper under the name 'Chan Crawford'. He is shown wearing a thong.

Hugh Jackman Worked as a Party Clown!

“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' - and he was right."- Hugh Jackman

The actor who played an amazing Wolverine for 7 films was once a mere party clown. He earned around $50 per party. Not bad.

Jon Hamm Worked as a Set-Dresser for Soft-Core 'Erotic Films'!

Mad Men alum, Jon Hamm, had one of the most surprising jobs before he became famous. He was a set dresser on erotic, soft-core, films. "I was not a set designer, in fact I was a set dresser", he says. He says his job was to move "furniture around naked people." Hamm was quick to point out that work he did was for strictly "soft-core" material.

Matt LeBlanc Worked and Trained to be a Simple Carpenter...

A fan-favorite of the show, Friends, on which he portrayed amusing Joey Tribbiani, Matt LeBlanc trained and even worked as a carpenter for a very short while. LeBlanc was an only child in a working-class family. His grandfather was a carpenter, his father a mechanic. LeBlanc trained to be a carpenter. ‘Because you build things that people are going to be living in for a long time. They lie in bed nights and look up at the ceiling moulding you put in,’ he says with customary good humour. ‘But I got ants in my pants.’

And so did Harrison Ford!

The actor who brought two of the most amazing characters to life (Hans-Solo, Indiana Jones), Harrison Ford worked as a self-taught professional carpenter after being unsatisfied with the very minor roles being offered to him in his very early career as an actor.

George Clooney was Once a Door-to-Door Insurance Salesman!

We all know him as the worst Batman ever and the very amazing and memorable Danny Ocean from Ocean's 11. Well, turns out, he was an ordinary salesman who, apparently, didn't do well in his job.

"I had a lot of rotten jobs. I sold insurance door-to-door, but it didn't work out well. The first day I sold one (policy) and the guy died."-George Clooney

Christopher Walken was a Lion-Tamer!

An amazing actor with parts in films like Catch Me if You Can and Pulp Fiction, Walken used to be part of the circus! When asked if he was, indeed, a lion-tamer, Walken replied:

Yeah, when I was a kid, I worked in the circus. It was a touring circus that was owned by a man named Terrell Jacobs. It was just one big tent, and he was a lion tamer. He didn’t have any kids, but the bit was that I would dress up as his son in an identical outfit. When he would finish his act, there would be one lion left, and I used to go in and have this lion do tricks. It was a female named Sheba, and she was very sweet. Like a dog, really. I would wave the whip, and she would run and sit up and roll over and do things.

Sylvester Stallone was a Cage Cleaner, an Usher, and once worked in an Adult Film!

The actor best known for his role in Rocky and The Expendables had many unusual jobs. Stallone took all kinds of job waiting for his acting career to take off. According to Biography, Stallone "cleaned up the lions’ cages at the Central Park Zoo, ushered at a movie theater, and even made an appearance in an adult film called A Party at Kitty and Studs (1970)."

Brad Pitt had a Job Driving Strippers in Limos!

Brad Pitt. One of the most influential and popular actor of the 21st century was once a chicken mascot and a stripper driver.

"My job was to drive them to bachelor parties and things. I'd pick them up, and at the gig I'd collect the money, play the bad Prince tapes and catch the girls' clothes. It was not a wholesome atmosphere, and it got very depressing."-Brad Pitt

However, this job is what led Pitt to make a critical business contact that helped him be what he is today.

"This girl – I'd never met her before – was in an acting class taught by a man named Roy London," a famous acting coach, he said, according to excerpts in this week's Newsweek. "I went and checked it out, and it really set me on the path to where I am now. Strippers changed my life."

As if that wasn't surprising enough, Pitt also worked as a chicken mascot for El Pollo Loco, handing out flyers.

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