12 Celebrities Who Did Odd Jobs Before They Became Famous

Written by Neha Monga
October 31, 2017  

Though they are known for their star status today, not all celebrities had had it easy and had to work their way out to the top. Before they became famous, many of these celebrities were doing all kind of crazy jobs to make their ends meet. But in the end their hard work and determination paid off and they are where they are because of it.

Let’s take a look at a few celebrities who had odd jobs before getting their big break.

1. George Clooney

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After dropping out of school, George held many odd jobs including shoe salesman and tobacco farm hand before moving to LA.

2. Akshay Kumar

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Akshay worked as a waiter in a restaurant in Bangkok. He also used to wash dishes at a restaurant before becoming a chef. He also studied martial arts in Bangkok and has a Black Belt in Taekwondo.

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3. Madonna 

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Madonna worked as a showgirl in France. She also worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New York’s Time Square. where she allegedly was fired after she squired jelly filling all over a customer.

4. Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan’s first job was as an executive in a shipping firm called Shaw Wallace. He tried being a radio announcer too, but was rejected by All India Radio.

5. Rajnikanth

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Rajinikanth worked as a bus conductor for Bangalore Transport Service (BTS). He started doing stage plays only after he was offered to act in mythological moral plays by a Kannada playwright and director Topi Muniappa.

6. Sandra Bullock

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During her early ages of her acting career, Sandra supported herself by working as a waitress and a bartender in New York.

7. Brad Pitt

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Brad dropped out of the University of Missouri and moved to LA to pursue acting. Before making it as a big time actor, he delivered refrigerators, drove exotic dancers around in a limousine, and danced around in a chicken suit for restaurant El Pollo Loco.

8. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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Nawazuddin worked as a watchman in Delhi. While still working as a watchman, he developed an interest in plays and joined a theatre group, eventually graduating from the National School of Drama.

9. Boman Irani

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Boman Irani was a waiter and a room service attendant in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel before he became an actor. He also used to help his mother run their ancestral bakery shop.

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10. Ashton Kutcher

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Ashton studied biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa. Before he dropped out to pursue modeling, he swept cereal dust at a General Mills factory to help with living expenses. He also sold his blood for extra cash.

11. Eva Mendes

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As a teenager, Eva worked at several fast food restaurants including a pizza/pasta place. She also had a job at a hot dog stand called Hot Dog on a Stick.

12. Ranveer Singh

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Ranveer singh worked in advertising as a copywriter, with agencies like O&M and J. Walter Thompson.


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