It's a tough world we live in. Sometimes, you gotta to what you gotta do to make ends meet. Even the biggest names in the entertainment industry know that. Before the lavish homes, flashy cars and stacks of Cleveland's, they were just like you and me working odd jobs to make a living.
Here are celebrities who worked odd jobs before they were famous.
Those steamy Magic Mike dance moves didn't appear out of thin air. In fact, Channing Tatum worked as a male stripper long before he became one of the hottest men in Hollywood. After dropping out of college, he went by the name Chan Crawford in Florida. However not all of his former stripper friends are pleased with his success. Some are claiming Tatum stole their dance moves.
The one who calls himself a "creative genius" didn't always sit on the throne. Once, he worked as a sales assistant at Gap. We reckon he wasn't the most pleasant person to deal with. We could just imagine him going off on every customer's request.
Before she became the queen of pop, Madonna was paying the bills as a Dunkin' Donuts employee. However, it didn't pan out well for the music legend. She reportedly got sacked after squirting donut jelly all over customers. Well, we'd like to think that mistake paved the way for her success!
Long before he became one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men, Brad Pitt was only a chicken. Yep, you read it right. He had to dress as a chicken the entire day in El Pollo Loco. On top of that, he also became a chauffeur for strippers. "My job was to drive them to bachelor parties and things," he once told People magazine. "I'd pick them up, and at the gig I'd collect the money, play the bad Prince tapes and catch the girls' clothes."
The actress, director and philanthropist is arguably the most well-endowed personality in Hollywood. Just when we thought the magnetic woman couldn't be more interesting, she once revealed she once applied to become a funeral director. "It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do but in fact I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral," she recalled.
She's one of the world's leading talking heads and funniest comedians. However, before she became famous, Whoopi Goldberg worked as a mortuary beautician. Afterwards, she earned her professional beautician license. Plus, when she was younger, she worked as a phone sex operator. "When I was younger, the money was great," she said. "See now, people would know my voice."
He and his wife, Queen Bey is the richest couple in the music industry today. Not only is Jay Z a successful hip hop artists, he's also a highly-respected entrepreneur. Perhaps he can thank his drug dealing history for that. A crack dealer, to be exact. "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."
The soul siren worked plenty of jobs to get by, that she even became a hat checker once. However, she got fired from all of her former jobs because of her attitude. She confessed that she wanted to focus on becoming a backup singer and to mix her demos. Well, she definitely made the right decision.