Everyone remembers their first paying job.
Typically, it isn’t the ideal situation, but that paycheck sure made everything a lot better.
Business Insider spoke to several television stars to find out what their first paying gig was. While a few of them were lucky enough to land a showbiz job at a young age, the majority of the stars we spoke to had pretty humble beginnings.
Some stuck close to home, while others found their bounty in restaurants, snack shops, sports arenas, and even a junkyard!
Find out how your favourite TV stars first began earning a living below:
'I guess other than babysitting, like my brother and sister, I broke down boxes at a teacher's school supply store.'
'My first job was working in my parents' frickin' restaurant Those slave-drivers! I was working there at like 12, 13 years old. They will deny it, of course, because you know! I was waitressing, and then I was a cashier. Yeah, that was how I earned my keep in my family.'
'Baskin Robbins was my first real job. I was like 14, and I got hired at Baskin Robbins and fired for giving away ice cream. Because I was a 14-year-old who worked at an ice cream store. So yeah, I naturally did what any 14-year-old would do, which is give all of his friends giant, bathtub-sized ice cream scoops. And then, I got fired. That was my first job, and probably the closest I'll ever have gotten in the real world to 'Superstore,' because after that, it was waiting tables constantly.'
'I taught cotillion in South Carolina. It's ballroom dancing. I had taken it and my best friend, her mum owned the company, and so in eighth grade I decided to help teach. I got like eight dollars. It was fine. I was teaching little kids how to foxtrot. It was super cute.'
'I used to mow lawns for $20. Doesn't sound like much, but it turned into quite a business. My brother and I had about 10 a week that we would do. And all before the sun went down.'
'At 16, I worked as a hostess in a cafe on Main Street in Huntington Beach, California. It was during the summer and the Vans US open surfing competition was happening. So during our breaks, we would run down to the beach and watch all the pro surfers compete.'
'Abercrombie Kids was my first paying job. I was 16 years old, sitting at the food court at my local mall in Memphis, and a woman walked up, and asked if I wanted a job. If only getting every job were that easy! Sometimes just being out in the world really wonderful things can happen.'
'Aside from mowing lawns, I'd say it was Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips, in the cook department, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. How was I? You take a triangular piece of fish, we hope it's fish, and put it into the batter, put it in the fryer.'
'My first job was placing brick when I was 13. I was working for construction at 13 and all through high school. It would be summer jobs, and that was it, and I mean I had to work all f---ing day, six to five.'
'When I was 16, my first paying job was parking cars at a Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois. I had to wear black pants, a white dress shirt, and a tie. Sometimes people would say, 'Can you get the golf bags out of the back son?' I kind of liked being in what used to be an all-male job. It was very hard work, but I learned a lot about dealing with the public.'
'I was 13 and I used to go and polish doorsteps. Everyone had brass doorsteps in my neighbourhood. I used to go around and they would either pay me in candy or I'd get a pound, one pound.'
'My first paying job was working for my Foster father on his 'Sanford & Son' replica junk truck, loading steel beams on the truck, and delivering them to the junkyard.Fifty bucks! Cold hard cash. I hated it. It was gruelling, arduous work! I'm an artist so even back then, greasy hands and dirty clothes didn't work for me.'
'My first ever paying job was at Shoppers Drug Mart when I was 15. Started from the bottom now we're here…right?'
'My first paying job was writing poetry for my friends. I became addicted to poetry as a teen. I loved reading and I started writing, for myself, and for girls. My first girlfriends fell in love with me, I think more for my poetry than for me (laughs). When word got out around high school, guys would pay me to write poems for the girls they liked. And those were the first pesos I earned on my own. Next year, I publish my fourth poetry book.'
'In addition to being an actor, I'm also a visual artist. Oils, pastels, charcoals, mixed media, wood -- I've worked with them all. At Christian Fenger High School, my friend Jevon and I were -- as we were considered -- the top two artists during our four years there. Being as such, we were commissioned to paint nature scenes on the walls of the residential rooms of a nursing home, which was only a few blocks from our campus. After school, he and I would walk there, get our supplies from the storage closet, and paint one full scene per day. We worked great in tandem. Being able to give those wonderful people something more than a blank wall to look at was fun, and fulfilling -- well worth my first paycheck.'
'Ugh. My first paying job, I was 14 or 15 and it was at Fuddruckers as a dishwasher. My pay was so little that I couldn't afford the 50% off lunch, so I ate uneaten food off the plates as I washed them.'
'I was a vendor at a football game. I walked around handing out popcorn, snacks, soda, beer, and whatever else I was selling at the time at South Carolina State College. I walked around throwing bags of peanuts, and taking the money, and going back, and loading up, and bringing more. I think popcorn and peanuts was my main thing because I was too young to sell the beer. I remember it was hot. You don't sell that stuff; it sells itself. People either want the peanuts and popcorn or they don't. You're either hungry or you're not. I didn't have to sell that much.'
'My first paying job was a Honda commercial that aired in Japan. I was like six or seven years old, with little experience. It had aired for a short time in the US, but the words were in Japanese so I never understood the commercial.'
'I was a grocery bagger at a King Kullen supermarket on Long Island, New York. I was very bad at it. I tried to talk to the customers too much about their food choices! My bosses were like, 'Please stop bothering the customers.''
'My first paying job was when I was 11 years old. I actually got two jobs to pay for my comic book addiction. I was a paperboy, pretty standard, but I also worked at the local baseball park, underage and under the table. I actually worked there from 11 until the age of 21, eventually becoming a vendor for the second half of my time. Because it paid so well, my colleagues were much older, people using it as one of their main jobs and people in med school or law school. You had to hustle hard but you got paid a percentage of your earnings, so the hustle paid off. I learned a lot about business and about how to get down socially. Let's just say, the job was a lot like 'Caddyshack,' but instead of golf it was baseball and the caddies would be us vendors, selling popcorn peanuts and CrackerJacks.'
'I was a malnourished Dickensian pauper in 'A Christmas Carol' at Meadow Brook Theatre in Detroit. My family had gone to see this theatre's production every holiday season, and I wanted to be one of the kids in the show. I begged my parents to help me type up a little resume of my elementary school credits such as my star turn as Farmer MacGregor in 'Peter Rabbit: A Wonderful Name' and the like.'
'We slid my starter resume into the theatre's box office window, and a few months later I had my first job. The Jacob Marley ghost scene was so terrifying to me that I developed a recurring nightmare about the angry ghoul coming to shake the 'clamorous chains he had forged in life' at me in my own bedroom, like he did at Scrooge. Finally, my dreams got so traumatic that my parents arranged it so I could sit with the Marley actor in his dressing room while he applied his ghastly makeup, so I'd realise that it was really all just playing pretend and no Victorian boogie men were coming to get me!
'That's so hard to remember, but I think the very first paying job I had was when I was in middle school and I brought packs of gums to school and everyone would buy it off of me! Shortly after, it was acting.'
'The first paying job I had was selling the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper on a busy street corner in Oyster Point, South San Francisco.'
'Right when I started, at about two-and-a-half years old, my first-ever paying job was a Keebler print ad. I was in a high chair reaching for a cracker from the Keebler Elf. My mum has that very tear sheet in one of her Facebook albums. And said I was such a huge Bulls fan that all the wrangler had to say was 'GO BULLS' and I'd splash a huge smile... just how they wanted, every time.'
'My first paying job ever was painting my grandmother's toenails on one foot. My brother did the other.'
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