Everyone’s got to get their start somewhere.
Sometimes that means taking a strange or terrible job before moving on to something bigger and better.
Here are 22 of the weirdest jobs that famous people had before making it big.
'The Internship' actor used to mind the pool at the YMCA.
At one point, he pulled in an older patron who was drifting too far into the deep end.
'I went home, I told my dad that story and he said, 'You didn't save anybody! That's ridiculous. You moved a senior a couple of feet. You didn't save anybody at all,'' he told KABC Television.
Before Stewart charmed audiences with classics like 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?' and 'Maggie May,' he worked as a gravedigger at Highgate Cemetery in London during his teens.
According to 'Rod Stewart: The New Biography,' he hoped working at the cemetery would rationalize his fear of dying: 'He had suffered from nightmares about death from a very early age and so thought, as an impressionable teenager, that perhaps getting as close as he could to death, actually digging out holes to be filled by real bodies, he could rid himself of that fear.'
The 56-year old comedian and actress took a job as a mortuary beautician after she became a licensed beautician. Her boss played a welcoming prank on her by pretending to be dead and sitting upright to wave at her. 'That's the worst thing that could ever happen to you here, and it won't,' he told her. 'So there's nothing to be scared of.'
During a segment of 'The View' she also mentioned briefly working as a phone sex operator. 'When I was younger, the money was great,' she said. 'See now, people would know my voice.'
One of Dempsey's first jobs was juggling for money. When he was 15, the former Grey's Anatomy star competed in the International Jugglers' Association and came in second, according to the association's website. He was beat out by then eight-year-old Anthony Gatto, who went on to set numerous records and perform in Cirque du Soleil.
Long before joining the Rolling Stones, this rocker carried around luggage at the Bexley Mental Hospital while he was a student at the London School of Economics, according to Bill Wyman, Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band'. He earned about 90 shillings per week (equivalent to almost 7 U.S dollars -- worth roughly $52 in 1961).
While McConaughey was living in Australia as a Rotary exchange student, he earned money by cleaning chicken coops, according to Inside Hollywood. On the side, he washed dishes as well. Still, he doesn't regret his odd-end jobs while travelling. 'Those types of trips are really ones that leave a lasting impression,' he says, according to The Richest.
Before making it big time, the 'Material Girl' worked at Dunkin' Doughnuts in Times Square. It didn't work out though. Madonna reportedly got booted when she squirted jelly filling on a customer, reports Life Buzz.
Angelina Jolie's husband may be a movie star, but once upon a time, he was nothing more than a chicken. His first employer was El Pollo Loco (Crazy Chicken) and, according to IMBD, he had to dress as a chicken, hand out flyers, and attract customers to the restaurant.
The outspoken talk show host has had her share of menial jobs, according to TV.com, including house painter, vacuum salesperson, bartender, waitress, and sales clerk. Most notably, she held the position of oyster shucker. Oyster shucking involves opening the shell of the oyster with a knife.
In 'Ellen: A Biography,' DeGeneres is quoted as saying, 'When you live in New Orleans, you're bound to be an oyster shucker, aren't ya?'
Before he made it big in Hollywood, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star hawked pens over the phone.
According to Interview magazine, Depp's role involved calling up strangers and telling them that they were eligible for a complimentary grandfather clock or a trip to Tahiti if they ordered a shipment of pens.
''I sold one thing, one gross of pens to one guy,' Depp told Interview. 'And then he was asking me about the trip to Tahiti and I was riddled with guilt, so I told him, 'Hey, man, you don't want these (expletive) pens. This is a scam. The grandfather clock is made of press board. You're not going to Tahiti. I'm sorry.' So I talked him out of it.''
Today, Dame Helen Mirren is known for her award-winning performances on the stage and on the silver screen. However, before her star took off, she had a considerably less glamorous stint in show business.
According to the Mirror, Mirren worked at the Kursaal amusement park as a 'blagger,' an employee who encourages customers to go on the rides.
Samantha Cortez contributed to a previous version of this story.
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