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The Weirdest Jobs Celebrities Had Before Becoming Famous

Celebrities have done everything from picking bugs off of trees to dancing around in a chicken suit to get to where they are today.

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Pen salesman

Johnny Depp marketed pens on the phone. He liked to practice his acting when talking to customers and would even make up fake names for himself.

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Dairy Queen clerk

Gwen Stefani used to take ice cream orders before she became a singer/songwriter. It was actually her first job ever—she really has come a long way!

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Calligraphist

Before becoming a famous actress and then a member of the British royal family, Meghan Markle used to do calligraphy for weddings and events. She also taught calligraphy classes. Back in 2005, she even wrote the wedding invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton. Before you become famous, check out the weirdest jobs you had no idea you could apply for.

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Bellhop

Tom Cruise used to carry suitcases before he became a well-known actor. At one point, he also wanted to be a Catholic Priest.

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McDonald’s employee

The famous The Notebook star started her career in the fast food industry. Rachel McAdams worked at McDonald’s for three years with her brother and sister to help pay the bills. She was 16 at the time and also worked a second job directing kids’ theater.

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Bike messenger           

Before landing her iconic role as Rachel on “Friends”, Jennifer Aniston was a bike messenger in New York City. She was 19 at the time.

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Christmas tree exterminator

Before this pop star started writing hit song after hit song, Taylor Swift worked on her family’s Christmas tree farm. She was too young to cut down the trees so her Dad had her pick off the praying mantis pods so they wouldn’t hatch once people put them up in their homes. Swift isn’t on the list of celebrities you didn’t know had FBI files.

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Armadillo murderer     

Even though this doesn’t sound like a very pleasant job, Matthew McConaughey sure enjoyed it at his first job at a country club in Texas. When he wasn’t raking the sand traps he was asked to shoot the armadillos that ate the grass. Along with this unsettling job, you won’t believe that these weird jobs actually used to exist.

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Cereal sweeper    

To help put himself through college, Ashton Kutcher used to sweep up the cereal dust at a General Mills factory.

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Sales assistant at Gap

If you’re a hardcore fan you might have noticed that Kanye West mentions how he used to work at the Gap in his song, “Spaceship.” He told Paper Magazine that he didn’t like working there because he didn’t get enough hours to take advantage of the employee discount.

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Fresh fruit promoter

Meghan Fox admitted that she used to dress up as a banana every week to promote a tropical smoothie shop she worked at. These other famous people have little-known talents. Can you guess them?

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Chicken

Before Brad Pitt became, well…Brad Pitt, he worked in Hollywood at an El Pollo Loco chicken restaurant. He would stand outside in a chicken costume and wave at passersby to try to get them to come in.

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Corn shucker

Iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford used to shuck corn for a measly $4 an hour in her hometown. A young Crawford probably wished she knew about these unusual high-paying jobs.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.