Brad dropped out of the University of Missouri with only a few credits left, packed his bags and moved to LA. Before he was famous, his odd jobs included delivering refrigerators and driving strippers around in a limo. He also wore a chicken suit and danced around for El Pollo Loco.
When Kanye was in high school he folded clothes at The Gap. In The College Dropout album, West gives a shout out to his former retail job, "Let's go back, back to the GAP. Look at my check. wasn't no scratch. So if I stole, wasn't my fault. Yeah I stole, never got caught."
Before Johnny Depp was Johnny Depp, he was a telemarketer. "I was selling pens..You’re calling people who don’t want you to call them. You put on your best fake voice and try and sell them a gross or two of ballpoint pens with their name printed on them. First you say, ‘Congratulations. you have just become eligible to win a grandfather clock’ – or a trip to Greece or a Jacuzzi or whatever.'"
Before she was a pop icon, she was a showgirl in France. She also worked at a Dunkin' Donuts in Times Square in New York City. Rumor has it, she was fired after she squirted jelly filling all over a customer.
Before he charmed audiences all over the world, Rod Stewart was a gravedigger at Highgate Cemetery in London. He was only a teenager when he had the morbid job. According to Rod Stewart: The New Biography, he hoped that working at the cemetery would rationalize his fear of dying.
While Stallone was waiting for his acting career to take flight, he had a series of odd jobs to pay the bills. He cleaned up the lion cages at the Central Park Zoo and ushered at a movie theater. He also made an appearance in an adult film called The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970).
Speaking of adult fare, before his Mad Men days, Jon Hamm designed sets for soft-core porn. ''Essentially, I had to move furniture around sweaty, naked people. It wasn't a great job but the money was useful," he said. "I had to get by—I wanted to be an actor."
Hugh Jackman was once a party clown named Coco the Clown, making $50 per show.
"I just love making a fool out of myself," he said. "I made my living as a clown at kids' parties for about three years. I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying 'Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn't know any tricks' - and he was right."
In 1980 Steve Buscemi became a New York City Firefighter. He served on one of FDNY's busiest, Engine Co. 55 in Manhattan's Little Italy for four years and then left so his acting career could take off. After 9/11 he returned to the same engine to help the city of New York recover.
Before Ashton was a huge star, he studied biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa. He eventually dropped out to pursue modeling, but before he did, he swept cereal dust at a General Mills factory to help pay the rent. He also sold his blood for extra cash.