When we watch our favorite musician, actor or comedian perform, we forget that they weren’t always doing what they’re doing now. Many celebrities who hit it big had to start out making their money doing boring, mundane jobs. They all had to start somewhere and very few of the people on this list got into acting or music on their first try. At least this list should make you feel better about your own job, no matter how dead end it feels right now.

Kanye West

Kanye West knows all about the retail business thanks to his job working for The Gap. The hip hop artist even mentions his former profession in his “College Dropout” album saying, “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.

Madonna

Before she was officially discovered in 1984 at American Band Stand, Madonna held down a number of jobs, including working at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. Rumor has it she was fired when she squirted jelly filling on a customer.

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