When people talk about the persistence required to succeed in acting, they’re not only referring to the criticism and rejection an actor must endure. To accomplish goals, an actor needs to pay the rent and eat just like everyone else–in addition to paying for acting classes and seeking auditions. But, sometimes it can feel like you’re really stuck in a dead-end job. When you’re feeling this way, don’t allow yourself to believe your current conditions are permanent because they certainly don’t have to be. Check out these first jobs of famous actors, and keep in mind that persistence is the number one reason many celebrities succeed.

  • As a teenager, Tom Hanks sold popcorn and peanuts at the Oakland Coliseum.
  • Johnny Depp was a telemarketer who sold ink pens.
  • Jennifer Aniston was a bike messenger in New York City.
  • Brad Pitt used to chauffeur a limo for a strip-o-gram service and work for El Pollo Loco on Sunset Boulevard.
  • Queen Latifah flipped burgers at Burger King and ended up getting fired from the job after losing her temper at work.
  • Julia Roberts made ends meet scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins.
  • Nicolas Cage sold popcorn at the Fairfax Theater.
  • Jerry Seinfeld sold light bulbs over the phone, hawked knockoff jewelry on sidewalks, and was a waiter. “The most exciting part of my whole career was when I handed back my waiter’s apron,” Seinfeld said. “To me, that was making it.”

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