Celebrities, they're just like us! Or at least they used to be before they became some of our favorite icons.
From Nicki Minaj waitressing at Red Lobster to Fetty Wap wrapping packages at Fed-Ex, these celebrities' first jobs were far from their current glamorous lives.
Here are 19 celebrities who started off at the bottom before their talents paid off.
Nicki Minaj was a waitress at Red Lobster.
Before she was beefing with other female artists, the only drama Minajfaced during her rise to fame was from her customers at Red Lobster.
According to GQ Magazine, the "No Frauds" songstress waited tables at the popular chain restaurant in high school until she was eventually fired for "discourtesy to customers."
"I chased a customer out of the restaurant once so I could stick my middle finger up at her and demand that she give me my pen back," Minaj told Billboard. "I swear to God I was bad."
Gwen Stefani started off as a Dairy Queen clerk.
Before Gwen was slaying the top of the charts, you could normally catch her behind the cash register making a blizzard at your local Dairy Queen.
Stefani told Marie Claire back in March that the dessert franchise is in fact where she made her first dollar.
Fetty Wap worked at FedEx for only 2 days.
Before he was rapping hit lyrics, he was actually wrapping packages.
Fetty Wap only worked at FedEx for about 48 hours before aone week stint at Popeyes. He told Interview magazinethat at that time he just "needed a check."We're guessing he's doing just fine now.
Taylor Swift used to be a Christmas tree exterminator.
While growing up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, Swift's family often sold trees to families in her neighborhood during the holidays. Since she was too young to actually cut down the trees, her father put her in charge of getting rid of the praying mantis pods that were in them.
Swift even let Vogue follow her back to her old rootson the very same farm where she and her brother grew up.
Miley Cyrus picked up bras and underwear from concert venues.
Miley started her career as her father Billy Ray Cyrus' stagehand, getting paid a total of $10 to pick up bras and underwear that were thrown at him on stage during the peak of his career.
The star told Rolling Stone "I'd get a really big one and be like 'Dad! look I found your biggest fan!'"
Channing Tatum dropped out of college to become a stripper.
After dropping out of college at the age of19, Tatum became a stripper — and a really good one apparently!
Though his past served as inspiration for the "Magic Mike" movies,according to People Magazine, he's really glad those days are over. "It wasn’t glamorous whatsoever, so there's nothing that I miss about stripping," Tatum said.
Gabourey Sidibe worked for a phone-sex company, and treated her shift like an acting class.
Gabourey told People Magazinein March that the closest thing shehad to an acting class was acting like a 21-year-old girl named Melody on the phone when she worked ata phone-sex company.
"I was actually pretty good at it," she told the mag. After two months of working for the company, she was promoted but eventually quit after landing a starring role in the movie "Precious."
Rachel McAdams may have served you McNuggets.
McAdams said one of her first jobs was at McDonald's, where she worked for three years. Her brother and sister also worked with the star — her sister was even her manager.
But not even nepotism could save McAdams, who said she wasn't good at her job. "I was not a great employee, I broke the orange juice machine one day." she told Glamour Magazine.
Kanye West proudly embraces his time at the Gap.
As rapped in his 2004 song "Spaceship," Yeezy was in fact a sales assistant for the Gap at the age of 15.
West told Paper Magazine that he hated working at the chain retailer at the time, mostly because he didn't work enough hours to get an employee discount. Ironic given that he now has his own high-end clothing line.
Today, West has no issue with the company and told Vanity Fair in 2015 that he wants to make it better. "When I say [I want to be the] Steve Jobs of the Gap ... I'm not talking about a capsule. I'm talking about full Hedi Slimane creative control of the Gap is what I would like to do," he said.
Meghan Markle wrote calligraphy for wedding invitations.
If you have amazing hand writing, take note — Meghan Markle used to do calligraphy for weddings and events. Literally just imagine being a bride and having your wedding invitation written by the famous actress who is now Prince Harry's current girlfriend.
Markle is so good sheeven gave TV host Larry King a penmanship tutorial.
Beyoncé swept hair from Tina's Knowles' hair salon.
Yes, even Beyoncé Knowles Carter had a first job.
Before becoming one of the biggest entertainers in the music industry, Beyoncé revealed in her HBO documentary"Life is But a Dream" that sheswept hair from the floors of her mother Tina Knowles'salon in Houston, Texas.
Jay Z admits he made money to help his family by dealing drugs.
After his father left his family, Jay Z says he started selling crack and cocaine,according to aprofile in Vanity Fair, just to help his mom pay the gas and light bill.
"Not until later [did I realize drugs were an epidemic], when I realized the effects on the community," he said. "I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.”
Johnny Depp sold pens over the phone.
Yes, I know what your thinking: How hard is it to sell a pen? ButDepp earned money by selling pens as a telemarketer, and said it helped with his acting, too.
"The beauty of the gig was you had to call up these strangers and say, 'Hi, how ya doin'?' You made up a name like, 'Hey, it's Edward Quartermaine from California.'" he said of the job to New York Daily News in 2014.
Naya Rivera didn't feel comfortable working at hooters.
The former "Glee" actress and now mom of one says she has no problem being naked today. But back whenthe actress worked at Hooters, she said it made herself-conscious.
"I have nightmares about that job, period,"she told Allure Magazine. "When I was working there, I was really skinny — a lot skinnier than I am now. But I was always self-conscious. It's so funny now to feel completely different."
Ashton Kutcher swept up cereal.
Ashtontook on quite a few side jobs to help him pay for college, includingsweeping cereal off the floorsfor General Mills.
Later he moved to New York City, became a model, and landed his job on "That '70s Show." The rest is history.
Chase Crawford greeted customers shirtless at Abercrombie & Fitch.
Crawford said he hated the gig. "They play the same three CDs all day long," he told The Metro in 2008. "They play it so loud you can't even talk in the store and they blast the place with cologne, you can smell it from a block away. I was a greeter. I had to stand out front and time would drag on. I'd beg them to let me work on the cash register.
Side note: Crawford also modeled for Hollister as well.
Justin Hartley mowed lawns with his brother.
The "This Is Us" star teamed up with his brother to mow lawns around his neighborhood for only $20.
"I had about 10 [jobs] a week that we would do. And all before the sun went down." he toldBusiness Insider.
Megan Fox dressed like a banana every week for a paycheck.
Long before she was a gorgeous movie star, Fox promotedfresh fruit.
During an interview with Ellen Degenerous, Foxtold the talk show host that she madeher living as a clerk at a tropical smoothie shop in Florida. She was also forced to weara full body banana suit every Friday in order to promote the store.
- Miley Cyrus