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7 Celebs' Funny First Jobs

7 Celebs' Funny First Jobs

Vicki Santillano | DivineCaroline

December 13, 2010

Fame, that elusive quality coveted by many and achieved by few, almost always has an expiration date. Today’s “it” actors and actresses have a far greater chance of becoming tomorrow’s has-beens and reality-show contestants than they do of being the next Elizabeth Taylor or Jack Nicholson. That’s why so many young upstarts branch out beyond acting into entrepreneurial roles, becoming clothing and perfume designers and recording albums—often all at the same time.

Rather than focus on one extracurricular, they stretch themselves into utter mediocrity, ensuring a second career that’ll probably end around the same time as the first.

Celebrities like that (cough Lindsay Lohan) should look to performers who’ve found hobbies outside of Hollywood that they actually excel at—hobbies that could easily turn into second careers should their acting-role offers start petering out.

John Travolta: Pilot
Not only can Travolta sing, dance, and act, but he can fly, too! He started taking lessons as a teenager and became a certified pilot who now acts as an ambassador for Qantas, an Australian airline. In fact, he’ll be personally flying all three hundred members of Oprah’s audience to Australia. (Oprah announced the surprise trip [travel dates TBA] during her final season’s premiere show, in September 2010.) But this is hardly the first time Travolta’s used his piloting powers for good: in January 2010, he flew one of his private planes to Haiti to deliver relief supplies (as well as Scientology doctors and ministers) to earthquake victims.

Ricky Gervais: ’80s New Wave Pop Star
We know and love him as David Brent on The Office and as Andy Millman on Extras, but back in the ’80s, he was part of the British synth-pop duo known as Seona Dancing. He and partner Bill Macrae released two singles, “More to Lose” and “Bitter Heart,” before parting ways in 1984. It’s hard to picture now, but Gervais was once a sexy singer who could’ve been the next David Bowie or Depeche Mode, had he and his bandmate struck it big. If he ever tires of comedy, perhaps he can return to his pop-star roots.

Debra Messing: Circus Star
As a graduate acting student at NYU, Messing had to take a circus-themed class in which she learned not only how to juggle, but how to master the rather terrifying trapeze. She’s mentioned her juggling and trapeze abilities at least a couple of times in interviews, which might mean she secretly longs for the life of a rambling circus performer.

Next: Jeff Goldblum: Jazz Pianist →


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