Celebrities are not always as glamorous as they are now. Before the fame and glory they were just like me and you. Here are the celebrities that you didn’t know that worked as a telemarketer before they became famous:
Before chasing after ghosts in the big screen, Leslie Jones used to work as a Scientology telemarketer. In an interview with Ellen Degeneres on Ellen, Jones shared her experience working for the organization. She wasn’t even a member. She just really needed to pay her rent. “I lived in Glendale I needed to pay the rent, and it was a very easy interview. I just acted crazy”
Jerry Seinfeld is perhaps one of the most iconic actors in comedy in recent history. He is also known for acting, writing and producing in a sitcom based loosely on himself in the late 90s. Before his wild success, he was any other guy trying to make ends meet. He used to sell light bulbs over the phone to make some extra cash. He didn’t exactly loved the job, though. “I hated the job, it was horrible. It was all lying, outrageous prices and phony names. I called myself Dave Wilson—you had to come up with a name so people would think they knew you. I’d call and say, ‘Hey, Bill, remember I talked to you 18 months ago? It’s Dave Wilson.’ And the other person doesn’t want to insult me, so they’d say, ‘Yeah, I think I remember.’ “ He only stayed until he could afford a loaf of bread.
Vin Diesel is most known for being part of multi-million franchises. He is currently part of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise for voicing one of the main characters: Groot. Diesel has always been passionate about making films. He even raised almost $50,000 selling light bulbs and mechanical tools over the phone. This became the fund for his first feature entitled “Strays”.
Jennifer Aniston is best known for her portrayal as Rachel in the wildly famous sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Since then, her career has been soaring high and is probably one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood today. In her early years, Aniston held a number of jobs including being a telemarketer. She only lasted two weeks on the job. “I was awful, selling timeshares in the Poconos and upsetting people terribly and me just being the worst at it, because I just apologized profusely and hung up the phone” she’s said.
Johnny Depp is among the most versatile actors in the industry today. Ranging from psychopaths to lovable leading men, Depp has truly proven himself to be a great actor. However, his early years started pretty much like me and you. He used to sell ballpoint pens over the phone to earn a living. “I was selling pens,” Johnny Depp once recalled of his first job. “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.”