Before They Were Famous

Have you ever felt frustrated with your day job when there’s something else you really ought to be doing, something you’re really good at? Do you feel frustrated? It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re wasting time working at a dead-end day job. Don’t lose hope just yet. Some of the biggest stars in music today has also had to work monotonous day jobs before they were recognized. Check out these famous musicians and what they had to go through before becoming famous:

Kanye West: Sales Assistant

With more than 21 million albums sold and wed to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is arguably among the most high-profile rappers today. But did you know before that, Kanye was running jeans and selling T-shirts at the Gap? His first 2004 song “Space Ship” commemorates his period at the retailer, at which he made “No Scratch,” chose to steal stuff, then quit completely.

Pharrell: Flipping Hamburgers

In an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Pharrell revealed he was able to work at McDonald’s in his pre-producer times. Even the 42-year-old admitted the only matter he was proficient at though working there was “eating chicken nuggets.” He explained that he was fired three times because he was very lazy.

Calvin Harris: Shelf-stacker

Calvin Harris, Scottish DJ and rumored to be Taylor Swift’s beau, is famous for his chart-topping singles like “Outside” and “Summer Time.” But before his musical success, the son of a bio-chemist and house-wife had been employed for multinational merchant Marks & Spencer, and also spent some time at a bass mill to be able to save cash to earn songs.

Eminem: Cook and Dishwasher

Eminem raps a whole lot on his past, overcoming his demons, and also the many obstacles he confronted the road to his music livelihood. There is no exception. In his song “Elevator,” Eminem shows he used to work as cook and dishwasher in Gilbert’s Lodge. He said commercial dishwashers there are so enormous that when he’s pissed off, he will simply toss a flying saucer in it.

Nicki Minaj: Waitress

Nicki Minaj admitted to Jimmy Fallon that she probably took his order when he ate at Red Lobster. Before Nicki was generating headlines with “Anaconda,” she had been a waitress at a Red Lobster in New York. She admits that she had been a bit “ehhh…” to customers and that being a waitress was great because it prompted her “hurry up and follow her fantasies. ”

So, next time you truly feel down about being forced to endure your day job than becoming the rockstar you ought to be, just remember that it could possibly be much worse, and you’ll be able to pull through!