WATCH The Weirdest Jobs Celebrities Had Before They Were Famous  

Rebecca High

Unless you're Robert Downey, Jr., or came into the world with the last name Barrymore, you probably weren't born famous. Most celebs we worship weren't, either: they had to work for that sweet, sweet fame. This video highlights a few of the more unusual occupations some boring, run-of-the-mill, everyday people enjoyed (or endured) before hitting the celeb jackpot.

For example, Australian hunk Hugh Jackman has made a name for himself as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. But before he struck gold as an entertainer, he worked for peanuts as a party clown for hire, a gas station attendant, and a P.E. teacher. How'd he dig himself out of such an existence before coming one of Hollywood's hottest leading men?

Then there's Whoopi Goldberg. The hilarious Sister Act star and thoughtful The View host was a trained beautician before she ever won an Oscar (or a Grammy or an Emmy or a Tony). Her beautician skills led her to a job as a mortuary makeup artist, doing lewks for the dead, but it's unclear why she'd want to give up such a creepy-cool job to, well, be famous.

For more hot goss about celebs who had unbelievably bizarre or mundane jobs before becoming the greats they are today, watch this video. It might just give you hope for moving up in the world - after all, as Kanye says, "this week he's moppin' floors, next week it's the fries!"