The ordinary jobs celebrities did before they found fame

Being rich and famous is the ultimate dream for many people, however, sometimes it is easy forget how much work it takes to get to that point. No matter how talented an actor you are, or how great your singing voice is, it's not the type of career you just step into.

Essentially, unless you're one of the very few to get their lucky break at a young age, the road to stardom is not an easy one. Here are 10 celebrities who prove that sometimes you've got to tough it out before you make it big.

1. Kanye West

Long before Yeezy came to be, Kanye was selling clothes for a different label. The musician used to work as a customer service assistant in the high-street retailer GAP (a slightly more affordable range than his own brand). This is something he actually references in the song 'Spaceship' with the lyrics, "Let's go back, back to the Gap, look at my check, wasn't no scratch".

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2. Madonna

In the 1980s, Madonna was the material girl of pop - but she had to do a lot of grunt work to get there. The star worked in many different customer service and waitressing roles, perhaps most famously in Dunkin' Donuts. She was fired from the job on her first day at the Times Square branch after squirting donut jelly all over a customer... what a story to be able to tell.

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3. Barack Obama

Even those who eventually become the most important people in the world have to start at the bottom of the ladder. Former president Barack Obama's working life began at Baskin Robbins, which he looks back on as a tough but useful experience: "my first summer job wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it taught me some valuable lessons," he said. "Responsibility. Hard work. Balancing a job with friends, family, and school." I'd say it was worth it in the end, though.

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4. Beyonce

As royalty, queen Bey should have pretty much sailed through life without ever having to lift a finger, right? Wrong. The singer used to work in her mom's Texas hairdressing salon when she was a kid, earning her allowance by sweeping floors.

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5. Channing Tatum

Tatum has played many roles throughout his acting career, but it turns out some are closer to his real life than others. When he was 19 years old, the Magic Mike star worked as a stripper and earned up to $150 per night. Speaking about his time there, Tatum said, "it was one complete year of down-the-rabbit-hole crazy. I am glad I moved on ... it definitely has some seedy, darker sides".

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6. Christopher Walken

Today, Walken has one of the most iconic voices in Hollywood. As a 16-year-old, however, the actor was better known for his skills as a lion tamer (yep, seriously!) The teenager found a job at the circus after looking for acting roles in a newspaper, and he seems to have enjoyed it. "She [the lion] was really more like a dog," he said. "She was very sweet."

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7. Hugh Jackman

Perhaps best-known for his role as Wolverine, Jackman is certainly recognised for having an excellent physique. It's not really much of a surprise, then, that the star used to work as a gym teacher in the UK. A few years ago, Jackman actually bumped into one of his former pupils at a red carpet event. “I used to teach you at high school in PE," he said to the student, who's now a journalist. "I want to know how your physical education is progressing." Once a teacher, always a teacher.

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8. Whoopi Goldberg

You often hear about dead-end jobs, but none fit the description better than Whoopi Goldberg's former career. The Sister Act star was once a morgue beautician, and would spend her days applying makeup to corpses. Apparently her boss was a bit of a practical joker, and on her first day he jumped out of body drawer to surprise her.

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9. Megan Fox

As one of the most beautiful women in the world, you'd expect that Megan Fox has always had a glamorous career, but that's not the case. When she was younger, the actress worked in a smoothie shop. Once a week, she would dress as a banana and stand by the highway in order to advertise the store.

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10. Gerard Butler

Another actor who didn't hit the screen until later in life is Gerard Butler, but his former jobs were slightly more high-calibre. The star actually trained as a lawyer for two years, but quit in order to pursue his ambitions, and it has certainly paid off.

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All of these examples show that, no matter where you find yourself in life, there's always a way to follow your dreams.