Real Jobs That Real Actors Have Had (Outside of Their Biggest Roles)!
Outside of the glitz and the glam of Hollywood, many assume that once you make it big on a hit show or blockbuster movie, you’re set with jobs in the industry for the rest of your life. But, unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
After a photo of former "The Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens working at Trader Joe's was released this week, the actor has been criticized and shamed for working at a grocery store. But many celebrities took to Twitter to give their thoughts on the matter, discussing the jobs they’ve worked between their most notable and memorable roles to show that there's nothing to be ashamed of.
Here’s a list of just a few (of the very many) types of jobs your favorite celebrities have had!
"General Hospital" star Julie Berman: Hosting at a restaurant
??♀️Got a job as a hostess when I left General Hospital. Many didn’t understand why I’d leave #GH without another acting gig waiting for me. (If only we could all be so lucky). This is what dedication to your artistic happiness actually looks like. #actorswithdayjobshttps://t.co/t1nGRFf9Zz— julie berman (@itsjulieberman) September 3, 2018
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews: Sweeping floors
"Glee" star Heather Morris: Cashier at a pizza parlor
After I came back from The Beyonce Tour and before I landed a role on Glee, I went back to working as a Cashier at a local pizza restaurant while I took online classes to continue my schooling. Work is work IS WORK IS WORK. https://t.co/Jg86W9d0Ac— heather (@HeatherMorrisTV) September 5, 2018
Broadway actress Liz Callaway: Gift shop employee
After 3 Bway shows and a Tony nom. my unemployment ran out so I got a job at a gift shop. One a day a customer said, “has anyone ever told you you look like Liz Callaway?” I confessed it was me. He said “good for you!!” That was Ira Levin, who wrote Deathtrap. #ActorsWithDayJobshttps://t.co/alFn5kZYpr— Liz Callaway (@LizGoesOn) September 3, 2018
"Mad Men" actress Stephanie Drake: Swim instructor
After a few years of not having a day job, I’m back to having one this year. This industry is harder than anyone can imagine!! I teach little kids how to swim! #ActorsWithDayJobs #swimteacher #actor #HappyLaborDayhttps://t.co/u5hGDf9YAs— Stephanie Drake (@StephanieDrake) September 3, 2018
Voice actor Pamela Adlon: Retail
I had been a working actor for years. Jobs stopped, as they do. I worked in retail. At a flower shop. I passed out flyers. It’s about the work. Work gives you pride and purpose. Your visibility as an actor never goes away. But the money sure does. #geoffreyowenspic.twitter.com/BBzZaBrGBx— Pamela Adlon (@pamelaadlon) September 2, 2018
And Many, Many More...
Bartender/server (so many restaurants), exec secretary, accounting for trailer prod co, taught lawyers improv skills, temp at methadone research clinic. The list goes on. You do what you have to do to be able to do what you love. That’s. Called. Grit. #Noshame #ActorsWithDayJobshttps://t.co/sApBZe7QgG— Sarayu Blue (@sarayublue) September 3, 2018
Lucky for Geoffrey, though, it looks like after the online storm of support, he might have another gig lined up.
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) September 4, 2018
Moral of the story: the industry is hard, y’all. Just because you land one great role doesn’t mean you always will. Never shame someone for working a good, honest job to make a living. You do what you need to survive! And if you recognize an actor while they work one of these jobs, be polite! Respect their hustle. Never hurts to just be kind.
(Image via Prince Williams/Getty Images)
- Brooke Sharland, YH Contributing Writer