Are you facing a career change decision? This can often be scary and exciting at the same time. But know that you are not alone. Some of the most famous people have gone through the same plunge and not only survived but thrived. Read on and get inspired.
Oprah If you have ever been fortunate to hear Oprah speak. She will tell you the story of how she got fired. She was just getting started in her career as an evening television news anchor. But when the show didn’t do well, she was fired and told she was “unfit for television news.” After being demoted to daytime television, she eventually started the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show,’ and the rest is history!
Stephen King originally tried to find a job as a teacher but had no luck at first. He took a job in a laundry and wrote stories in his spare time.
Meg Ryan, while studying journalism at NYU, Meg Ryan did some freelance “acting” in commercials for products like toothpaste and Campbell’s Soup in the early ’80s. She soon landed a role in a TV series and then a movie, and never looked back.
Lady Gaga was a waitress in the West Village in New York where she always wore high heels.
Hugh Jackman had is first job at a 7-Eleven convenience store. But got fired because he was a little too friendly with the customers. He later worked as a party clown charging 50$ per show. He called himself Coco the Clown.
Johnny Dep sold ballpoint pens over the phone when he first got married.
Kanye West worked as a sales assistant at the Gap.
Rachel McAdams worked at Mcdonalds for three years while directing kids’ theater.
Jennifer Aniston worked for two weeks in telemarketing and as a waitress.
Matt Leblanc worked as a carpenter and a model before his career change.
Jon Bon Jovi worked as a Christmas decoration maker.
Demi Moore was a debt collector.
Vince Vaughn was a lifeguard at the YMCA.
Lucy Liu worked as a secretary 5 days a week, and an aerobics instructor and hostess at a restaurant on the weekends to pay for acting lessons.
Sandra Bullock worked in New York as a bartender.
Madonna Dunkin Donuts counter girl where she got fired for accidentally squirting donut jelly over a customer.
Martha Stewart worked as a stockbroker and on Wall Street until 1972.
So if you are thinking of a career change, don’t despair. It is never too late to get your career on track.