Most celebrities don’t get it right on the first try. Luckily, life is filled with second chances and the road to success is paved with risk. The ability to take chances, make mistakes and confront failure head on is what separates super stars from average “Joes.” but that doesn’t mean you should quit your day job and run to Hollywood. If you dream big, there are online jobs that allow you the flexibility to pursue your passion on the side. Although countless hopefuls fall to the wayside, the tales of those who made it big keep the twinkles in our eyes shining bright.

Harrison Ford: Before Han Solo donned those insatiable leather pants and melted our hearts with the crack of his famous whip, Harrison worked as a carpenter. He perfected his craft for 15 years. He was a stagehand for The Doors, sound studio maker for Sergio Mendes, and cabinet builder for George Lucas. Lucas, obviously taken by Ford, offered him a small role in “American Graffiti.” He then went back to carpentry, and it was only after he was a stand-in for an absent actor in “Star Wars” that he was offered the lead.

Ray LaMontagne: If you haven’t heard Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble,” stop what you’re doing and Google it right now. Little do most of his fans know, the crooner’s previous career entailed 65 hour weeks at a shoe factory. Ray wasn’t particularly fond of music until his alarm clock blared Stephen Stills’ “Tree Top Flyer” at 4 a.m. one morning. A simple event inspired him to take the day off in search of music, eventually sell his VW bus for an acoustic guitar, and go on to be one of the most respected singer/songwriters today.

Amy Adams: This crimson-coiffed leading lady used to be a Hooters girl. That’s right, America’s “Enchanted” sweetheart once suited up in Hooter’s orange shorts and tan tights while she escorted the horny masses to their tables. She worked there as a hostess/server when she was 17 and 18, and she told Parade magazine that it was “really fun.” As fun as it was, those around her claim that it certainly doesn’t suit her personality. Look out for Amy’s appearance in the upccoming “Man of Steel,” set for release in May.

Quentin Tarantino: Mr. Tarantino’s first job doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has seen his films. He was an usher at an adult movie theater. Tarantino claims that he often dreamed of being an usher in a movie theater, exclaiming that standing around watching movies all day while getting paid do so was a dream come true.

Gerard Butler: This handsome leading man is more than just a beautiful pile of flesh. Mr. Butler used to be Mr. Butler, ESQ. Although Gerard was never cut out to be a lawyer, he tried nonetheless. The “Playing for Keeps” star claims he absolutely hated his job as a lawyer in a traditional Edinburgh firm. He claimed that the day he was fired was the “worst day of his life.” Kudos to Mr. Butler for making some sweet lemonade out of life’s lemons.



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