We have too often heard of stories how big celebrities went from being some of the wealthiest people with lavish lifestyle to bankruptcy due to poor financial management or bad investment and even drug problems among other personal issues.
However, the opposite also is true; many popular celebrities today started from nothing at all yet they have managed to turn their talents into money-making ventures with lucrative income reaching millions of dollars.
Everybody has to start from somewhere, and for these celebrities, their fortunes came from real uncertainty.
Without money and having no reliable connection in the entertainment industry, they embarked on adventurous journeys to becoming professional actors and artists.
Despite the rough early start, many celebrities we know today were once in serious financial hardship that they had to struggle just to make ends meet by working odd jobs.
Now they are among the world’s most recognizable people for their works in music and movie industries.
10 Jewel Kilcher
The award-winning American singer-songwriter more popularly known simply as Jewel has now sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
She is known for her vocal versatility and with that comes the ability to summon various types of voices from deep to piercing and from sweet to powerful.
Before she became what she is today, Jewel made a living by singing in bars and taverns with her father in Alaska.
Moving to California did not make things suddenly easy either. At one point, she had to live out of her car before an Atlantic Records representative discovered her talents.
9 Steve Jobs
The co-founder and late CEO of Apple, Inc. was an adopted son of Paul and Clara Jobs.
He was a difficult child but as he grew up he became more fascinated with his father’s mechanical work. At the age of 10, Jobs already had his own outlet (given by his father) and knew a lot of engineers in the neighborhood.
His parents spent their lifesaving to get Jobs to Reed College in Portland. The lifesaving was only enough to pay for the college tuition and fees, but not for dorm room.
He had to sleep on the floor of a friend’s dorm room instead and return empty coke bottles for money.
8 James Franco
Let us be clear here, James Franco was never really homeless because he had no option. In fact, he was homeless because he chose to be.
His acting career stumbled upon a major breakthrough in 1999 when he was cast as Daniel Desario, the leading character on NBC’s Freaks and Geeks.
He gained even more prominence afterward not only for his good look, but an actually impressive acting performance.
In 2002, Franco was seen panhandling and living like homeless for the purpose of getting into a character. Previously in 2001, he even began smoking two packs a day for the sake of playing the role as James Dean, the role that earned Franco a Golden Globe Award.
7 Chris Pratt
Before he took the role as Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation, Pratt had been a homeless man living on the streets of Maui, Hawaii.
During his homelessness, he made a living by working as discount ticket salesperson and daytime stripper.
In an interview with The Independent, Pratt actually said that he enjoyed being a homeless man because he could do all the drinking and smoking weed as much as he wanted, while working only minimal hours just to cover basic necessities such as food, gas, and fishing supplies.