Oyster shucker to comedian, lawyer to singer.
Ever feel like you’re stuck in the wrong career and not living up to your full potential? Well you’re not alone. While leaving your job and all you know behind can be scary, but sometimes taking that risk can be worth it. And, sometimes you’ve just got to stick to your guns and go for it.
As it’s been said – you can either choose to build your dream or help someone else build theirs!
Key word to remember – ‘CHOOSE’
Always, always make a choice and follow through with dedication.
For your reading pleasure, we’re featuring 7 amazing personalities who’ve done just that!
7 Famous Career Changes
Well known all over the world for her daytime talk show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Ellen started out as a paralegal and moved on to doing odd jobs including oyster shucking, house painting and bartending. She then started doing stand up at small clubs and coffee houses. She gained popularity and momentum from there and now she’s on everyone’s television screens.
2. Julia Child
This American chef, author and television personality had a very secret early life. Until the age of 36, Julia Child worked as a CIA intelligence officer. She started out as a research assistant during the second world war after finding out that she was too tall to be enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WACs). She always fondly recalled her first french meal which was when she realized her true calling. She went to culinary school afterwards to begin her delicious journey.
3. Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli is a world renowned classical tenor, recording artist and singer-songwriter. He became blind at the young age of 12 following a football accident and his history with glaucoma. After school, he went on to study law. To earn some money while studying, he performed at piano bars. He finished law school and spent one year as a court-appointed lawyer. After that, he quit his job to sing full-time.
4. Brad Pitt
Before he was Tyler Durden in Fight Club or Benjamin Button, this multi-award winning actor and producer started out as a mere limo driver for strippers in California. He also had to dress up as a giant chicken for an “El Pollo Loco” restaurant and wave at passing cars. He continued to work odd jobs while taking acting lessons. He started acting in small uncredited roles and eventually got his first leading role in 1988’s The Dark Side of the Sun followed by roles in True Romance, Interview With The Vampire, 12 Monkeys, Seven and the Ocean’s trilogy among others.
5. Elvis Presley
Over the years, Elvis has become a household name as one of the best-selling artists of all time, even after his death! However, in 1954 he got fired after just one performance. The manager who fired him told him that he was going nowhere with singing and should just go back to driving a truck.
6. Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar
He is the richest Bumiputra corporate figure in Malaysia. According to Forbes, he has a net worth estimated to be US$3.30 billion, making him the 7th richest Malaysian. He started out helping his father breed cows. The cow breeding business crumbled after the foot and mouth disease. Still, he took over the business and started over by selling meats. He then moved on to rice trading. Slowly but surely, he expanded and diversified. Today his business empire has grown into areas which include transportation and logistics, plantations, property development, defense and armory as well as engineering and power generation.
7. Tan Sri Dato’ Loh Boon Siew
More affectionately known as Mr Honda, this Penangite tycoon became the first sole distributor of Honda motorcycles here in Malaysia. He went from shovelling pig dung to make fuel as a child to fixing cars as a teenager. He also washed buses at night for a mere 10 cents per bus. When he was only 18 years old, he bought 11 buses with his savings. He made quite a profit after reselling them. His money was confiscated by the Japanese during World War 2. After World War 2, he started selling bicycles, tires, and motorcycle accessories. He soon expanded his business to used cars, transports and buses, and property development (in the 50s). After the rise in popularity of the Honda Super Cub, he arranged for a meeting with its creator, Mr Soichiro Honda. Soon after, the first Malaysian Honda showroom was set up in Penang.
(This article was written by Jessica Divakaran)