YourÂ favorite celebrities typically didnâtÂ get whereÂ they are now without a lot of hard work and goodÂ olâÂ grinding. You may look at somebody like Chris Pratt, for example, and think he just made it because of who he is, but did you know he waited tables in Hawaii for a few years before being discovered?Â Weâve learned that a bunch of other celebs also hadÂ to do some pretty regular things to get the chance to play the extraordinaryÂ roles we typically associate them with.
ThatâsÂ whyÂ weâveÂ condensedÂ nineÂ of our favoriteÂ #TheUnknownHustle articles into one place. Now you have easy access to inspiration whenever you need a quick pick-me-up to get you back on your grind.Â
LaBeouf crafted a stunt to try and land himself an agent: He opened up the Yellow Pages, dialed an agent, put on a British accent and pretended to be a manager who repped a child client they would absolutely die for.
Diesel said, âOne day I was driving by the Four SeasonsÂ Hotel when I saw one of my favorite actors walking into the hotel: Morgan Freeman.Â So I pulled over, popped the trunk and ran after him to give him my short film.â
Imagine if Childish Gambino was your collegeÂ dormâs resident assistant?! Twitter user Dominique Ariel Toney, orÂ @domtoney, posted,Â âAll this Donald Glover talk reminds me of that time when he was an RA in my freshman year dorm at NYU. My roommate Marisa & I used to sneak into his programs bc he always had good snacks. Was impressed back then, and impressed to this day. Go Donald.â
The Rock tried to make his football dreams come true. On a salary of $300 per week, he was the newcomer in the Canadian Football League (CFL)Â with what one teammate described as a âyoked-upâ frame who ended up playing second fiddle to the teamâs all-star defensive line. His football dreams never came true.
The actorâs big break came from approaching a casting director at a bar…
Jared Leto always believed in himself. Once he was able to move to Los Angeles, heÂ âended up sleeping on Venice Beach,â he toldÂ FilmInk. âBut I was young and healthy, and I knew that it was just for a short period of time. I was intent on making a new life for myself. I ended up staying in a crack motel for a few nights, and later in a youth hostel; eventually, I got an apartment.â
Before he becameÂ anÂ NBA mogul, Mark CubanÂ hadÂ a job laying carpet. He was horrible at it, so he tried his hand as a short-order cook. Next,Â he was a server at an upscale restaurant, but every time he would open a bottle of wine, reportedly chunks of cork would get into it.
Early in life,Â Walt Disney attempted to become a cartoonist for his local newspaper, but his attempts were consistentlyÂ rebuffed. Once he finally made it on staff, the legendary animator was fired by a chiefÂ editor in 1919 and told that heâdÂ never be a cartoonist because he âlacked imagination and good ideas.â
ForÂ Hussle, music was a catalyst to provide actual value andÂ change inÂ his community. Improving his communityâs accessibility to resources absent in most South Central neighborhoods was always a hallmark ofÂ hisÂ vision. Injecting much of his wealth back into Crenshaw, he founded several businesses dedicated to fosteringÂ blackÂ entrepreneurship and creatingÂ educationalÂ opportunities like Vector90,Â described asÂ âaÂ âhood version of WeWork…with an emphasis in STEM for young people of color.âÂ