Everyone has got to start somewhere!
Making it Hollywood can be tough, but having a famous boss can certainly help.
Just ask celebs like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Garner and Mindy Kaling, who all worked for successful celebrities before finding fame. As they learned from the best, it's no surprise they went on to be mega stars themselves.
Scroll through the gallery below to see just a few of the celebs who were put through their paces by other top stars.
The world's most famous beauty with a booty, now a billion-dollar reality star and entrepreneur, got her start getting intimate with other celebrities' belongings — as their wardrobe organizer. Kim Kardashian appeared on Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's 2003 reality show, The Simple Life, as Hilton's closet caddy. "I had to organize and color-coordinate it and help her with my styling advice: What she needed to get rid of, what she needed to fill back in, do personal shopping," Kardashian recalls. "With her, it was mostly getting rid of stuff because she's a compulsive shopper."
Funny is good training for funny. Or at least it seems to have been for the Girls star. Not wanting to just trade on her anchor father Brian Williams' fame to launch her acting career, she took a closer-to-entry-level job in television: Tina Fey's assistant the summer she was filming Baby Mama and 30 Rock. Since making magic with Lena Dunham and friends and starring in Get Out and Netflix's The Perfection, Williams seems on track to become her own bossy pants.
Before she became an iconic Housewife, feuding with Ramona Singer and inventing Skinnygirl, Bethenny Frankel worked for real housewives — high-profile ones. The reality star toiled as a hostess in a Beverly Hills restaurant where she met now RHOBH star Kyle Richards, who hired Bethenny to drive her nieces — Paris and Nicky Hilton (seeing a theme with stars’ first jobs?!) — to school. Frankel then became the Hiltons’ nanny and chef.
Just dance! That might be Jenna Dewan's advice to aspiring young performers since it worked out for her. The Flirty Dancing host was obsessed with Janet Jackson as a child. After moving to L.A., she auditioned for and was cast in the music icon's "Doesn't Really Matter" video — then joined her next tour, All for You.
When Dewan was offered the job, she "started screaming and jumping up and down" — and ended up staying with Jackson's team for two years. Before eventually getting her big break in the 2006 film Step Up, Dewan also worked as a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake, sparking rumors of a romance that she's since addressed (they did date, briefly).
Little did she know that one of her first jobs in the biz would be good training for her 2019 movie, Late Night. Mindy Kaling interned on Late Night With Conan O'Brien while she was in college. When she went back to visit in 2012, this time as a guest, the actress and writer told the host: "I couldn't believe how starstruck I was working [here]. I was the worst intern that's ever worked on the program. I wanted to work there not to learn how to photocopy things but to, like, watch you. So I wouldn't do the things I was hired to do. I would just kind of follow you around." Call it method acting.
Future Grammy winner Kanye West got his start as a producer for Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella label, working on the rapper's own 2001 album, The Blueprint. Oh, and if we're throwing it way, way back, West also reportedly worked in retail, at The Gap, which is fitting considering he just launched a 10-year partnership with the brand.
Before she was kicking ass on Alias or running her baby food line, Once Upon A Farm, Jennifer Garner took home cash the old-fashioned way: babysitting. The parent she reported to was a little more high profile than the average, though: Stephen Colbert, who met Garner when she guest-starred on an episode of ABC's Spin City in 1996.
The actress looked after the late-night host and his wife Evelyn's daughter, Madeleine, while she auditioned for roles and remembers loving their "gorgeous little girl. She was such a peanut and really smart." Now Garner's the one allocating the childcare budget — for her own three kids with ex Ben Affleck.