Stars Who Earned A Living Through Part-Time Jobs Before Making It Big

The road to stardom is often a long and winding path, filled with obstacles and uncertainty.

Although it might be hard to imagine when looking at their glamorous lives today, many famous celebrities began their careers by working part-time jobs to make ends meet.

Here are seven stars who took on ordinary part-time jobs before their rise to fame:


Before he became one of Korea’s most famous idols, Suga made a living during his trainee years by working part-time as a delivery driver. Unfortunately, he ended up in a serious motorcycle accident and suffered a severe shoulder injury that still affects his dancing today.

Kang Ha Neul

Actor Kang Ha Neul paid his way through private school by working a variety of part-time jobs. He spent the longest time working as a server at a buffet, but he also worked part-time gigs at a gas station, a convenience store, and a duck farm.

Kim Tae Ri

Before skyrocketing to fame through her role in the film “The Handmaiden,” Kim Tae Ri worked part-time at a convenience store, a cafe, and a fast food restaurant. The actress even mentioned that her portrayal of her character in “The Handmaiden” had been influenced by her part-time work experience.

Wanna One’s Ong Seong Woo

Ong Seong Woo spent 10 years as a trainee before debuting as a member of Wanna One, and he worked so many part-time jobs during those years that his fans have dubbed him “The King of Part-Time Jobs.” The idol took on an impressive variety of modeling gigs, including fitting modeling, wedding modeling, hair modeling, and modeling for an online shopping mall.

Kim Go Eun

Actress Kim Go Eun saved up during her school years by working 10 hours a day at a Japanese noodle restaurant. She also worked part-time as a fitting model and as an administrative clerk at a government agency.

Ryu Jun Yeol

Actor Ryu Jun Yeol is famous for having worked a diverse array of part-time jobs. Before his breakout role in tvN’s “Reply 1988,” he spent time working as a restaurant server, handing out flyers, and even selling merchandise at a SHINee concert.

Shim Hyung Tak

In the past, actor Shim Hyung Tak’s family went through difficult times after a relative’s betrayal landed them with a massive debt of 1 billion won (approximately $884,495). In order to help out his family, the actor waited tables at restaurants and also paved asphalt roads.

While he was working part-time at a cafe, Shim Hyung Tak’s life was changed forever when SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo Man spotted him and offered him a chance to join the entertainment industry.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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