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Top celebrity career changes that prove it’s never too late

Posted in: Finance Last updated: 29 Jun 2012

Regretting your career choice? Well you’ll be glad to know that some of the most famous people in history didn’t start out in the line of work they are in now. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite career changes in recent times.

Harrison Ford was a carpenter

After his role in “American Graffiti,” Harrison Ford gave up acting for carpentry. That is, until George Lucas came knocking at his door about a little movie called “Star Wars.”

Kylie Minogue was a soap star

Despite being small, Kylie’s career keeps on growing. She first appeared on our television screens as Charlene in neighbours, before turning into a worldwide pop sensation. She’s recently gone on to become a judge on The Voice.

Harry Hill was a trained neurosurgeon

Who would have known that Harry Hill is actually a trained neurosurgeon and worked as a hospital house officer? He now has a mantelpiece brimming with Baftas and British Comedy Awards after becoming the face of TV Burp and starring in his own movie.

Walt Disney was a newspaper editor

Things didn’t always go swimmingly for Walt. The founder of The Walt Disney Company started out as a newspaper editor, but was apparently fired because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Ken Jeong was a doctor

Best known as Mr. Chow from The Hangover, actor and comedian Ken Jeong is actually a trained doctor but during his medical residency, developed a love and a talent for stand-up comedy. After winning a local stand-up competition, he moved to Los Angeles to further his career, making his first feature film debut in Knocked Up as – you guessed it – a doctor.

Brad Pitt was a limo driver

Believe it or not, Brad Pit used to ferry strippers to and from stag parties. Prior to this, he used to dress up as a giant chicken and stand outside a restaurant waving to cars.

Brian Cox played keyboard for D:Ream

When studying physics at Manchester University, Brian Cox joined D:Ream, a group that had several hits in the UK charts including the number one, “Things Can Only Get Better”.  He’s now a successful scientist who’s appeared on a range of science programmes for the BBC.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was a champion bodybuilder

From champion bodybuilder, to actor, to Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been there, done that and bought the t-shirt.

Whilst we’re not suggesting that you all head off for the limelight, the proof is definitely in the pudding – you can do anything if you set your mind to it. Remember to act now to change tomorrow.

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