Celebrities That Mastered Their Career Changes

People are always interested in the jobs celebrities had before getting famous. For most stars, it was something boring involving dealing with customers and being miserable. But some celebrities' previous jobs were still celebrity jobs. Its rare that anyone can transition from one Hollywood-esque career to another, but here are 7 people that pulled it off!

 

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez started off as a dancer on Fox's In Living Color. Then she starred in the movie Anaconda, realized she'd made the perfect movie, and became a singer. Currently, Jennifer Lopez is either making music, judging American Idol, or, most importantly, protecting everyone from giant snakes. We just don't know it.

 

Will Smith

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Will Smith didn't have to cuss in his raps to sell records, but even with that kind of talent, he gave up music to become a movie star. (For the record, Smith has said naughty words in his movies.) Today, Will Smith is one of the biggest box office draws in the world. The lesson is don't swear if you're a rapper, but absolutely swear if you make movies.

 

Ben Affleck

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Nobody seemed to respect Affleck's acting, but he kept getting work so good on him. Eventually though, Affleck moved behind the camera and now suddenly everyone likes him. Until he was cast as Batman. Then everybody hated him again. Could it be that people like Affleck, but just not his giant, flat face?

 

Miley Cyrus

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Whatever Miley Cyrus is now, it's not what she started out as. Her Hannah Montana days are definitely over. Now, instead of acting in movies and TV shows, she acts like a pothead. Technically, Miley's a singer now (as opposed to an actor portraying a singer), but really, she's a professional pothead.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold started out as a body builder, but when he wanted to move beyond that, people told him hard-to-pronounce last name, and ridiculous thick accent would hold him back. He proved his critics wrong when he became one of the biggest action stars in the world. Then he wanted to be Governor of California, even though In Schwarzenegger's most famous film, The Terminator, he delivers something like five lines. Was he really the ideal candidate to run a state he can barely pronounce?

 

The Rock

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The Rock started off as a pro wrestler, but then decided to get into acting as Dwayne Johnson. This has basically never worked before. Sure, some wrestlers appear in movies, but they're usually resigned to cameos or direct-to-DVD fare. Remember how The Rock used to ask people if they could smell what he was cooking? Turns out it was nothing. He was too busy taking acting classes to cook.

 

Steven Seagal

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If you're a fan of '80s action movies, go break the law in Arizona. You may get to meet one of your heroes. The star of Under Siege 2 is now a cop. Of course, Segal is presumably only working this gig until Hollywood wises up and decides to make Under Siege 3: Siege on a Plane.

 

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