â€śNine to five is how you survive. I ainâ€™t tryinâ€™ to survive. Iâ€™m tryinâ€™ to live it to the limit and love it a lot,” are the words of the great rapper turned businessman Jay-Z.
No matter what career field interests us, itâ€™s safe to say we all want to reach a level of success where we feel like weâ€™re living life to the max. Below are five celebrities who traded in the 9-to-5 life for a career in entertainment, letting us know that sometimes we have to take risks and step outside of our safety nets to reach success.
Taraji P. Henson: Before the movie roles and red carpet appearances, this single mother from Washington, D.C. worked as a receptionist at the Pentagon and a waitress on the “Spirit of Washingtonâ€ť cruise ship. With the encouragement of family and friends, Henson left her normal life in D.C. for Hollywood with little money, big dreams and a toddler on her hip. â€śWherever it is Iâ€™m going in this business Iâ€™m not there yet,â€ť she told the Washington Post in 2011. â€śWho wants to come to Hollywood and be on the B list? I want the A list!â€ť
2. Laz Alonso: Before landing roles on the big screen and starring in a prime-time TV series, this Howard University graduate started his professional career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. After realizing a 9-to-5 wasnâ€™t for him, Alonso left his lucrative office job, took some acting classes, and the rest is history.
Nicki Minaj: Today Nicki is one of the hottest female rappers out, has her own perfume, a clothing line on the way and is a judge on American Idol. But before all of the fame and success, Minaj worked in customer service for a telephone company, admitting to Fuse TV that she was a bit snappy on the job. After leaving her office gig, the head Barb in charge put all her focus on music, saying â€śI always believe that any and everything is possible if you really believe and do the work.â€ť
Rick Ross: Before becoming the head honcho of Maybach Music Group, Rozay served as a corrections officer in Florida. Despite the criticism of his pre-rap lifestyle not living up to his street-friendly lyrics, Ross has proven with hard work and dedication that heâ€™s one of the biggest “bawses” weâ€™ve seen thus far having four No.1 albums and a Grammy nomination under his belt.
Jesse Williams: Before becoming a star on the ABC hit drama series Greyâ€™s Anatomy, Williams was a schoolteacher in New York who taught high school and middle school students. He got his big break with his role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and since then his acting career has climbed up hill, letting us know to never be afraid to answer when a big opportunity