This may come as a surprise, but before they were famous, Hollywood’s biggest stars were normal people just like us. And most of them had to get jobs like you and me in order to make money and keep themselves afloat! Just take Khloe Kardashian, for example. Yep, before becoming a super famous model and reality star, she actually worked as Nicole Richie‘s assistant. Wow — who knew?!

“I went to school with her. She was one of my best friends growing up and so we were really, really close,” the brunette beauty recalled in a recent interview, when asked how she got the job. “When she started doing Simple Life — I think it was after Simple Life towards the end — she just needed some help and I just needed a job.”

It turns out, some of your other favorite stars had some pretty strange professions before they entered into the spotlight. From Taylor Swift to Beyoncé, here’s what celebrities were doing before they rose to fame…

Taylor Swift Worked On A Christmas Tree Farm

Taylor Swift

Before winning Grammys and selling out stadiums, the “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress grew up on a Christmas Tree farm with her family, and her job was to check them for bugs!