Hollywood endings start with humble first jobs

Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:48pm EDT
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite their current world of glamor, not everyone with a Hollywood ending grew up in glitz.

For the latest installment of Reuters' "First Jobs" series, we talked to a few of those who have triumphed about their decidedly non-Hollywood first gigs.

Jay Roach

Director, "Austin Powers" films; "Meet the Parents"

First job: Bed delivery

"For two summers I drove a truck around New Mexico delivering beds. It was for a company called Sleep World, and I think the slogan was, 'For a good night's sleep and all the rest!'"

"I was paid $2.10 an hour back then, and I was only 16 or 17. I had to drive a five-ton cube truck around to places like Santa Fe and Taos and Los Alamos, and many times I was sent out alone.   Continued...

Courtney Kemp Agboh, creator and showrunner of the television series "Power," poses during Los Angeles premiere of "Blunt Talk" at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, California August 10, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian