When it comes to the rich and famous, we always associate them only with the roles they are famous for. Musicians have always performed and actors have always portrayed characters on the big screen.
However, many of the biggest stars we know today have earned multiple qualifications and held down 9-5 jobs before making a name for themselves.
And let’s just say that the face of music, performing arts and sports would be very different today if many stars had continued to work in the accounting industries in which they originally started.
With this in mind, the experts at subscription-based learning platform StaySharp have compiled a list of notable stars who started their careers in accounting sectors before becoming famous.
Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known as the iconic Mick Jagger, is an English singer, songwriter, actor and film producer. Jagger achieved international fame as the lead singer and one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones. His ongoing songwriting partnership with Keith Richards is still one of the most successful in history.
However, before becoming the legendary frontman of the Rolling Stones, Jagger studied accounting and finance at the London School of Economics on a scholarship. Fortunately for us, the life of an accountant was not for Mr Jagger and he retired after a year of training.
Karin Elaine Johnson, known by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, author, and television personality. However, before becoming a household name, Goldberg had to keep afloat by working as a bank teller, bricklayer and even a morgue beautician.
Jackson’s famous sister Janet Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, actress and dancer. She is known for her innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative recordings as well as elaborate stage shows.
But before joining the family business in the music industry, Jackson studied accounting. Many records and five Grammys later, the singer still says that if she wasn’t singing, she’d probably be an accountant.
Eddie Izzard is an English stand-up comedian, actor and activist, her comedic style takes the form of offbeat quirky monologues and self-referential pantomime. However, this super successful comedian was once a failed accounting student.
Izzard is the son of an accountant and, following in his father’s footsteps, studied accountancy and financial management at Sheffield University before falling out of love with the profession and turning to a life of stand-up comedy.
It’s hard to believe, but tennis pro and former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Venice Williams once pursued a degree in business administration at Indiana University. However, she said accounting almost killed her and instead took her passion for tennis and carved out a hugely successful sporting career for herself – winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, five at Wimbledon and two at the US Open.
John Grisham is an American novelist, attorney, and former member of the 7th District of the Mississippi House of Representatives, and is known for his popular legal thrillers.
According to the American Academy of Achievement, Grisham has written 28 consecutive number one fiction bestsellers, and his books have sold an astounding 300 million copies worldwide.
Grisham is one of only three authors to have sold two million copies of a first edition (along with Tom Clancy and JK Rowling).
However, before his days as a best-selling author and publishing classics like The Firm and The Pelican Brief, he earned a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University.
He originally planned to use his qualifications to become a tax lawyer, but instead used what he learned to write legal thrillers.
Raymond Albert Romano is an American stand-up comedian, actor and screenwriter. Although he is best known for his role as Ray Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as the voice of the lovable mammoth Manny in Ice Age film seriesoriginally studied to be an accountant.
He worked as a bank teller before finding fame and even met his wife Anna while doing his 9 to 5 role.
Robert Plant CBE is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Led Zeppelin. Before Plant’s rock ‘n’ roll days, his father encouraged him to enter the world of accounting and even pushed him to seek help from a private accounting tutor at the age of 16. However, this wasn’t Plant’s career, and he instead opted to sell out arena tours as opposed to crushing numbers.