09/05/2014 08:31 EDT | Updated 09/05/2014 10:59 EDT

Before They Were Famous, These Music Stars Had Crappy Jobs (Literally, In One Case)

Pop singer and actress Madonna, in London, March 1986, to publicise her new movie

Being a gigantically successful rock, pop or hip-hop star seems like a pretty cushy gig. We're talking world tours, fancy hotels, cash, fans and playing music for a living. But the fame and fortune that can come with being a successful rock star isn’t exactly a given when deciding upon a risky profession like music.

Before most of the biggest music stars in the world went on to enjoy the good life, they had to work some awful jobs to earn a living while pursuing their dream. Just like the rest of us.

From selling porn and guarding prisoners to digging graves and cleaning poop, here’s a look at some of the worst jobs famous musicians had to work before they hit it big.

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