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 "Shanghai Surprise". (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

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.

The Crappiest Jobs Famous Musicians Ever Had