Most of us idolize celebrities for their talents in singing, dancing, or acting. We also sometimes dream of having the life they have—travelling and seeing different places, meeting other personalities, and having millions of adoring fans sending love their way.
But as lavish as their lives now are, some celebrities weren’t born with a silver spoon or with the privileges they now have. In fact, some of those whom we dearly look up to had to hustle and work regular jobs before they joined showbiz. (Read: Ronnie Liang, Carol Banawa, and Agot Isidro are now serving as frontliners)
You might not know it, but popular celebrities like Pia Wurtzbach, Gloc-9, and Marvin Agustin have worked full-time jobs at fast-food chains in the past to support their families and finish their studies. How were they able to cope up and make ends meet? Read on and be inspired by their stories!
Actress, endorser, beauty queen, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach has become a household name and top choice of brands ever since she won the prestigious Miss Universe pageant back in 2015. She is also admired by many because before she won the title, she had to join Binibining Pilipinas thrice, as she failed to get the coveted Binibining Pilipinas Universe title in her first two attempts. (Read: Anti-Terror Bill: Beauty Queens Urge Filipinos to Speak up, Be Informed)
But did you know that Pia did not just persevere for her dream to become a beauty queen? The once-called most beautiful woman in the world also worked hard for her family, as she became the breadwinner at 11 years old. She used to work at a food establishment, waiting tables just to provide food for her family. “I’ve worked countless jobs from waiting tables to packing boxes in a paper factory — a testament that I hustled on and never gave up ‘til I reached my dreams,” Pia said in an Instagram post.
Regarded as one of the best Filipino rappers of all time, Gloc-9 has made albums and songs that topped charts for weeks, are streamed all around the Philippines and even the world, and are recognized for their compelling lyrics. Everyone who has listened even just once to Pinoy rap knows who Gloc-9 is.
But contrary to his successes now, Gloc-9, born Aristotle Pollisco, was not born into a well-off family. He had to work as a service crew at various food establishments like Tokyo Tokyo, Bun on the Run, Little Caesars, and French Baker to help his mom pay bills, and for him to be able to go to auditions. Aside from the struggles he faced, Gloc-9 was also often looked down upon by others, with people telling him “rapper ka lang” or “hanggang diyan ka na lang.” (Read: These readers will inspire you to keep going amidst life’s challenges)
Now, Gloc-9 is more than grateful for the blessings he’s been receiving and for all the challenges that inspired him to keep going after his dreams. “23 years ago, may isang batang taga-Binangonan na nangarap. 23 years after, gusto ko pong magpasalamat,” the rapper said in a post.
Chef, actor, and entrepreneur Marvin Agustin is known as one of the country’s top restaurateurs and ’90s leading men. He owns various businesses and most of them are restaurants that have become some of the fastest-growing food establishments in the country. But did you know that even before becoming a restaurateur, Marvin already had a start in the food industry? (Read: The Best Home Recipes by Chef Marvin Agustin)
Before entering showbiz, Marvin worked as a driver, mascot, clerk, and waiter for Mexican restaurant Tia Maria’s Alabang Branch. It was there where he was discovered by talent scouts who launched him as part of Star Magic Batch 2 together with Diether Ocampo, Mylene Dizon, and Patrick Garcia, among others.