Inspiring tales for new college graduates

Our old pal Buzzfeed has a post on people who had some tough times in their twenties before eventually becoming successful. Now is perhaps an appropriate time to tell such stories as thousands of 22 year old college graduates are starting their careers. There are people you recognize here — Jon Hamm, Kristin Wigg, and other celebrities — in fact almost the entire list is from the entertainment industry in one form or another. So, if I had to give some advice I would say, um, uh …. if there’s a good take away from this list of stories it would be uh … be very good looking, yes, that’s it … be attractive ….

1. Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm

At 27, Hamm couldn’t find any work and was dropped by the William Morris Agency. He vowed to quit acting if he couldn’t get his career rolling by 30. Fortunately, he landed a role on the NBC drama Providence at age 29.

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2. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah bounced around various Baltimore news stations, including one that fired her for getting too emotionally invested in stories. Her demotion to daytime TV proved a blessing in disguise, and by 30 she had the highest-rated talk show in Chicago.

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3. Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Struggling to make money acting, Ford supported himself as a carpenter. A chance gig building cabinets for George Lucas led to a small part in American Graffiti and the role of Han Solo.

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4. Tim Allen

Tim Allen

In his mid-twenties, Allen spent over two years in federal prison for selling cocaine. The experience forced him to turn his life around and revive his stand-up career.

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5. Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig

Wiig spent her twenties working every odd job imaginable, from selling peaches to babysitting to drawing bodies of plastic surgery patients. SNL finally noticed her work with the Groundlings and hired her at 32.

You can check out the rest here.

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