Let’s hear it for the three-day weekend! Even if you love your job, you probably love a long
holiday weekend, too. Even celebrities who seem to have dream jobs love a little break in the action. Perhaps it’s because they weren’t always stars.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad job. I’ve had hard jobs. I’ve had jobs that worked random hours. My first job was at a gas station, and that was a lot of fun actually. While I was working at the gas station, I took another job at a hotel down the street. There was nobody else working there. I had one day of training and then the next day I came in, and the lady that had worked there the longest and was training me just didn’t show. So, the second day at work I was now in charge ‘cause I was now the senior member that was working at the hotel. So, I feel like that one was really challenging to figure my way through it, but I did. My best job is definitely what I do now. I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”
Sugarland’s Kristian Bush
Before Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles were a hot hit duo, they were working stiffs just like us, but Kristian has always been on the road…in one way or another. “I directed traffic for a while on road crew, when you have to pull up to a road crew that’s working on the road,” he explains. “I got a lot of sunburn on that. And then all the way to the other side, which is maybe the opposite of that job, I was a computer programmer, which is like sitting inside of a cold room and figuring out problems.” Jennifer, on the other hand, was a jill-of-all-trades. She says, ““I painted houses. I worked as a gofer in an art gallery, which was probably the worst one that I had, just because the lady was very mean and I had to tell her so. I was a nanny. My favorite one was being a camp counselor. I did that for three summers and that was probably my most, besides music, my favorite job ever.”
“I started working at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summer. I started roofing houses when I was about 16, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in south Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.” We all know how that turned out.”
Carly Pearce wasn’t always hiding the wine. The super-sweet singer-songwriter had the dirty job of cleaning rental homes. “I cleaned a lot of toilets, scrubbed a lot of floors, cleaned a lot of sheets. Nasty,” she says. But that and being a nanny were a means to an end. She adds, “I always knew that I wanted to do music. So, it was always, just get me to the next gig, let me have enough money to make it through. I’ll do this job for a while because I know I’ve got my heart set on country music.”
None of these jobs sound like a great time, but Midland’s Mark Wystrach may have the worst.
Midland’s Mark Wystrach
Besides his chores on the family ranch, he also worked in his family’s restaurant, on Labor Day, no less. “My family owns a restaurant, live honky-tonk bar and saloon, and starting at about age 10 or 11 during Labor Day we had the rodeo and that’s when it was just crazy chaos,” he says. “And my twin brother and I had to do the dish room and it was probably about 110 degrees, 100 percent humidity in there, and we did a double shift. It was 12 hours. The hardest work I’ve ever done, filthy, you can picture it.”
As hard as that work was, Mark admits that it gave him some perspective. He says, “I think about that stuff all the time, actually, before we’re going onstage stage. I think of all the different jobs I’ve had. You constantly need to take perspective. So it’s a hard road doing what we’re doing, but beats the hell out of dishwashing.”
Happy Labor Day!