The Fight to Fame: 14 Stars Who Struggled Before They Made it Big

Nights in homeless shelters, sharing rooms, waiting tables – it takes a lot of work to become a star

JON HAMM WAS A WAITER FOR A LONG TIME

He got his big break in Mad Men, but Hamm hasn't always been a huge Hollywood success. He told Vanity Fair it took a lot of years of waiting tables to get there. "I mean, I've probably been a waiter longer than I've really been anything else. Or I'm probably coming up on even. But barely."