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Oscar Winners – Alternative Career Paths

1095615_74746244 (1)Award season is upon us! It is the time of year when all of Hollywood get together to celebrate success.  We researched what the actors were interested in BEFORE they turned to the bright lights and the big city.  You may be surprised at what we found.

Jennifer Lawrence – As an Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence started her career at a young age. After graduating high school early, between acting jobs, she acted as an assistant nurse at the summer day camp her mother ran.

Assistant Nurse:  The average median pay for a nursing assistant is £14,351 per annum.

Daniel Day-Lewis – Daniel Day-Lewis studied acting from a young age. His first acting appearance was in the movie Sunday Bloody Sunday. He also excelled in the National Youth Theatre. In 1975, he applied for an apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker. Lucky for us, his application was rejected due to lack of experience.

Carpenter:  The average median pay for a carpenter is £22,483. Dependant on your skill set a much higher pay is reachable.

Christoph Waltz – Christoph studied as an actor from a young age and was born into a theatre family. While studying in New York, Germany and London,  he became fluent  in three  languages: German, French and English.

Translator: With more than ten years’ experience, an average hourly rate ranges from £19 – £31..

Anne Hathaway – Hathaway was born into a Catholic family, growing up her mother was an actress and her father a lawyer.  From a young age, she wanted to become a nun. As she got older, personal issues arose and her beliefs changed.

Lawyer: If Anne decided to follow in her father’s footsteps, she would hope to earn a median of £41,095.

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