25 Artists and Their Day Jobs Before Making It Big

Jasper Johns

Day Job: Messenger, Shipping Clerk, Used Bookstore Clerk

While in New York, Johns held several jobs, first as a messenger and then as a shipping clerk. Finally, after entering college for just one day, he got a job as a clerk in the Marlboro College Bookstore. His humble beginnings are no indication of the great art career that was soon to follow.

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