Before they were successful country artists, they were receptionists, cashiers, and even salesmen. Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
In honor of Labor Day, artists like Kip Moore, Caylee Hammock and Carrie Underwood reminisced on some of their first jobs and the lessons they learned as they were introduced into the working world. This holiday weekend also signifies that the end of summer is near, and for some of these artists, that meant they would finally be getting a break from their jobs out in the southern heat.
We have compiled a list of some of the best and worst jobs these artists have experienced before getting to live out their dreams in Nashville.
My first job was working on an alfalfa field. I moved pipes in the mornings to make sure that everything got properly watered.
I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the South Georgia heat. There’s nothing worse than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day.
The first job I ever had was a receptionist for my parent’s hair salon. And they still have that hair salon in Arlington, Texas. It’s called Maren Carson salon. That was my first ever job. I had to answer phones, I had to book hairdressers schedules, I had to book and cancel appointments, I had to keep track of the register. So it was like a good entry way into the customer service industry. It taught me a lot.
[My] worst job was probably whenever I got out of school, I started working for an environmental group in Baton Rouge, and I was doing actual environmental work at first. I went to my boss probably about four months in and told him that I was going to move to Nashville and write songs. Luckily enough, he let me stay on, but I became the weedeater guy for the landscaping side of the business. I seriously weed-eated eight hours a day.
My worst job was working in a nursery, actually. I love kids so I thought I’d be really good at it, but when you’re the new person coming in, you have to change all the diapers first. So, I was changing 45 diapers a day and it got to the point where everything smelled like baby poop. It literally drove me crazy.
I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it.
I was fifteen and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at 15, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.
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.
The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!