There is no easy path! Lets dive into the top 10 celebrities who started their careers as freelancers
#10 Carol Tice
It does not really matter whatever kind of freelancer you are. What matters is how you value your talent and how you are able to turn them into something greater than yourself. Carol Tice is a great example.
She’s the lady behind MakeaLivingWriting, who wears several hats. One of them is mentoring. In her mentorship program, she teaches her students how to achieve high figures from the revenue of online writing.
Furthermore, Freelance Writers Den was also founded as a community for freelance writers who want their income and chances of success to increase.
#09 Brian Wong
If you’re a technology and games fan, you’ve overheard a lot about Brian Wong. He’s a talented businessman, the founder of Kiip. One of the things you may not be familiar with about him is that he started his career as a freelancer.
Over the last two years, Kiip has been on the rise while working with major companies like Disney, Carl’s Jr, PepsiCo, Kodak, , Sony, and Guinness World Records.
He used to design advertisements using Photoshop and raise money for customers to freelance. The start-up made Brian the world’s youngest tycoon and Mashable included him in his 2010 list of Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch”.
#08 Sahil Lavingia
An extremely talented young designer that all of us need to look at. He developed a number of applications and worked for the most reputable and notorious brands in the television industry, including the Pinterest design, one of the world’s most popular social media networks. When he was employed at Pinterest, he gained a lot of experience. He later incorporated what he had learned and then founded Gumroad, a famous website that aims to help people sell their items online. World-renowned and famous singers such as Wiz Khalifa , Girl Talk, and David Banner and many others have used Gumroad to sell their products.
#07 Cyan Ta’eed
She co-founded Envato with her partner, Collis, and Jun Rung. As a freelance designer who devoted her time to working in creative areas, Cyan began her entrepreneurial career. FreelanceSwitch, a collective of expert freelancers, was her first startup until it became one of the Envato education and information websites. There are over 384,383 FreelanceSwitch members now.
#06 Chris Pearson
Chris Pearson is among the most innovative and talented web designers I know. Well he is a celebrity online and is best known as the creator of the thesis platform for WordPress and the founder of DIYthemes.com. Chris is a former freelance designer who started creating cool themes for WordPress and its clients before dreaming of something bigger than himself, a thing that would revolutionize the overcrowded market for WordPress themes. So, he developed the structure of the thesis theme. Famous and productive blogs have collaborated with the thesis framework, such as copyblogger and problogger.
#5 Stephen King
More than 350 million copies of his books have been sold, but for Stephen King, success did not happen overnight. It might be hard to believe, but Stephen got hundreds of rejection letters in the early days of his writing career for his publications he had sent out to magazines. However, he used them as inspiration instead of giving up, and would nail them to his wall. Finally, after two years, his story “I Was a Teenage Graverobber” was accepted by Comics Review magazine.
#04 Salman Rushdie
The Anglo-Indian author Salman Rushdie is one of the twentieth century’s leading novelists. His style is also associated with magic realism, combining religion, imagination, and mythology into a single composite reality. He was compared to writers such as Peter Carey, Emma Tennant, and Angela Carter. Salman Rushdie may have won several awards for his literature, but 40 years earlier, he failed a copy test at JWT. For a decade, Rushdie snagged freelance copywriter jobs at Charles Barker and Ogilvy & Mather, producing the tagline “That’ll do nicely” for American Express and “Irresistibubble” for Aero bars.
#03 Collis Ta’eed
Behind Envato, Collis Ta’eed is a prosperous and innovative entrepreneur. Envato’s networks are made up of a lot of tutorial pages, such as Psdtuts+, Netuts+, Vectortuts+, Audiotuts+ and several other marketplace websites. The thing you’re probably not aware of is that Collins was a freelance and self-employed designer before co-founding Envato. As a web designer, he started his freelance career, giving him the versatility and strong base to make the leap to launch Envato early in March 2006.
#02 Alex Mangini
The owner of Kolakube is Alex Mangini. He’s a young entrepreneur who before producing snazzy thesis skins for WordPress, began providing services to clients. Alex is a very talented and innovative entrepreneur who blends his talents in Photoshop and web design to create topics that drive the company over the edge. The first thing he sold was a thesis premium skin used at blogussion.com and it produced sales of over $20,000.
#01 Meg Ryan
Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra was born on November 19, 1961, and grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was voted “cutest” student by her fellow classmates in high school, radiating charm and what was to become her signature smile. But, as she is known, America’s Sweetheart hasn’t always had such a good one. Meg Ryan did some freelance “acting” in advertisements for items such as toothpaste and Campbell’s Soup in the early 80s while studying journalism at NYU. Soon she landed a part in a television series and then a movie, and never looked back.
And that concludes our list of 10 celebrities who started their career as Freelancers. We hope you enjoyed this post.
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