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25th Dec '16 5:06:07 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Torbjörn and Siv Västerström are from a family that underwent a RichesToRags episode some years ago. After this, Torbjörn got a job copying old books and got the idea for the expedition when he found out just how valuable the original texts were. Siv was working in an institute researching [[ThePlague the Rash]] before joining him in his initiative, but it is unclear whether she got the job before or of after the family's financial difficulties showed up.
3rd Nov '16 5:32:13 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/AntMan'''s titular hero finds himself working at an ice cream parlor after getting released from prison - and even they fire him once they discover he's an ex-con. Then he ends up working as a thief for eccentric billionaire Hank Pym, thus starting his superhero career.



* In ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', Bernie is shocked to find out that Frank Elgin, once a highly successful big band singer, has been reduced to recording commercial jingles.



* The start of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' shows two members using their ghost-fighting gear to (unsuccessfully) entertain children at a birthday party. Another member is hosting a hack-psychic show.



* ''Film/TheHobbit'' shows Thorin Oakenshield, Durin's heir, working as a blacksmith in the time between the razing of the kingdom and his quest to restore it.



* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Creator/CharlesBronson's character was once a highly-paid BountyHunter, but now works chopping wood so he's willing to accept the measly pay the villagers are offering. "Right now, that's a fortune."
* Subverted in ''Film/ManOnTheMoon''. After acheiving national fame on ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Creator/AndyKaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) is seen bussing tables at a deli, ''while the show is still on the air.'' When people recognize him, he just tells them "I get that all the time." That was based on real life. Andy refused to quit his busboy job, in part because he never liked the show or his character and didn't want to be dependent on it.



* Several members of the 2001 ''Film/OceansEleven'' team are recruited from jobs like these.

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* Several members In ''Film/OceansEleven'', in the beginning of the 2001 ''Film/OceansEleven'' team movie, Rusty has resorted to teaching young actors how to play poker and Saul is attempting to retire and take up dog-racing but both are recruited from jobs like these.clearly bored out of their minds.



* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the team's coach had suffered from a CareerEndingInjury in the beginning and is now working as an errand boy for his teammate now chairman who caused his injury. Also, the former Shaolin monks except one are working for a meager living.
* Slightly meta example: in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', WesternAnimation/BettyBoop is seen working as a nightclub cigarette girl following the arrival of color cartoons.
* In ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', Jeffrey Anderson (Creator/KevinKline) has sunk from a prominent daytime television role to performing as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in a rundown Florida dinner theatre for an audience of uninterested senior citizens. Half of his audience are too hard of hearing to know what he's saying, the other half are too distracted to care.
* ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' deconstructs this. Rose drags her sister into starting an impromptu business cleaning up crime scenes - because she needs the money to get her son into a private school. Although disgusted by the work at first, she soon finds enjoyment in it and comes to love it - especially when she realises that what she does benefits people.



* When Creator/MickeyRourke's character in ''Film/TheWrestler'' is forced to leave the ring--even at the low-level promotion he had been with since falling from national stardom--he resorts to working the deli counter at a grocery store.
* Subverted in ''Film/ManOnTheMoon''. After acheiving national fame on ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Creator/AndyKaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) is seen bussing tables at a deli, ''while the show is still on the air.'' When people recognize him, he just tells them "I get that all the time." That was based on real life. Andy refused to quit his busboy job, in part because he never liked the show or his character and didn't want to be dependent on it.
* In ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', Jeffrey Anderson (Creator/KevinKline) has sunk from a prominent daytime television role to performing as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in a rundown Florida dinner theatre for an audience of uninterested senior citizens. Half of his audience are too hard of hearing to know what he's saying, the other half are too distracted to care.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' shows Thorin Oakenshield, Durin's heir, working as a blacksmith in the time between the razing of the kingdom and his quest to restore it.
* The start of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' shows two members using their ghost-fighting gear to (unsuccessfully) entertain children at a birthday party. Another member is hosting a hack-psychic show.
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the team's coach had suffered from a CareerEndingInjury in the beginning and is now working as an errand boy for his teammate now chairman who caused his injury. Also, the former Shaolin monks except one are working for a meager living.
* Slightly meta example: in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', WesternAnimation/BettyBoop is seen working as a nightclub cigarette girl following the arrival of color cartoons.
* In ''Film/OceansEleven'', in the beginning of the movie, Rusty has resorted to teaching young actors how to play poker and Saul is attempting to retire and take up dog-racing but both are clearly bored out of their minds.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Creator/CharlesBronson's character was once a highly-paid BountyHunter, but now works chopping wood so he's willing to accept the measly pay the villagers are offering. "Right now, that's a fortune."
* In ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', Bernie is shocked to find out that Frank Elgin, once a highly successful big band singer, has been reduced to recording commercial jingles.

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* When Creator/MickeyRourke's character in ''Film/TheWrestler'' is forced to leave the ring--even at the low-level promotion he had been with since falling from national stardom--he resorts to working the deli counter at a grocery store. \n* Subverted in ''Film/ManOnTheMoon''. After acheiving national fame on ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Creator/AndyKaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) is seen bussing tables at a deli, ''while The movie plays with this as Randy actually seems to enjoy working with the show is still on the air.'' When people recognize him, he just tells them "I get that all the time." That was based on real life. Andy refused to quit his busboy job, in part because he never liked the show or his character and didn't want to be dependent on it.
* In ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', Jeffrey Anderson (Creator/KevinKline) has sunk from a prominent daytime television role to performing as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in a rundown Florida dinner theatre for an audience of uninterested senior citizens. Half of his audience are too hard of hearing to know what
customers - though he's saying, the other half are too distracted to care.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' shows Thorin Oakenshield, Durin's heir, working
mortified when someone recognises him as a blacksmith in the time between the razing of the kingdom and his quest to restore it.
* The start of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' shows two members using their ghost-fighting gear to (unsuccessfully) entertain children at a birthday party. Another member is hosting a hack-psychic show.
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the team's coach had suffered from a CareerEndingInjury in the beginning and is now working as an errand boy for his teammate now chairman who caused his injury. Also, the former Shaolin monks except one are working for a meager living.
* Slightly meta example: in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', WesternAnimation/BettyBoop is seen working as a nightclub cigarette girl following the arrival of color cartoons.
* In ''Film/OceansEleven'', in the beginning of the movie, Rusty has resorted to teaching young actors how to play poker and Saul is attempting to retire and take up dog-racing but both are clearly bored out of their minds.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Creator/CharlesBronson's character was once a highly-paid BountyHunter, but now works chopping wood so he's willing to accept the measly pay the villagers are offering. "Right now, that's a fortune."
* In ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', Bernie is shocked to find out that Frank Elgin, once a highly successful big band singer, has been reduced to recording commercial jingles.
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* A variation in ''{{Series/Charmed}}'''s Season 6. Paige decides to find herself, so she goes to loads of temp jobs. These end up being annoying jobs such as dog walking, fruit packing in a factory, secretary to a sleazy businessman etc. She usually finds a magical purpose in them however.
* When Lisa in ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' spends too much money on her father's credit card, she gets a job as a waitress to pay the money back. Bear in mind that Lisa is a rich, prissy DaddysGirl. Her father finds this ActuallyPrettyFunny when he finds out - and his punishment is for Lisa to keep working the job until she's paid the debts (at her own insistence).
25th Oct '16 2:59:26 PM margdean56
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* One specific to recent college grads who can't find work in their degree field is working in coffeeshops. At least, it's seen as this by more "marketable" graduates and by some of the coffeeshop workers themselves, at least. Ironically, despite the stereotype that "what the English major says to the business major is 'do you want fries with that'", coffeeshops are somewhat more likely to hire graduates than fast-food chains, who consider them overqualified.

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* One specific to recent college grads who can't find work in their degree field is working in coffeeshops. At least, it's seen as this by more "marketable" graduates and by some of the coffeeshop workers themselves, at least.themselves. Ironically, despite the stereotype that "what the English major says to the business major is 'do you want fries with that'", coffeeshops are somewhat more likely to hire graduates than fast-food chains, who consider them overqualified.
24th Sep '16 9:05:07 AM HistoryGeekInTown
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* In ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', which is set in 1934, Lady Lucy's family regards her journalistic occupation to be this. Lucy herself actually enjoys both the job itself and the independent income it allows her.
11th Aug '16 7:31:38 PM PaulA
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* Lampshaded by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold in ''Shards of Honor'': Aral Vorkosigan (Admiral, Hero of the Barraran Empire, Confidant of the Emperor, Butcher of Komarr, etc, etc) notes that he'd be unlikely to even get a job as a judo instructor on Beta Colony.

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* Lampshaded by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold in ''Shards of Honor'': In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Aral Vorkosigan (Admiral, Hero of the Barraran Empire, Confidant of the Emperor, Butcher of Komarr, etc, etc) notes that he'd be unlikely to even get a job as a judo instructor on Beta Colony.
8th Aug '16 11:28:39 AM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', Bernie is shocked to find out that Frank Elgin, once a highly successful big band singer, has been reduced to recording commercial jingles.
24th Jul '16 2:11:37 PM Psyclone
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** Similarly, Creator/GaryColeman worked as a security guard when his career fizzled out.

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** Similarly, Creator/GaryColeman Gary Coleman worked as a security guard when his career fizzled out.
24th Jul '16 2:11:08 PM Psyclone
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** Similarly, Creator/GaryColeman worked as a security guard when his career fizzled out.
4th Jul '16 11:04:48 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Creator/CharlesBronson's character was once a highly-paid BountyHunter, but now works chopping wood so he's willing to accept the measly pay the villagers are offering. "Right now, that's a fortune."
21st May '16 7:34:01 PM erforce
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* In ''The Devil You Know'' by Mike Carey, professional exorcist ''Literature/FelixCastor'' works as a magician at a child's birthday party. This may be a ShoutOut to the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films (above).

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* In ''The Devil You Know'' by Mike Carey, professional exorcist ''Literature/FelixCastor'' works as a magician at a child's birthday party. This may be a ShoutOut to the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films (above).''Franchise/GhostbustersII'' above.
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