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5th Nov '16 9:35:06 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''MickeyMouseWorks'' short "How To Be a Waiter", Goofy starts out as one but then quits to become an actor. Eventually, he gets a role in a film... as a waiter.

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* In the ''MickeyMouseWorks'' ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks'' short "How To Be a Waiter", Goofy starts out as one but then quits to become an actor. Eventually, he gets a role in a film... as a waiter.
25th Jul '16 3:39:14 PM eroock
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20th Jun '16 11:47:06 AM gewunomox
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* The bartender in "Piano Man" by BillyJoel:

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* The bartender in "Piano Man" by BillyJoel:Music/BillyJoel:
9th Feb '16 9:51:11 PM MsChibi
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* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' Kia Freeborn is doing odd jobs like waiting tables while he attempts to become a famous blues singer/guitarist.
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19th Jan '16 10:23:11 AM babyhenchy1
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** It can also apply to directors as George Miller was a doctor, Catherine Hardwicke was an architect, Mary Harron was a journalist, Errol Morris was a private investigator, Creator/JamesCameron was a truck driver, Robert Bresson was a film critic, and Lee Daniels ran a nursing company.

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** It can also apply to directors as George Miller Creator/GeorgeMiller was a doctor, Catherine Hardwicke was an architect, Mary Harron was a journalist, Errol Morris was a private investigator, Creator/JamesCameron was a truck driver, Robert Bresson was a film critic, and Lee Daniels ran a nursing company.
25th Nov '15 7:53:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[http://www.shakespearesden.com/t-shirt-actor-waiter.html This T-Shirt]]
25th Nov '15 7:18:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* This trope can be averted in real life too as a few famous actors either held lucrative professions either before discovering acting or while pursuing it. Brendan Gleeson, for instance, worked as a schoolteacher before becoming a professional actor, Creator/JeremyRenner found work as a makeup artist and home renovator, Rodney Dangerfield was a salesman, Danny Aiello was a bus driver, Kathryn Joosten was a nurse, HarrisonFord was a carpenter, Dennis Farina was a police officer, [[Series/BabylonFive Jerry Doyle]] was a stockbroker and pilot, [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses Buster Merryfield]] was a bank manager, [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Kurt Fuller]] was a real estate agent, Liam Cunningham was an electrician, GabrielByrne was an archaeologist and teacher, GrahamChapman had a medical degree, AlanRickman and Phil Hartman both ran graphic design businesses, [[{{Frasier}} John Mahoney]] was a teacher, Danny Glover had a career in politics before acting, JohnCho and JonHamm were both teachers (although Hamm did become a waiter for a few years after moving to Los Angeles), Ken Jeong was a doctor, and Creator/SteveBuscemi was a firefighter for four years.

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* This trope can be averted in real life too as a few famous actors either held lucrative professions either before discovering acting or while pursuing it. Brendan Gleeson, for instance, worked as a schoolteacher before becoming a professional actor, Creator/JeremyRenner found work as a makeup artist and home renovator, Rodney Dangerfield Creator/RodneyDangerfield was a salesman, Danny Aiello was a bus driver, Kathryn Joosten was a nurse, HarrisonFord Creator/HarrisonFord was a carpenter, Dennis Farina was a police officer, [[Series/BabylonFive Jerry Doyle]] Doyle was a stockbroker and pilot, [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses Buster Merryfield]] Merryfield was a bank manager, [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Kurt Fuller]] Fuller was a real estate agent, Liam Cunningham Creator/LiamCunningham was an electrician, GabrielByrne Creator/GabrielByrne was an archaeologist and teacher, GrahamChapman Creator/GrahamChapman had a medical degree, AlanRickman Creator/AlanRickman and Phil Hartman both ran graphic design businesses, [[{{Frasier}} John Mahoney]] Mahoney was a teacher, Danny Glover Creator/DannyGlover had a career in politics before acting, JohnCho Creator/JohnCho and JonHamm Creator/JonHamm were both teachers (although Hamm did become a waiter for a few years after moving to Los Angeles), Ken Jeong was a doctor, and Creator/SteveBuscemi was a firefighter for four years.



* Writers have a much easier time with this trope as writing is seen as an activity that can be pursued outside of work hours and doesn't require the ability to leave work that music and acting might. Many famous writers worked in lucrative professions before writing or while pursuing it: Creator/JohnGrisham was a lawyer, Creator/StephenKing, Frank [=McCourt=], Rick Riordan, Creator/EoinColfer, and Creator/JKRowling were teachers, Raymond Chandler was an executive at an oil company, Chuck Pahlaniuk and Creator/NeilGaiman were journalists (although Palahniuk gave it up ten years before he started writing fiction), Richard Adams worked in a bank, Creator/JRRTolkien was a linguistics professor at Oxford, Kenneth Grahame was secretary of the Bank of England, Gene Wolfe was an engineer, Ben Fountain was a lawyer, Charles Bukowski worked in a post office, WaltWhitman was a carpenter and teacher, Creator/FranzKafka was a lawyer, Creator/IanFleming was a spy, Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was a doctor, Creator/BramStoker was a successful theatre manager (when he died, none of his obituaries mentioned ''Dracula'' and he even got invited to meet Theodore Roosevelt), John Hodge was a doctor, Irvine Welsh was a successful real estate agent, [[RainMan Ron Bass]] was a lawyer for fifteen years, Thomas Harris was a journalist, John Le Carre worked for MI5, Lee Child worked in television, Michael Connelly was a reporter, Creator/MichaelCrichton was a doctor, Creator/StevenMoffat was a teacher, [[Series/{{House}} David Shore]] and [[Series/BostonLegal David]] [[Series/AllyMcBeal E.Kelley]] were lawyers, GeneRoddenberry was a police officer, Terry Brooks was a lawyer, and Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive. Many of these experiences have provided inspiration for their early works. If you're a writer, you're more likely to be hit with the not exactly inaccurate stereotype about writers who talk about writing but do very little.

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* Writers have a much easier time with this trope as writing is seen as an activity that can be pursued outside of work hours and doesn't require the ability to leave work that music and acting might. Many famous writers worked in lucrative professions before writing or while pursuing it: Creator/JohnGrisham was a lawyer, Creator/StephenKing, Frank [=McCourt=], Rick Riordan, Creator/EoinColfer, and Creator/JKRowling were teachers, Raymond Chandler was an executive at an oil company, Chuck Pahlaniuk and Creator/NeilGaiman were journalists (although Palahniuk gave it up ten years before he started writing fiction), Richard Adams worked in a bank, Creator/JRRTolkien was a linguistics professor at Oxford, Kenneth Grahame was secretary of the Bank of England, Gene Wolfe was an engineer, Ben Fountain was a lawyer, Charles Bukowski Creator/CharlesBukowski worked in a post office, WaltWhitman Creator/WaltWhitman was a carpenter and teacher, Creator/FranzKafka was a lawyer, Creator/IanFleming was a spy, Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was a doctor, Creator/BramStoker was a successful theatre manager (when he died, none of his obituaries mentioned ''Dracula'' and he even got invited to meet Theodore Roosevelt), John Hodge was a doctor, Irvine Welsh was a successful real estate agent, [[RainMan Ron Bass]] Bass was a lawyer for fifteen years, Thomas Harris was a journalist, John Le Carre Creator/JohnLeCarre worked for MI5, Lee Child worked in television, Michael Connelly was a reporter, Creator/MichaelCrichton was a doctor, Creator/StevenMoffat was a teacher, [[Series/{{House}} David Shore]] Shore and [[Series/BostonLegal David]] [[Series/AllyMcBeal David E.Kelley]] Kelley were lawyers, GeneRoddenberry Creator/GeneRoddenberry was a police officer, Terry Brooks was a lawyer, and Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive. Many of these experiences have provided inspiration for their early works. If you're a writer, you're more likely to be hit with the not exactly inaccurate stereotype about writers who talk about writing but do very little.
25th Nov '15 7:13:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Writers have a much easier time with this trope as writing is seen as an activity that can be pursued outside of work hours and doesn't require the ability to leave work that music and acting might. Many famous writers worked in lucrative professions before writing or while pursuing it: Creator/JohnGrisham was a lawyer, Creator/StephenKing, Frank [=McCourt=], Rick Riordan, Creator/EoinColfer, and Creator/JKRowling were teachers, Raymond Chandler was an executive at an oil company, Chuck Pahlaniuk and Creator/NeilGaiman were journalists (although Palahniuk gave it up ten years before he started writing fiction), Richard Adams worked in a bank, Creator/JRRTolkien was a linguistics professor at Oxford, Kenneth Grahame was secretary of the Bank of England, Gene Wolfe was an engineer, Ben Fountain was a lawyer, Charles Bukowski worked in a post office, WaltWhitman was a carpenter and teacher, Creator/FranzKafka was a lawyer, Creator/IanFleming was a spy, Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was a doctor, Creator/BramStoker was a successful theatre manager (when he died, none of his obituaries mentioned ''Dracula'' and he even got invited to meet Theodore Roosevelt), [[ShallowGrave John]] [[TrainsPotting Hodge]] was a doctor, Irvine Welsh was a successful real estate agent, [[RainMan Ron Bass]] was a lawyer for fifteen years, Thomas Harris was a journalist, John Le Carre worked for MI5, Lee Child worked in television, Michael Connelly was a reporter, Creator/MichaelCrichton was a doctor, Creator/StevenMoffat was a teacher, [[Series/{{House}} David Shore]] and [[Series/BostonLegal David]] [[Series/AllyMcBeal E.Kelley]] were lawyers, GeneRoddenberry was a police officer, Terry Brooks was a lawyer, and Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive. Many of these experiences have provided inspiration for their early works. If you're a writer, you're more likely to be hit with the not exactly inaccurate stereotype about writers who talk about writing but do very little.

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* Writers have a much easier time with this trope as writing is seen as an activity that can be pursued outside of work hours and doesn't require the ability to leave work that music and acting might. Many famous writers worked in lucrative professions before writing or while pursuing it: Creator/JohnGrisham was a lawyer, Creator/StephenKing, Frank [=McCourt=], Rick Riordan, Creator/EoinColfer, and Creator/JKRowling were teachers, Raymond Chandler was an executive at an oil company, Chuck Pahlaniuk and Creator/NeilGaiman were journalists (although Palahniuk gave it up ten years before he started writing fiction), Richard Adams worked in a bank, Creator/JRRTolkien was a linguistics professor at Oxford, Kenneth Grahame was secretary of the Bank of England, Gene Wolfe was an engineer, Ben Fountain was a lawyer, Charles Bukowski worked in a post office, WaltWhitman was a carpenter and teacher, Creator/FranzKafka was a lawyer, Creator/IanFleming was a spy, Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was a doctor, Creator/BramStoker was a successful theatre manager (when he died, none of his obituaries mentioned ''Dracula'' and he even got invited to meet Theodore Roosevelt), [[ShallowGrave John]] [[TrainsPotting Hodge]] John Hodge was a doctor, Irvine Welsh was a successful real estate agent, [[RainMan Ron Bass]] was a lawyer for fifteen years, Thomas Harris was a journalist, John Le Carre worked for MI5, Lee Child worked in television, Michael Connelly was a reporter, Creator/MichaelCrichton was a doctor, Creator/StevenMoffat was a teacher, [[Series/{{House}} David Shore]] and [[Series/BostonLegal David]] [[Series/AllyMcBeal E.Kelley]] were lawyers, GeneRoddenberry was a police officer, Terry Brooks was a lawyer, and Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive. Many of these experiences have provided inspiration for their early works. If you're a writer, you're more likely to be hit with the not exactly inaccurate stereotype about writers who talk about writing but do very little.
23rd Nov '15 12:55:39 PM Morgenthaler
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That last one is especially common, and though this trope covers all iterations of artists working in what are traditionally low paying and often considered less 'fulfilling' jobs, the waiting profession is what has influenced the trope name. It isn't uncommon to see a waiter or waitress in fiction who is waiting for the day they get spotted by an agent, or for when a movie studio picks up their script, or they net that record deal. In fact, if anybody connected to these trades decides to go out for a meal at the restaurant a character who falls into this trope works in expect them to attempt to woo their customer with their performance of ''{{Hamlet}}'', try to serve them their screenplay as a course, or break into song at random.

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That last one is especially common, and though this trope covers all iterations of artists working in what are traditionally low paying and often considered less 'fulfilling' jobs, the waiting profession is what has influenced the trope name. It isn't uncommon to see a waiter or waitress in fiction who is waiting for the day they get spotted by an agent, or for when a movie studio picks up their script, or they net that record deal. In fact, if anybody connected to these trades decides to go out for a meal at the restaurant a character who falls into this trope works in expect them to attempt to woo their customer with their performance of ''{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', try to serve them their screenplay as a course, or break into song at random.



* ''LAStory'': "Ask for me, I'm Shan your waiter, and I also act."

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* ''LAStory'': ''Film/LAStory'': "Ask for me, I'm Shan your waiter, and I also act."
7th Nov '15 12:00:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* Everyone on ''PartyDown'' is only working in catering until they get their big break. Or so they hope. Henry is the only one who's given up his chance of stardom.

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* Everyone on ''PartyDown'' ''Series/PartyDown'' is only working in catering until they get their big break. Or so they hope. Henry is the only one who's given up his chance of stardom.



* David Mamet's ''{{Edmond}}'' has a monologue to an actress who is "really" a waitress.

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* David Mamet's ''{{Edmond}}'' ''Theatre/{{Edmond}}'' has a monologue to an actress who is "really" a waitress.



* In ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', the Woodsman turns out to be an out-of-work actor trying to get his next big break. In the meantime, his day job is selling schnitzel out of a truck.

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* In ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'', the Woodsman turns out to be an out-of-work actor trying to get his next big break. In the meantime, his day job is selling schnitzel out of a truck.
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