First Job Quotes

First Job Quotes by Doug McMillon, Liz Goldwyn, Janice Dickinson, Sarah Millican, Kat Timpf, Chamath Palihapitiya and many others.

My first job with Walmart was unloading trucks in a warehouse. Then I worked as an assistant manager in a store, and I was lucky enough to get into our buyer-training program. I loved merchandising and had a career path that led me through Sam’s Club and Walmart International.
I had a very feminist mother who exposed me not only to Planned Parenthood – my first job – but also to Betty Friedan and Colette and Naomi Wolf.
My first job was for a blue jean company as a sitting model. I posed for 15 minutes and made $50. It was 1976.
I once kissed a boy at my first job because he offered to record the Oscars for me.
My first job ever real job in the field was as an airborne traffic reporter and producer in Los Angeles, but I was laid off pretty quickly – which was totally fair, because I’m terrible with directions, and that’s kind of the whole job.
My first job was at a Burger King.
My first job in construction paid my way through art school. I was building to pay my bills.
So I went and got my first job at 28, trying to think what I am going to do, I’ve never worked for anybody, so I decided to go and write and send my CV off to everyone.
This sounds fake, but my first job lead when I moved to New York City, someone emailed me and asked, ‘Would you want to be one of Lorne Michaels’ assistants?’
My first job was when I was about 12, cleaning houses in the afternoons for different elderly women in town. I hated it.
Media really excited me. As an undergrad, I majored in radio, television, and film and did internships with CNBC and CNN. My first job was at Sky News in London.
When I was working in my first job engineering construction, what I liked the most was working with architects and making buildings that had this creative side coming from the architect and that were making them a big success.
My first job paid well for a young attorney. I was making over $50,000, which was more than either of my parents had ever made. I thought I was rich.
My first job was with ‘Dawson’s Creekwhere everybody looked good and they spoke better than you. It was kind of a wish fulfillment, fantasy-type show.
My first job ever was on ‘Peak Practice.’ I just had to walk up the stairs. They kept the take where I slipped slightly, which was annoying.
My first job at General Motors was as a quality inspector on the assembly line. I was checking fits between hoods and fenders. I had a little scale and clipboard. At one point, I was probably examining 60 jobs an hour during an eight-hour shift. A job like that teaches you to value all the people who do a job like that.
I started auditioning, and the first job I ever got was understudying Amy Ryan in ‘The Sisters Rosensweig’ on Broadway, directed by Daniel Sullivan. I was 18 years old.
The only time a friend has ever helped me in the industry was how I got my first job – that was through Mike Figgis.
My first job is big sister and I take that very seriously.
My first job was when I was eight. I did this opera, which was a Robert Wilson/Philip Glass opera, called ‘White Raven.’ That was a very confusing and trippy creation tale, and I was a kid who brought up the sun and rotated the earth. It was very empowering.
I learned to take the first job that you have in the business that you want to get into. It doesn’t matter what that job is, you get your foot in the door.
Looking back at my first job, even when I was asked to do something seemingly menial, unglamorous, or very difficult, I always went all-in. In my most trying moments with managers I liked the least, I did not give up, complain, or slack off.
I never interned. The first job I ever had was a very low-paying job, and the guy running the radio station was so poor, he couldn’t pay us sometimes – so it’s almost like an internship, right?
It was just a series of accidents that I became an actor. My first job was when a friend called and said he was putting together a song and dance group for the ‘Gale Storm Show.’ The role also involved a few lines. Then a man’s wife, who had seen me in that, recommended me for a job she was doing.
My first job was on the end of a pier in the Isle of Wight doing show business.
I was making almost minimum wage on ‘The Young and the Restless.’ But it was my first job, so I accepted my first quote. I had a great time on it, and it obviously led me to better things.
My first job was a commercial for a Swiss insurance company. It was an eight-minute short with a proper story arc, and it ended up getting a spot at Cannes Lions; I was lucky to avoid the commercials where you’re their puppet.
‘The Office’ was such a great first job.
Here’s what my CV usually does not say: I was trained as a teacher. My first job lasted less than 60 days. I was an assistant professor at a good college at Delhi University, but I found it very political, very suffocating. At the age of 23, you’re not very tolerant of those things.
My first job was being a page at ‘The Tonight Show.’ I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk and talk about what he’d done the night before. I thought, ‘I can do that!’ I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.
I was studying theater management, business stuff. About that time, I realized I really didn’t like that, and it threw me into a panic attack a little bit. I was under the assumption that the first job you get out of college is the job you have for the rest of your life.
I’m in the very fortunate position as a young actor to not have to take the first job that comes along. I’m not motivated by money at this stage in my life, I’m motivated by work.
My first job had me miscast as a bubbly shopgirl; I was pathologically shy and, thus, tended to replace human speech with excessive head gestures. It was like being waited on by Harpo Marx.
I don’t have any great first job tales: I’ve never worked on a tramp steamer or in a coal mine or anything like that. I think the inspiration for my writing came largely from my father and the joy that life in books represented to me.
I am the granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner who was determined that his kids get out of the mines. My dad got his first job when he was six years old, in a little village in Wales called Nantyffyllon, cleaning bottles at the Colliers Arms.
Where my dad taught me everything about writing, Graham Paterson, who gave me my first job at The Times, taught me everything about journalism, which is that it’s no big deal, and it’s more important to have a glass of wine.
My first job in Hollywood was as a PA in the writers room of ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ and from that early experience on, I’ve always had an intense appreciation for the energy, creativity and process of making television.
I live by a man’s code, designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman‘s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.
My first job was as a day laborer on the construction of the Long Island Expressway more than 50 years ago.
I was actually sacked from my first job. It was at a workshop for a short film this poet had written, about when she used to work in a strip club. After the first week, I was told not to come back.
When I was 15 and starting my first job as a messenger boy at the post office, delivering telegrams.
My first job, actually, was a Chicago Bulls commercial. I was a ninja. I walked with a limp for a week afterward and got paid 500 dollars 6 months later. Thanks, guys.
The first job I ever had was at a pool-liner-manufacturing plant. Minimum wage was $4.25, and that’s what I was making. It was this huge, hot, un-air-conditioned factory staffed with all women and me. This is in Georgia, during the summertime, so it was pretty ridiculous.
People have lots of misconceptions about me. My mum, who is half French and half Spanish, gets outraged when I’m called quintessentially English. I owe my looks to my mum-which was 90 percent of getting my first job. And, some people would argue, 90 percent of my entire career.
Yes, the first job I had at the studio was Snow White. I don’t like the term particularly, but I got stuck with the human characters. They just didn’t have that many people who could draw humans.
I didn’t speak English when I had my first job in motorsports.
At my first job as an independent researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, they told me I could work on most anything, but not what I knew something about. That is actually very good advice to a young person starting a career because you bring new ideas to the field.
From my early days in modelling to every new commitment, is like a first job for me every time.
My first job was working for my dad. He was a used-car dealer, and I used to wash the cars down, clean them out, and so on. I would do stuff for him pretty much every day. It was quite a good job, to be honest.
I lived what we callstealth‘ for a number of years. Even when I started acting in the industry, I didn’t disclose. I didn’t come out. My first job on ‘Law & Order‘ was not a trans role.
I made a sort-of living in the beginning of my acting career as a reporter. I think my very first job was ‘Early Edition‘ as reporter no. 1, and for ‘Light It Up,’ I was reporter no. 2.
I have my sympathies and also my critical views, and they aren’t much of a secret, but my first job is to see and hear and think about what I’ve seen and heard.
‘Clybourne Park’ was my first job after the birth of my son, who was 11 weeks old when we started rehearsals. And while that was truly harder than anything I’ve ever done, I was grateful every day to be going to work on such an incredible play, with such a generous, intelligent, supportive group of people.
My first job was at Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, my second job was at a pharmaceutical company in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. My third job was at Palmolive. And I realized, three jobs in three years, maybe it wasn’t the job. It had to be me.
I grew up in Del Mar, Calif., north of San Diego. I got my first job the summer after eighth grade at a small Internet service provider.
The first job I booked was on ‘True Blood.’ I played a blood siren.
Working in local news makes you very self-sufficient, which is a good thing because you know how all the different jobs work. I’ve worked many of those jobs in the newsroom, from my first job answering the phones and working the prompter, to producing, to being a reporter who does all of those things.
I used to work at Sirius. And when I got my job at Sirius, I was only 21. It was my first job out of college. And when I think back to what 21 was, though, you’re an idiot.
My first job on the screen was ‘Sea Patrol,’ and that was quite intense, but I guess my first big break was ‘SLiDE.’
The first job I ever had was right here in San Francisco with Southern Pacific.
The first job of a storyteller is to make the reader feel the story, to get the reader to live in the skin of the character.
Werner Herzog, when I auditioned for ‘Bad Lieutenant,’ he had never seen any of my films. He thought I was this actress living in New Orleans and it was my first job.
I got my first job the old-fashioned way: I took an elevator to the top floor of many buildings and walked down floor by floor on the stairs going into every firm and asking the receptionist if she knew of any jobs available.
My first job in advertising was actually in the mailroom of Grey Advertising in Sydney.
One of the first pieces of advice I was ever given, on my first job was, ‘You should always buy something to treat yourself to say, ‘Well done for getting the job!’
I moved right to L.A., and I had a year of active unemployment. I had 50-something auditions for 50-something different projects, testing and doing callbacks, and could not get hired. And then, almost a year to the day of being out in L.A., I booked my first job, and then I started booking something every other month.
Yeah, I started with ‘The Onion,’ that was my first job out of college.
My first job in L.A. was actually playing an employee in a Best Buy commercial, but I played a bad employee at another store. I also worked at a commercial casting company running cameras and session directing.
I got the first job and kept going. Once I got a job, I very much wanted to keep getting jobs, basically. I did try to learn what I could in those first couple of decades.
My first job out of law school was representing people on death row in North Carolina, where I often saw the impact of hasty prosecutions.
My first job was working in a dress shop in Los Angeles in 1940, for $7 a week.
My first job in NYC was playing a gig in the early nineties at CBGBs.
I was one of the lucky people who found what I loved at a really young age. When I was 16, I got my first job in a Portuguese soap opera, and I realized how much I really loved it.
My first job ever was at Baskin-Robbins when I was 14, which is probably the closest I’ll ever come to having a corporate job like the one I play on TValthough I do work for Universal, so I suppose that’s corporate.
I was scouted working at the register at McDonald‘s in Melbourne, Australia. I worked there as my first job, and a guy walked in and gave me his card. I was 16. I was skeptical, but I looked it up when I got home, and it was legitimate.
My first job was washing dishes in the basement of a nursing home for $2.10 an hour, and I learned as much about the value of hard work there as I ever did later.
My first job is to defend, but I know I have the quality to score.
I got my Equity card playing Helena in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ and I think that’s the first job I got that was an offer.
I went to School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and we had a bunch of singing classes. My first job in New York was an Off-Broadway musical.
My first job at the bakery was jamming doughnuts.
I remember my first job, when I was working in a retail store down there, growing up in Laurel, Mississippi. I was making, like, $2.15 an hour. And I was taught how to responsibly handle those customer interactions.
My first job was in a movie theater. I worked at Cinema 6 in New City, New York. I was an usher. I sold popcorn.
My first job was as an assistant in the local library. Self-fulfilling prophecy?
The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field researcher among African American communities in Southwest Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.
My first job was a Greek tragedy, and ever since, one job just seemed to roll onto the next. I’ve been terribly lucky.
My first job was at a Chicago night club called Mr. Kelly‘s.
My first job was cleaning dog kennels. It was especially, ah, aromatic during those hot, humid Louisiana summers, but it prepared me for Hollywood.
My first job was a McDonald’s commercial. It made me want to wake up at 4 A.M. to do something I loved. I haven‘t been the same since.
Our first job is to go out there and fight – not to do backflips or have a mustache.
My first job in TV was hosting this young teen magazine show, and all these high school teenagers showed up from all over Sacramento, California, and they chose four of us to host the show, two boys and two girls. And of the two girls, I was kind of the perky smart one and the other girl was the pretty one.
My first job was as a groundskeeper at the local ballpark in the town where I grew up. There was a lot of down time, and I got to drive tractor, so it was pretty good gig. I’ve also taught creative writing, dabbled in reviewing and journalism, and toiled as a screenwriter.
My first job now is as a mother, everything else is secondary. My kids understand that I am an actress, and they are always so surprised to hear my voice on a cartoon character, or see my face on a video box. If it ever gets to be too much though, the career and the kids, I will simply set the career aside.
My first job in the States was as a junior fashion editor at ‘Harper‘s Bazaar,’ which I enjoyed, but not for all that long because I was fired by the editor in chief, who told me that I was too ‘European.’
See, that’s the thing: I’m not one of those actors who thinks, ‘God, I’ve got to improvise and make it my own.’ No, my first job as an actor is to take what’s written and make it work. And then, if they want me to improvise, I’ll do that.
My first job is to write the characters as full and authentic people as well as I can.
In the nicest possible way, my first job was at Sainsbury’s – my mum worked there, and I was a bag packer.
I started at the top. My first job was the cover of ‘Italian Vogue,’ which is the equivalent essentially of winning an Academy Award. So, there was nowhere else to go from there.
The first job I ever had was singing in a jazz club when I was like 15 with my friend, and we earned like 70 bucks. We were like, ‘Oh my God!’
My first job was with an auto plant, Kansas City – they treated you like slaves. From there I went back to Chicago, worked in steel mills, drove a cab, stuff like that.
My first job out of school was the ‘Adventure Time’ pilot. I was lucky enough to have my first lead on a job at a company called Frederator. They were accepting pitches for a shorts program.
My first job out of school was to do basic research at Johns Hopkins University’s applied physics lab.
When I dropped out of school at 19 to start my first job in Hollywood, I didn’t know anything, and I had no idea where I’d end up. Thankfully, I was attached to some smart and forgiving people who let me learn under them.
My very first job was a cashier at Burger King in Tucson, Arizona. And I occasionally worked the drive-thru. I’d go wherever I was needed! My second job was at Dairy Queen. I stayed in the fast food royalty.
When I came to America I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome to get into one movie?’ And then I get cast in ‘Bridesmaids‘ as my first job here and it’s such a huge movie.
My first college internship was at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles. My second internship was at McKinsey & Company as a consultant – that turned into my first job after graduation.
My mother was an administrator at a nursing home, and my first job was working at a nursing home as an activities assistant. She wanted me to do it because it forces you out of your shell, and it’s about giving back. That’s something that I learned from my mother at a very young age.
‘The Naked Civil Servant‘ by Quentin Crisp. I was so intrigued by the man, I hunted him down when I moved to New York. My first interview was with him. I filmed our conversation and it got me my first job in television.
You have to have a first job to learn how to act, do interviews, pose for photo shoots, and negotiate how you’ll say lines with writers. My first network show, ‘Cavemen,’ just happened to be one that was culturally reviled.
When I got out of undergrad, I had a degree in theater and telecommunications. My first job, I was a news reporter for the local stories for NPR. Then I was a country-western DJ. I did data entry for a yearbook company. In my mid-20s I went back to grad school at NYU, and I specialized in playwriting.
Apart from finding a first job, college graduates seem to adapt more easily than those with only a high school degree as the economy evolves and labor-market needs change.
My first job on 2001 was to make all of the HAL readouts: the 16 screens that surround HAL’s eyes.
My very first job was working on a TV show that was a prestigious TV show and well done – was called ‘Family.’
The most classic French dessert around the holidays is the Christmas log, with butter cream. Two flavors. Chocolate and coconut. My first job in the kitchen when I was a boy was to make these Christmas logs.
My first job was, like, McDonald’s.
The first job I was offered was as an editorial assistant. I think it was the best thing for me, in terms of being a storyteller by nature, to have spent years being an editor because I learned so much from it.
My first job with a network was ‘General Hospital,’ and that was ABC. I feel like I have so much history with them, that they treat their shows well and they have good, discerning taste.
As a little boy, my first job was delivering newspapers, and then I had a variety of different jobs. I worked in a butcher shop. I worked in a supermarket. I worked in construction. I dug ditches on the Long Island Expressway in 1954, 1955, 1956.
My first job was on Broadway. Then I went into the Navy. When I came out of the Navy, I went back to Broadway and a friend of mine, Lauren Bacall, was in Hollywood filming with Humphrey Bogart. She told one of her producers I was great in my play, and he saw it and cast me in ‘The Strange Love of Martha Ivers’.
First job I went out on in new York I got, and when I came back, the first job I went out on, I got.
I don’t do a lot of strategizing, career-wise. I was approached by Chris and Phil, the guys who did ‘The Lego Movie.’ They gave me my first job on ‘Clone High.’ We’ve been friends forever, and they asked me if I wanted to write something with them.
Most urgent is the good First Job Program, that Lula plans to implement, which hasn’t got off the ground.
I never had a job. My first job was quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.
My biggest break wasn’t ‘Rent;’ it was the first job that ever paid me. I couldn’t believe that they were paying me all that money to go around the country and do Shakespeare. I would have done it for free.
I did this one scene in an episode of ‘General Hospital‘, and that was my first job down in L.A. It was, like, my second audition, and I was like, ‘Woo! This is easy! This is fun!’ That was a really cool moment for me.
My first job after drama school was with Stanley Kubrick. It was only a few lines in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘, but I was working with a master of cinema.
I didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so my mom didn’t have random money to buy me a car, and I didn’t have money to have a car unless I worked, so I didn’t get a car until I got my first job at 18.
My first job at Gleason’s Bar in Cleveland was $800 a week, when I was making $92 a week with overtime at the automobile plant.
Veronica Mars‘ was my first job, and for some reason, my character changed her hairstyle halfway through the season from curly to – I don’t even know whysuddenly straight.
I couldn’t believe my first job at the BBC was going to be a primetime show. I was baffled at first: ‘Are you sure you’ve got the right Emma?!’
My first job was scooping ice cream at Friendly‘s in Albany, New York. I hated the work, most of my colleagues, and the uniform, and I more or less lost my taste for ice cream permanently.
I got my first job when I moved to Los Angeles. I worked at a coffee shop for five years and it was one of the best experiences I ever had. It was a bunch of actors covering shifts for each other and becoming great friends.
My first job was cleaning sheep pens.
I was born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas. I was 15 when I got my first job serving food to the residents in a retirement home – 22 years later I would shoot my first film in one.
I was fired from my first job in New York. I was just out of school, doing the Welsh play, ‘The Corn Is Green,’ at Equity Library Theater. I was studying with Uta Hagen, and I was really working well, but they got nervous. They wanted results right away. We had a run-through, and I wasn’t there yet, so they fired me.
Barbara Barrie
The first job I got was this TV job in this show called ‘The Unusuals.’ Then I did a play called ‘Slipping,’ and at the same time I was rehearsing another play at Playwrights Horizons, and that kind of snowballed into a bunch of plays.
Teaching was my first job after leaving university. It was a challenge, but I enjoyed it. Some of the kids were disruptive, but I could deal with it because I was only 24 at the time, and my own school memories were still fresh.
I just feel like they’re a network I have a good vibe with, and I’m very grateful. My first job with a network was ‘General Hospital,’ and that was ABC. I feel like I have so much history with them, that they treat their shows well, and they have good, discerning taste.
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I had a really bad run. I would sleep in my car during the day outside the Disney building in Burbank, and that’s where I got my first job, which is really weird. I liked to stay around the studios and kind of get the good vibes going.
My first job was as a sandwich artist at Subway.
My first job ever, I was 14 years old – I was working at this mom-and-pop video store, and they basically paid me by allowing me to take home as many movies as I wanted, and that’s how I started watching all the classics and really getting into it.
I was a complete vagabond till the age of 20, when I got my first job as an assistant director with Pankaj Parashar.
Selling tickets at the Bing Theater at LACMA was my first job in L.A.
It’s not an understatement to say that I owe everything as an actor to ‘Merlin.’ It was pretty much my first job, and I didn’t know what I was doing for many years on it. It wasn’t until the third and fourth series – the fourth series especially – that I really found my feet with the character, and as an actress.
My first job as premier will be to go back to basics.
My first job was cutting grass. In Miami, this grass grows everywhere. You just get the lawn mower out, walk down the neighborhood, cut grass.
I obtained my first job with the Eagles through a series of internships that began during my junior year of college. From there, after obtaining the job, it was a combination of hard work and perseverance and showing them the type of person that I was that helped me climb the coaching ladder.
You become world famous, and you sit with kings and queens, and then your first job is just a job. You can’t go back to living the way you did before because you’ve been taken out of one setting and shown the other. That becomes a struggle and makes you struggle.
Great as my dad was – I would never have gotten my first job announcing if I didn’t have the last name Buck – it’s my mom, Carole, who has made the biggest difference. She was on Broadway back in the 1960s. She understands entertainment, has incredible instincts.
It was well after college that I learned about depression. I got my first job for Jack Paar. I realized I was sleeping 14 hours a day and just living for the Paar show.
I got my first job by exceeding expectations.