Top 10 Local Stars Who Had Surprising Jobs Before They Became Famous

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4. Desmond Tan

What he learned: Endurance (and fashion sense)

Where he learned it: Working in retail

Being up and about at all hours of the day is part and parcel of success – just ask Desmond Tan, who worked as a retail assistant before entering the entertainment industry.

“For a few weeks, I worked at The Gap greeting people from the morning all the way to the evening,” Desmond reminisced. “This taught me hard work for the service line.”

“Now when I go shopping, I won’t mess up everything because it’s a lot of work to fold things again,” he said. “I pay attention and smile at people who greet me at the store, because I know it’s not easy to stand for hours. I was working and would OT all the time greeting people…but I enjoyed it because I like to interact with people and give them advice on what to buy. I would also upsell – if people wanted to buy a T-shirt, I would get them to buy a pair of jeans too! The long hours in the retail line helped me tolerate the long hours in this career as well.”

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Plus, helping customers choose outfits also helped him hone his fashion sense (essential in his career as an artiste, and as a regular on our best-dressed column).

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

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