Ellen DeGeneres, the American comedian and television host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has had several jobs before becoming the popular TV show host she is today. Among her past jobs, she had once worked as a bartender, an oyster shucker, a paralegal, a door-to-door vacuum cleaner saleswoman, and a waitress at T.G.I. Friday’s. Her work as a comedian began at the age of 23, at a local coffeehouse. Her “big break” came in 1986 at an improve show in Hollywood, when a booking agent caught her performance.
Ellen as a TV Show Host
Forbes says that Ellen DeGeneres’ salary amounts to as much as $63 million – which means that her monthly earnings equate to $5 million. About Entertainment says that DeGeneres is the richest among daytime TV talk-show hosts. Given her experience working several jobs, she knows the value of hard work and dedication, which is why she’s among the best in the hosting industry.
Working as a Paralegal
If you had a shot at a showbiz career like Ellen’s, you’d probably take it as well and leave any type of work behind. But among her past jobs, what stands out as a fairly popular occupation today is her stint as a paralegal. Recorded statistics show that there are about 280,000 paralegals at present. These numbers are only going to increase in the next six years at a 17 percent growth rate. On the average, paralegals earn $23 an hour, good enough for nearly $50,000 a year.
The thing is, gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for a paralegal career isn’t so difficult because there are online paralegal courses available to anyone seeking their place in a rising industry. Apart from Ellen DeGeneres, there are other famous personalities who once worked as a paralegal. The list includes Abraham Lincoln, Erin Brokovich, Merrell Williams, Jr., Karen R. George, and Vicki Voisin.
Working as a paralegal involves a number of lawyer-related tasks, such as filing, legal research, and drafting legal documents.