A collection of the #FirstSevenJobs of some Seattleites, including an award-winning chef, a web entrepreneur and a “Jeopardy” champ.
Thousands of people have been sharing their #FirstSevenJobs on Twitter, leading to all kinds of insights and inspirations. Buzz Aldrin, for example, was a dishwasher and camp counselor before landing on the moon. And Stephen Colbert went through a series of odd-jobs, including cafeteria server, library data entry and futon-frame maker before landing the full-time gigs on TV that have made him famous.
Here’s a collection of the #FirstSevenJobs of some Seattle natives and locals.
Ben Huh, founder and former CEO of Cheezburger
Ian Eisenberg, owner of Uncle Ike’s
- Dish washer at a retirement home
- Bus boy/server
- Walking sign around downtown Seattle for Pier 70
- Parking lot attendant
- Kingdome warehouse manager
- Fascinations Trading Company (importation of Chinese novelty toys)
- Psychic/chat line company owner
- Founder Blue Frog Mobile (ringtones/wallpapers/games)
- Founder Zevia, all natural stevia zero-calorie soda
- Drug dealer Uncle Ike’s
Aaron Levie, CEO at Box, and Mercer Island High School grad
- Sandwich maker
- Brunch cook
Ken Jennings, Seattle resident and Jeopardy champion
Ellen Forney, local artist responsible for the “big hands” at the Capitol Hill Link station
- Ice cream counter server
- Mail room sorter
- Chapati sandwich maker/deliverer
- Mental health specialist
- Arguably “cartoonist”? Sold my first comic — hardly a “job” — except it was the beginning of my career so, whatever.
- ESL teacher in Taiwan
Lisa Gilley, landscape painter from Marrowstone Island, Wash.
- Commercial fisherman
- Back country horse guide
- Ski lift operator
- TV production assistant
- Graphic designer/art director
- Horse massage therapist
What were your first seven jobs? Share in the comments below or tweet to us @seattletimes.