Top 50 Real Job Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Real Job Quotes from famous people such as Mary Pilon, Mary Lambert, Sam Walton, Peter Jackson, Vivian Campbell, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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No one in my family was a journalist, and it didn’t seem like a real job. Part of me still doesn’t think it is.
Mary Pilon
Yes, I would loved to have just sustained myself through my art, but less than one in a billion musicians gets that life. So rather than being like, ‘I’m an exception!’, like a moron, I thought I’d get a real job.
Mary Lambert
I got into retailing because I wanted a real job.
Sam Walton
I haven’t got a real job.
Peter Jackson
I never had a real job either. I sort of fell out of school and ended up playing guitar.
Vivian Campbell
I love the fact that I don’t have a real job!
Mike Posner
I started taking acting classes when I was 14. That’s when I knew I wanted to try it professionally. Before that, I watched movies, always, but I didn’t think it was a real job. I watched Turner Classic Movies with my parents. I’ve always loved the old classics.
Julia Garner
I’m lucky to not have a real job, to be able to express myself, be creative and be relevant.
Gwen Stefani
Part of the job of a children’s author is to write books that will be remembered, definitely, but if I might go out on a limb, I will say that the other part, the more important part, is to build books that will help children fall in love with reading. That, to me, is the real job.
Rebecca Serle
I went to college a little bit, and that didn’t work out, and I didn’t finish. So, I would play in bars until I ran out of money, and then I’d get a real job.
Chris Stapleton
I kept thinking, I went to college and I have to get a real job.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
College didn’t stick, so I worked odd jobs, but I’ve always written songs and played music. I actually met a guy who was a songwriter, which I didn’t realize was a real job.
Chris Stapleton
One thing we see a lot is this – the idea kids have now that they don’t have to go to college. They don’t have to get a real job. They feel they can become ‘Internet famous’ by taking selfies. They think they can become a star through social media. We see that a lot. You can succeed. But it takes time and persistence.
Max Joseph
I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer and to – as my father puts it – finally have a real job.
Lady Gaga
I think I’m probably the only person that, when the parents lent me money to make the movie, they wished I had not paid them back. They could have said ‘No,’ and it would have ended, and I would have gotten a real job.
John Waters
Shooting a movie should be fun! It’s not a real job. It can be hard, but at the end of the day, we’re dressing up and playing pretend.
Taika Waititi
My parents paid me small amounts for cleaning my room or cleaning the dishes and stuff, but I never really had a real job before I started on my professional tennis career.
Caroline Wozniacki
I guess there’s a sort of cycle with writing books. There’s all the researching and then the imagining and writing – which is the real job – and then there’s always a period when the book comes out and you have to lift your head and venture out.
Monica Ali
I believe in teaching as a real job. I don’t think it’s a substitute for anything else. It’s been shown to me that teachers can help, and the writing today is just as good as it was when I started out. Technology hasn’t changed that.
Ron Carlson
A real job is a job you hate.
Bill Watterson
Spending on largely ineffective programs – although well intentioned – is a detriment to fostering real job growth.
Phil Gingrey
Growing up, I stayed in a child’s place. My father was murdered when I was 20. I was a model and never had a real job and my parents took care of me.
LisaRaye McCoy-Misick
I remember I had a low point when I was working on a soap opera, ‘General Hospital,’ five years ago. It was my first real job, and it was so overwhelming. You would work five days a week and have to learn sometimes up to 30 pages of new dialogue a night, then have one take to shoot it all, the next day.
Lindsey Morgan
‘The Voice’ was the first real job I’ve ever had that wasn’t just messing around with music.
Adam Levine
The first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional relationship to society – more briefly, to find your real job, and do it.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
When you’re making a pilot, what you’re mostly thinking is, ‘Please let this be a real job, please.’
Hamish Linklater
Zombie books were going to be my passion projects, but certainly not pay the bills. I thought I was going to have to get a real job on a sitcom or something, and have my zombie books to remind myself I was still a writer at heart. I never thought I could actually pay my bills and write what I wanted.
Max Brooks
I always say three things make a writer: inspiration, obviously; perspiration, doing the work. But the third is desperation. I’m not really fit for anything else, or to have a real job. That fear drives me. The pressure has always been self inflicted.
Harlan Coben
I got a little tattoo on my face. I’ll never be able to work another real job, so I consider that to be kinda forcing myself to stick to music.
Benji Madden
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.
Kat Timpf
I’ve made a couple of comments about fame, and my kids are going to be put in – in, you know, working at Taco Bell when they’re 16 so they know what a real job is like, and – and know what it’s like to – to really earn money.
Kevin Federline
I had to quit a 'real job' to start my first company.

I had to quit a ‘real job’ to start my first company.
David Cohen
I never thought about ‘being’ in comedy when I grew up, because I didn’t know it was a real job. But looking back, it’s the only thing I ever really cared about.
Colin Jost
This is what I would have done if I had to have a real job: I would have been a history teacher.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
I started out with comedy in college, but had my major in Recreation Administration – which meant I wasn’t going to get a real job – so I started doing a little standup.
Carlos Alazraqui
I really hope post-Covid no one asks me when I’m going to get a real job again.
Carrie Hope Fletcher
The last real job I had I was 16-years-old slinging fried chicken in my hometown of Naperville, Ill.
James Holzhauer
My first real job lasted for three years. It ended the day I was unceremoniously fired.
Marc Randolph
My family lived in Thousand Oaks. In 2002, when I was 17, I begged my parents to let me move out. I had money, a real job, and wanted to get my own place.
Kaley Cuoco
People admire a screen actor if they have theatre skills, but it’s looked down upon by the industry as being not a ‘real job,’ in the way it isn’t in New York or the U.K.
Robert Picardo
‘No Scrubs’ is a mean song for a lot of reasons. If you’re 18, 19-year-old guy, or even 17, your friend just got a license. You don’t have a real job yet. It’s like that song asks you to be an adult way faster than you should.
Lil Rel Howery
It started back in 2002, when there was hardly any reality television. ‘Survivor’ had just started. My hope and dream was that ‘The Bachelor’ would last one or two nights on network TV, so I might meet somebody in the network and then I could get a real job.
Chris Harrison
Growing up, I was encouraged to get a good education, get a real job doing something I enjoyed, and, should the opportunity present itself, consider public service as just that: a chance to serve, not an end in itself.
John Sununu
I really don’t understand the idea of a celebrity stylist. Is it a real job? I know there’s unemployment, but frankly the railways need to be fixed, too.
Daphne Guinness
At some point, I’ll have to go get a real job.
Simone Biles
My last real job was selling air time for CBS affiliates. I quit that when I was 28, and that was the last real job I had. I beat the system. I’ve been able to do this full-time for almost 15 years.
James Denton
I don’t know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don’t know that she’s ever had a real job – I mean, since she’s been grown up.
Teresa Heinz
I’m still awaiting the idea of drawing comics for a living being a reality. I feel like I’ve been dodging work for 20 years, and at some point, I’ll have to get a real job.
Adam Hughes
Over the years, I have been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness – I quit my last real job in 2000 to work on writing full-time.
Jennifer McMahon
We all had jobs that were just fronts. I felt like I was in the mob. I had a job, but that wasn’t my real job. My real job was to be an actor. I always knew that and never forgot that.
Jessica St. Clair