Stephen Colbert, Buzz Aldrin and other successful people reveal their first 7 jobs

CEOs, celebs share their first jobs

It may seem like celebrities and titans of industry operate on a different plane than most of us — but we've all got to start somewhere.

Even some of the most successful people out there began their professional lives washing dishes and mowing lawns.

A recent Twitter hashtag, "#firstsevenjobs," has inspired several entrepreneurs, leaders and performers to proudly reveal how they made their first few bucks, and it wasn't always glamorous.

Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo astronaut who was one of the first men to walk on the moon, started out as a dishwasher.

Journalist and humorist Mo Rocca worked as a movie usher way back when.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton", used to run the slushie machine at his aunt's store.

Aaron Levie, the co-founder and CEO of cloud storage company Box, was once a birthday party magician.

Ben Huh, who launched the humor site Cheezburger Network, started as a house painter's assistant.

Debra Sterling, who founded popular toy company Goldieblox, got her start as a barista.

Paul Graham, the legendary computer engineer and co-founder of Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator, started out mowing lawns.

Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS, was a bus boy and futon frame maker earlier in his life.

And pianist and singer-songwriter Regina Spektor used to work on a butterfly farm.

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