Johnny Depp recalls his bad jobs, the 1980‘s teen idol from the television series Jump Street reveals when he was a tele marketer he didn’t really prefer doing it as he only made one sale and he also talked the customer out of making the purchase. Moving onto to bigger roles such as Sleepy Hollow and Dark Shadows his career started to grow, but recalling selling pens to stranger was the job less suited for him because he was ashamed to do anything he may have thought was a ‘scam’ He recalled:
”I marketed pens – on the phone. But the beauty of the gig was that you had to call these strangers and say, ‘Hi, how ya doing?’ You made up a name, like, ‘Hey, it’s Edward Quartermaine from California. You’re eligible to receive this grand-father clock or a trip to Tahiti.’
”You promise them all these things if they buy a gross of pens. It was just awful. But I actually think that was the first experience I had with acting.”
He felt so bad that the job was just short lived, He said:
”I sold one thing, one gross of pens to one guy. And then he was asking me about the trip to Tahiti and I was riddled with guilt, so I told him, ‘Hey, man, you don’t want these f**king pens. This is a scam. The grandfather clock is made of pressboard. You’re not going to Tahiti. I’m sorry.’ So I talked him out of it.”
He also tried his hand at being a mechanic, but that didn’t work out, Depp recalled to Iggy Pop for Interview magazine:
”I was working at a gas station, pumping gas, and they put me in the garage and made me a mechanic. I told the dude, ‘Hey, I know very little about this.’ And he said, ‘Oh, you’ll just do what I tell you to do and it will work out fine.’ Well, it didn’t.
”I changed all the tires on this guy’s car, did the alignment, put the f**king wheels back on, pulled it down, guy got in, and his left rear wheel shot off the f**king vehicle. I was asked to leave, needless to say.”