‘Try, try till you succeed’ sounds like such a terrible cliché, but it’s been the mantra for many a man. Case in point: Johnny Depp. We’ve been keeling over with laughter while visualising this, ever since the star confessed he used to be a telemarketer — selling pens to strangers over the phone — and he was terrible at it! By his own admission, Depp tried out several jobs before finding fame as an actor, but none worse than telemarketing pens. In his inimitable style, Depp recounts this chapter of his colourful life: “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.” Johnny (being good) felt so bad about short-changing his customers that, after the only sale he managed to make, he pleaded with the man to back out! “I sold one thing… 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.”
From selling pens (and working as a mechanic) to starring in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ Depp has certainly come a long way. To quote another cliché, maybe honesty did prove to be the best policy for this brilliant bloke.
Article by: Sonali Velinker Kamat
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