10 People Who Underwent a Significant Career Change

by Neha Bansal5 months ago

6 Andy Kelso, a vicar who resigned to become an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Andy Kelso
Andy Kelso former Vicar now Elvis Impersonator. Image Credit: eveshamjournal.co.uk

Andy Kelso, born in the United Kingdom, was a vicar at Christ Church in Matchborough, Worcestershire, for almost 25 years. However, he decided to leave his job as a religious leader to pursue a career as an Elvis Presley lookalike.

Kelso had spent several years performing as an Elvis impersonator in his leisure time before leaving the religion. He played in local taverns, clubs, and even churches, claiming God had sent him a message to join the Elvis Presley Church. Kelso was well-known for his remarkable likeness to Elvis Presley and his ability to imitate the King’s memorable performances.

Kelso’s decision to quit the church was not easy, but he felt compelled to take a different course in life. He battled prescription medicine addiction, which he claims contributed to his decision to leave the faith. Kelso devoted himself full-time to his Elvis impersonator career after leaving his ecclesiastical post, performing in numerous places across the UK.

Although some may think Kelso’s professional move was unusual, he found immense delight and fulfillment as an Elvis impersonator. He still performs as the King and has even published an album of his original compositions. (source)


7 Switching from a comedian and TV actor to the President of the Nation – Volodymyr Zelensky.

Volodymyr Zelensky
Volodymyr Zelensky. Image Credit: (Left)Review News/ Shutterstock, (Right) Alexandros Michailidis/ Shutterstock

Volodymyr Zelensky is a Ukrainian politician and comedian born in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, on January 25, 1978. He grew up in Kryvyi Rih, where his father was a professor and computer scientist, and his mother was an engineer. Zelensky studied law at Kyiv National Economic University but dropped out before graduating.

He started out as a comedian, appearing in numerous comedy clubs and on television. In Ukraine, Zelensky was well-known for his performances in television shows, including Servant of the People, which he produced and acted in. He portrayed a high school teacher who becomes Ukraine’s president when a video of him yelling about corruption goes viral.

Zelensky declared his candidacy for the Ukrainian presidential election in 2018. To many people’s astonishment, Zelensky won the election with 73% of the vote and was elected president of Ukraine in May 2019. The journey of Zelensky from a career in entertainment to the presidency of Ukraine has received extensive coverage in international media. (source)


8 Brent Ridge, a media executive, became a goat farmer.

Brent Ridge
Brent Ridge. Image Credit: Beekman 1802 Boys/Facebook

Brent Ridge is a former doctor turned media executive who is now a goat farmer. He was born and raised in the state of Georgia in the United States. He moved to New York City after finishing his undergraduate degree in business to seek a career in journalism. He worked for a number of well-known corporations, including Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Scripps Networks.

Ridge met his partner, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, in 2008, and the couple began looking for a weekend property outside of town. They came across the Beekman farm in upstate New York and fell in love with it right away. Despite their lack of agricultural experience, they decided to quit their careers and buy the 200-year-old farm to begin a new life.

Beekman 1802, their new enterprise, began as a tiny business manufacturing handmade soap and cheese from their goats. It has now evolved into a lifestyle brand with a thriving line of cookbooks, food products, and home goods. The pair has also appeared on the reality television show The Fabulous Beekman Boys, which follows their lives on the farm.


Ridge has stated that the choice to leave his corporate job and become a goat farmer was motivated by a desire to improve his quality of life. He and Kilmer-Purcell have embraced the trials and joys of farming and are committed to preserving the Beekman property’s history and traditions. (1, 2)

9 Harison Ford turned into an actor from a carpenter, then back again to a carpenter before finally discovering his potential as an actor.

Harison Ford
Harison Ford. Image Credit: (Left)Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock, (Right) Stefano Chiacchiarini ’74/Shutterstock

Harrison Ford is a well-known American actor who has appeared in a number of box-office hits. He was born on July 13, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Park Ridge, a Chicago suburb. Ford attended Ripon College in Wisconsin after high school but dropped out to pursue a career in acting.

However, his acting career did not start off well, and he had to work as a carpenter to make ends meet. He soon landed a little part in the film Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round, and his career began to take off.

Ford had his breakthrough in the hit movie American Graffiti, followed by his legendary portrayal of Han Solo in the Star Wars saga. Despite his success as an actor, Ford finally returned to his old trade as a carpenter because he considered the acting business unpredictable and unstable.


Fortunately, his carpentry career was cut short when he was cast as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, catapulting him to even greater stardom. Ford went on to star in films such as Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and Air Force One. (source)

10 Carlo Masi, a former Italian po*n star, quit p*rn to earn a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics

Carlo Masi
Carlo Masi. Image Credit: ruggerofreddi/Instagram

Carlo Masi, born Ruggero Freddi, is a former gay adult film actor and bodybuilder from Italy. He was born in Rome, Italy, on September 8, 1979. Masi began his adult film career in 2003, working with companies such as Raging Stallion and Colt Studio Group. Throughout his career, he was known for his powerful body and towering height of 6’3″.

Masi, however, opted to leave the po*n industry in 2007 to seek a career in academia. He got a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, after studying at the University of Pisa.


Masi was fired from his job as a researcher and teaching assistant at Sapienza University in 2017, allegedly because of his previous involvement in the adult film industry. He later sued the institution, saying he was sacked unfairly because of his history as a sex worker.

Masi won his legal struggle against Sapienza University in May 2021, with the court declaring that the university had unfairly fired him. Masi added that he hopes his case will set a precedent for sex workers who face employment discrimination.

Masi is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Norway’s University of Bergen’s Department of Mathematics. He is also an active member of the LGBTQ+ community and an advocate for the rights of sex workers.

Carlo’s tale demonstrates that life can take unexpected turns, but it is up to us to get back up and keep going. And who knows, maybe one day, a film based on his life story may be made. From P*rn to Professor: The Carlo Masi Story could be the title. (source)

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