English reality TV judge, and entrepreneur Simon Cowell might
now own a record label and television production company, but once
he had a miserable and toiling life as a broker and estate agent in
"After I left the music industry, I was an estate agent for
eight months. And I can honestly say it was the most miserable
eight months of my life," Cowell stated in an interview.
"I worked for this really snotty company in Mayfair who hated me
and I hated them, and I was so upset that my mum actually said to
me, 'I've never seen you so depressed'. And luckily I was offered a
job back at the music publishing company. I'm glad I tried it
because it was horrible," he said.
Cowell later on secured a job at the EMI, along with Ellis Rich,
who is now a music publisher.
Recalling the moments Ellis Rich said "We decided it would be
funny to take out a newspaper ad of a picture of Simon and I
"We booked and paid for it but forgot that the closing day was
the Friday; on Thursday we got a call from the paper saying If we
don't get that picture tonight, you're just going to have a big
black box there". He continued.
"So Simon says 'There's a photo booth in Bond Street station,
let's go there.' Now it is half past four, Thursday night, Bond
Street station, very very busy," Cowell recalled.
"So we get to the booth, I go in, shut the curtain, strip off
down to the waist, and at that moment Simon flings open the curtain
and says 'Oh my god, there's a naked man in the photo booth!' I'm
amazed I didn't get arrested. He was difficult to manage," Simon
Cowell stated further.