My First Job

Posted by jcmaziquemd on September 7, 2011

My First Job: David Hyde Pierce

Everett David Hyde Pierce and Kelsey Grammer in the second season of “Frasier” (1994)

Actor David Hyde Pierce doesn’t remember how much money he made at his first job. But he does remember how his nonchalant approach to getting that position nearly prevented him from growing up.

The job was an archery counselor’s position at Camp Kabeyun, a summer camp for boys in central New Hampshire. Pierce had attended as a camper for a few years, and he assumed that he would advance as a counselor when he returned as a senior camper.

“I sort of figured that I’d be asked back,” Pierce said. When he was 16, the former “Frasier” star had served as a junior counselor in training.

Pierce didn’t hear anything from the camp, though, and as the summer drew closer, he wrote the camp’s administration.

“The director wrote me back, and said, ‘Honestly, you were kind of a flake counselor in training.’ He told that I didn’t seem that responsible, but if I really wanted the job, they would have me back.”

This blunt assessment stuck with him

“It was really a life changing moment,” the 52-year-old actor said. “It was that moment of finding out that you really have to step up to the plate and be responsible and show people that you’re responsible — it’s a big moment and it won’t just get handed to you on a plate.”

In later summers, Pierce continued to move up the ranks and eventually was appointed as the camp’s drama counselor. But his summer shooting arrows set him on a path to adulthood that he’s especially thankful for. “I’ll always be grateful to that director,” said Pierce.


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