It's difficult to imagine Prince
in a role other than iconic music superstar
, but the singer revealed his surprising backup career choice in a 2014 interview on The Arsenio Hall Show.
"When I was 16, I was completely broke and needed to go get a job. So I got the Yellow Pages out, and I couldn't find one thing that I wanted to do," the Purple One said. "So, I decided that I was going to push as hard as I could to be a musician and went at it."
Later in the interview, Prince circled back to the topic with a pitch-perfect answer on what sort of job he'd like to have outside of music stardom.
"I think I'd want to teach in some capacity if I didn't play music
," he said. "There's a lot of fine musicians in the group right now, and I'm learning from them. So as much as I like to teach, I also like to learn."
The September 2014 episode would become the Minnesota native's final talk show appearance, in which he revealed more quirky, little-known details about his private life. Among the revelations: Prince didn't own a cell phone at the time ("Everyone I know has one"), he had never succumbed to the temptations of a late-night infomercial ("What's an infomercial?"), and his specialty in the kitchen was cooking omelets ("All my friends have high cholesterol").
See the full episode, which included multiple performances, in the player below.
Prince (full name: Prince Rogers Nelson) died Thursday
at his Paisley Park studio, just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was 57.