5 weird jobs no one will believe you get paid for
Scrolling through job postings can be quite overwhelming, and not just because you need work. There are many ordinary opportunities – barista, salesperson, systems analyst (whatever) – but where are the really great jobs? The ones that give you great stories to tell at the parties, while helping you pay the bills?
They exist, but you probably won’t find them on LinkedIn. Here are a few that might broaden your job search horizons.
1. Professional hug
If the thought of being wrapped in the arms of a stranger sounds heartwarming rather than the recipe for a panic attack, a professional hugging career might be for you. List of hugs will help you train and connect with clients who need a hug. Customers pay $ 80 an hour – and no, that’s no fun.
Cuddler Saskia Larsen calls her job a “heart-opening experience” and says it’s no riskier than her other job as a massage therapist.
2. Practice the pelvis
No matter how medically savvy a doctor may be, the unfitness with a speculum is one thing that separates a really bad gynecologist from a good one. Fortunately, there are women like Jodi Egerton, poet based in Austin, Texas willing to serve as “practice pools” for health professionals learning to do internal exams.
“People hold back because they expect to be perfect. But there is a point where you have to let go.“
Ilise S. Carter, Fire eater
“It’s not a big deal for me,” she laughs. “I had two babies, so this area suffered a lot.” And as for the potential discomfort of having inexperienced students examining you, Egerton swears they’re generally very gentle. “They are fine, because they are terrified,” she said.
While the salary ($ 25 per exam) doesn’t cover her mortgage, it helps her pay the bills – and medical school stacks them up so she can do up to nine a day. Besides the financial rewards Egerton also sees it as a public service: “I know they are scared and so if I can be there and make it less scary, by being friendly and smiling, it is a little service that I can. give back to humanity. . “
3. Fire-breathing motivational speaker
If you’ve ever attended a corporate retreat, you know how boring some of these team building exercises can be. That’s why fire-eater Ilise S. Carter is a breath of fresh (and scorching) air at these events.
Carter, passing Lady Aye professionally, has been hired to inspire companies like GE and Gap, and although she doesn’t teach her audience to swallow swords, she says she “uses these skills to illustrate a way to overcome fears.” During her former career in financial services, she apprenticed at night with an entertainer and began performing in her 30s. To her surprise, she found this experience useful in all other aspects of her life.
“People hold back because they expect to be perfect,” she says. “But there is a point where you have to let go. You have to be comfortable knowing that you are going to fall a few times before you get good at something. It helps you empower yourself to get creative – and these are important lessons, even in the business world. “
4. Lego artist
Jonathan lopes was a musician when he moved to New York, cut his hair, and took a regular job in publishing. Although he had a regular salary, he knew he also had to find a creative outlet. One night after work, he stopped by a toy store and picked up a Lego set. He put it in place and never looked back.
“I did this as an amateur for about eight years,” building increasingly complex designs, he says. Because he was immersed in the art world, more people saw Lopes’ work and he started to have gallery exhibitions. Eventually, a member of a non-profit organization saw some of his work and ordered a replica of the group’s botanical garden. It snowballed into more commissions, including its premiere of Lego – a version of the Apollo Theater in New York for its display at the now defunct Times Square Toys R Us.
Besides working with the brand occasionally, he says, “I do quite a bit of bespoke pieces for marketing firms, architects, private art collectors and corporate art collections. Now based in San Diego, Lopes is also a mainstay of the BrickUniverse Lego fan convention, traveling to show off his work throughout the year.
5. Artist model
“You think I’m going to be naked in front of people – I just turned 50! Was singer Crystal Durant’s response when a friend told her she should start posing at the Art Students League in New York. A few days later, Durant was standing on a platform, wrapped in a towel, in a room full of strangers with sketchbooks.
If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, then the door opened and a familiar face entered. “He was a guy I had interviewed two days earlier.” It didn’t stop her, however. In the two years since her debut, Durant worked as a model at least five days a week – most of them dressed – and earns about 90% of her income from her job. She’s still a DJ and social media alongside, but life as a model looks good on her. Her advice for budding muses: “You want to work for private clients, they pay more and it’s in cash.
Lego photo courtesy of Jonathan Lopes. Fire-breathing photo courtesy of Ilise S. Carter.