Life can be hard sometimes. The biggest reason for that is because working is hard. Along the same lines, not working is not hard. It’s easier – and more fun, to play with toys, dress like a dork, and other inane things. Too bad you have to go to some other building and sit in terrible lighting while some lunatic bloviates about mission statements and expects you to do stuff. Although would it not be great if you could get paid to do the other stuff? Some people actually do.
Renting Out Your Home to Hollywood Studios
Movies are usually about people, and people often live in houses. So houses are needed to make the movies. Surprisingly, Hollywood doesn’t own a giant suburb full of every type of house they’ll ever need. This necessitates sending scouts to look for the perfect setting. If they find a house that appears like somewhere their character would be comfortable doing a #2, they knock on the door with a suitcase full of movie money.
But you move out for a year while they film, right? Actually, if you can deal with the imposition, you don’t have to. Just say good night to J.J. Abrams and tell him to keep the furniture clean, and then head up to bed while they film what they need.
LA resident Jessica Fleischmann did just that, for $15,000, when she agreed to pretend her house belonged to Mark Ruffalo’s character in the film The Kids Are All Right from 2010. The filmmakers dug up her garden as well as repainting the house, however it was put back better than how they found it after shooting was wrapped. A paycheck and a free renovation. Pretty good deal.
Some homeowners actually advertise their property through talent agencies, making this their profession. As long as the house doesn’t turn into a spoiled brat that uses drugs for validation, it’s all good. Some houses get used for a whole bunch of different movies, shows, and commercials. Have you watched for Gossip Girl, Sex and The City, Boy Meets Grill, and The Sopranos? An ice cream factory was converted into a house and used on those projects. Allison Du Val lives there now.
This does come with some risk, such as detonating explosives in your living room as part of the movie plot. So read the fine print closely. Read it VERY closely if you see a shadowy figure that strongly resembles The Rock hanging out by the mailbox.
You Can Do Cosplay Full-time
If you aren’t familiar with cosplay, here’s the basic rundown: It’s Halloween for adults, only all year long. You dress up like your favorite character (burning through insane amounts of time and money). Then you go and stand in line for sixteen hours while nobody gets your reference. It’s a tough way to live. But for some, cosplay is a lucrative job that brings in six-figures incomes.
Professional cosplayers spend months and in excess of thousands of dollars on just one costume. But if they’re good at it and get lucky, they could be paid $50,000-$100,000 for just standing at a booth all weekend. Literally just standing at a booth. They pose for the occasional photo with the great unwashed. One of Japan’s most famous professional cosplayers Enako, , plays dress-up and goes home with US$100,000 a year.
Celebrity Impressionists Can Actually Make Bank
“Hey, you look like (insert famous name here).” Most of us have heard this, but did you know it could earn you hundreds of thousands of dollars? Yes, “celebrity impressionist” as a career is an actual thing. You can thank the Screen Actors Guild for the existence of this career.
SAG membership for performance artists has benefits such as legal representation, healthcare, and standard minimum payments. Union members generally bring in $3,000 a week, which is not “rich” in expensive Hollywood. But better impressionists earn thousands for single appearances.
You don’t even have to be 100 percent accurate. Thaddeus Kalinoski was a regular Vegas dude who lost his job and got divorced, teetering on the edge of homelessness. But then his beard of despair and general air of depravity got some folks mistaking him for Zach Galifianakis.
He actually doesn’t look like Galifianakis at all. There’s a total of about three inches of exposed face there. Although he’s got a beard, floppy hair, and knew where to find those sunglasses. A career was born. He now charges $1,000 per appearance – approximately $250,000 a year – to appear at parties and events as the idiot character from the Hangover movies.
People Make a Living by Playing With Toys on YouTube
YouTube has many content creators who film themselves playing with kids’ toys. You might think that’s absurd. Watching someone else play with toys? Where is the joy in that? But then again, we all claimed that about Twitch. Actually, we still say that. In a lot of ways, life makes no sense at all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t forge a living out of the weird. Some of these people make seven-figure incomes.
User “CookieSwirlC” is well on her way to making enough money to buy YouTube for herself. She just uploads videos of herself playing with action figures. Her channel has almost four million subscribers and gets around seven million views daily. In YouTube ad dollars, that’s around $10,000 per day, just for playing with Troll dolls.
This isn’t only an adult thing, or a “look at cute girls” thing. Nine-year-old Evan is the proprietor of EvanTubeHD, and he makes a million-dollar salary just by opening toys and playing with them in front of a camera for the enjoyment of his four million subscribers. Back when you were a child, you smashed the G.I. Joe action figures together and made explosion noises for free. Sucker!