What did you wanna be when you grew up?
We learn from an early age what potential jobs will be available to use when we’re all grown up. In grade school, we idolize doctors, and policemen, and firefighters. In high school, we discover that research, science, and business are viable job options.
As we go through life, we’re led to believe that we must squeeze ourselves into a narrow list of pretty lame career choices
Then, when we start to yearn for more, we hear people bang on about how we should do jobs centered around our passions. Do what you love! Follow your dreams! We’re asked questions like “What would you do even if you didn’t get paid?”, or “What do love doing in your spare time?”.
But what happens when the answer is sleeping, or travelling, or getting laid? What if you can never see yourself in a real job, but you don’t have any how you could fit your love for relaxing poolside and crashing weddings into a viable career?
And what about all those funny little tasks that need to get done, like clipping elephants toenails at the circus, and testing out sweet new ski trails before the general public gets a run. no one ever tells you about how to get those jobs. They’re tough work, but someone’s gotta do ’em.
Can you really build a business for yourself centered around your passions?
Short answer is – yes.
Long answer is – well, yes.
Without further ado, I present to you the 8 Coolest Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of. Take THAT, everyone who’s ever said you’ve eventually gotta give into the rat race.
1. Waterslide Tester
Yep. Tommy Lynch has it all figured out, as he travels the world testing holiday resort waterslides. I wonder if he’s figured out a way yet to avoid the dreaded wedgie you get from the flume?
2. Greeting Card Writer
Do your friends tell you you always know just what to day? Do you thrive on updating your facebook and twitter status with succinct yet clever banter? Perfect, you’re hired! Do like Sandra Miller-Louden, and get your ass into the greeting card industry. Unlike that cutie in 500 Days Of Summer, it doesn’t have to involve an office and a cubicle (but may involve Zooey Deschanel look-a-likes, if you play your cards right).
3. TV corpse
Jealous of your dog who just lays there and plays dead all day? Now there are opportunities for you to do the same, and make a little cash while you’re at it. CSI needs bodies, what are you waiting for?
4. Prostitute tester
“The strain of the job is actually such that he can only do it once a month, testing around seventy girls or so a year”. Enough said.
5. Note taker for college courses
Love being in school, but always wished you could get paid to go to class? Now you can. Get your education on their dime. Brilliant.
6. Luxury bed tester
Now there’s no reason why afternoon naps and pillow fights can’t be part of the job description. Do like Natalie Thomas and put your sleeping skills to good use.
7. Stand-in bridesmaid
Is your favorite month August because it’s the month when all your friends decide to tie the knot? You know it means tons of open bar, pickup opportunities, and time to reflect on exactly what why you never got married in the first place? Do you look great all gussied up and love meeting new people? Pimp yourself out as a stand-in bridesmaid, and you’ll be laughing (though hopefully not at the bride, who didn’t have enough real friends to do the job – she is your boss, afterall).
Do you kick some serious ass at any trivia night you attend? Maybe you crush at Trivial Pursuit? Get on board with local quiz nights, online trivia sites, and larger scale competitions (Jeopardy!?) and show off your freaky knowledge while getting paid.
Who says there’s not a job to match your interests? Go out, have fun, and make money doing it. It’s sure beats cubicle hell.
Do you have an unconventional job? Tell us about how sweet it is in the comments!