Sep 18

Would You ____ For Money?


Have you ever looked at someone’s job and said to yourself, “Man, I’d never want to do that.” or “Really? He gets paid that much for doing that?” Often when I tell people about my work with formerly homeless individuals they say things like, you have to be a “special” person to work with people like that. Or “people like you” should get paid more to work with such a “dangerous” population.

This conversation just pisses me off, and I have to bite my tongue not to say something smart-ass like, “it’s far more likely you’ll get assaulted by one of your clients when you lose their money in the stock market than I’ll be assaulted by one of mine.” For some reason people seem to pity me or put me on a pedestal for working with people diagnosed with mental illnesses. Anyway…

Lately I’ve seen a number of television shows featuring people who are making money in alternative and unusual ways. Some of them have made careers doing what they love, while others have made a quick pocket full of cash for letting us be voyeurs.

So I’m curious, Would you ________ (fill in the blank) for money?-TV Edition

  1. Catch an alligator with your bare hands?

    Have you seen that show called Gator Boys on Animal Planet? They are a group of alligator enthusiasts who catch gators with their bare hands and bring them to sanctuaries (they also run their own sanctuary). I’ve see the show a couple of times and those guys are really passionate about humanly catching gators and educating the public. I’m not sure how much money they actually make running the sanctuary and doing the gator shows, but I assume now that Animal Planet has picked them up, they’re making pretty good money filming the show.

  2. Fish the Baring sea for king crab?

    I’m a big fan of the show Deadliest Catch on the Discovery channel. While it’s not a job that I’d ever want to have (I hate to be cold), there should be no surprise (given the market price of a king crab dinner) that there’s huge money to be made in fishing for said crustaceans. There’s a real risk you might die, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie, fishing for king crab yields a pretty good return.

  3. Star in an adult movie?

    According to the NY Daily News, Former “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham made nearly $1 million dollars when she sold an adult movie that she and porn star James Deen made together. She reportedly said the video was for her private use and was accidentally released, RIGHT! but surprise it wasn’t!

  4. Make and sell moonshine?

    Handcrafted liquor is apparently all the rage these days. Just ask the cast of the popular discovery channel show Moonshiners. According to the NY Times, moonshiners can buy the ingredients to make a gallon of moonshine for about $3.00. They then sell the finished product for $10-12 per gallon. Not a bad little return if you don’t mind the possible jail time you’ll serve if you get caught making the bootleg liquor. Plus if you get picked up by a TV network to film a show, you can quit the illegal liquor making and go “legal.”

  5. Dance on Dancing with the stars?

    This one is an easy, “yes” for me. I haven’t done a choreographed dance since I was a middle school cheerleader, but I think it would be pretty sweet to get paid to learn how to dance. Heck, I’d go on the show without the money just to learn all those fun dance moves. Added bonus? Huge weight loss! Kelly Osborne told Shape magazine that she lost 50 pounds while filming the show!

Do you watch any of these shows? Would you star on one if the price was right?



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  1. Michelle

    I don’t know if I would do any of these. And I’m a horrible dancer so I would be horrible on that show! šŸ™‚

    1. KK

      I’m not a “good” dancer, I just really like to dance. I’d probably be voted off on the first week lol.

  2. debtfreeoneday

    Erm… I don’t think I could/would do any of those things for money as some of the above fill me with fear and the last one I would be soooooo embarrassed to get my dancing shoes on in front of millions. I would however, do the same job as you, in fact this would be right up my street!

    1. KK

      We’re always looking for new recruits, come on down! šŸ™‚

  3. Kali @CommonSenseMillennial

    I’d love to be on Dancing with the Stars – if they could teach me how to dance! I’m about as graceful as a newborn giraffe, so if I could learn from the pros, it might be worth it to look silly in front of an audience of millions of people. And though I wouldn’t wrestle alligators, I have spent time working on a farm/ranch with other, less toothy critters so I’d absolutely consider that a job option. I’d love to somehow get paid for riding or training horses.

    This was a fun post! I enjoyed reading it šŸ™‚

    1. KK

      “graceful as a newborn giraffe” aww, that made me laugh out loud when I read it. I’m a little scared of alligators but I do love animals, so I guess if the price was right I might do the alligator job.

  4. Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies

    haha, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t do any of these, especially if it meant being on tv. =)

    1. KK

      Yeah being on TV and/or being the center of attention is definitely not something I’d enjoy either.

  5. Broke Millennial

    You should add be on a reality TV show! Depending on the show, I’d probably do that one. I’d also probably make a fool of myself dancing for money and possibly do moonshine. I’d rather not have a profession where the mortality rate is high, so I’m going to nix catchin’ gators.

    1. KK

      If moonshining wasn’t illegal it wouldn’t be that bad of a gig. Good money, you get to be outside, you make your own hours…

  6. Kasey @ Debt Perception

    I don’t watch any of those shows and my answer is generally no but I would definitely do Dancing with the Stars because I love to dance!

    1. KK

      I wish I could say I didn’t watch those shows, but I’ve seen all of them (and rather enjoy a few). Everybody’s got to have a guilty pleasure right? Could be worse šŸ˜‰ I think dancing with the stars would be a lot of fun.

  7. eemusings

    No on all of those!

    I would never go on a reality show. Not my style. Nor get naked for money.

    Out of all those making moonshine would be my choice… šŸ™‚

    1. KK

      I don’t think I’d ever go on a reality show, but I’d never say never. I really enjoyed watching pit bulls and parolees on animal planet and if an opportunity like that (helping animals) came along I’d jump at it.

      There’s a lot of history behind moonshining. I guess that’s why I find it so intriguing.

  8. Kendal @HassleFreeSaver

    I would totally do Dancing With the Stars to learn the moves and get toned! Payment would be a bonus. šŸ™‚ I wouldn’t do anything life-threatening or super gross (Fear Factor, anyone?). I’d work retail again before going to those lengths!

    1. KK

      Totally forgot about fear factor. Those stunts they do with snakes make me almost cry. I could never be on a show like that.

  9. Girl Meets Debt

    I wouldn’t do ANY of these things for money but I would be willing to spend hours of my free time behind a computer screen pretending to be a blogger šŸ˜‰

    1. KK

      Aww, I don’t think you’re pretending, you’re the “real deal” in my book!

  10. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    LOL, my Internet filter blocked your site for the first time, KK, probably because of the word “porn” – funny! I don’t think I would do any of these either. If I had to pick one, I’d pick Dancing with the Stars, and I assure you, it wouldn’t be pretty. šŸ™‚

    1. KK

      I must be doing a good job keeping everything “clean”. Until now lol. I’d do dancing with the stars in a heartbeat. We’d see if they could make someone with two left feet any good šŸ˜‰

  11. Joel @ SaveOutsidetheBox

    I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t do any of those for things for money. But I love that list! I prefer to make my money in a slightly easier, more time consuming fashion. Not that I love to waste time, its just that a quick buck usually comes with a bunch of strings attached, as you’ve shown.

    1. KK

      Easier and more time consuming is much smarter and less dangerous! I’m all about safety.

  12. E.M.

    I would probably only do the last one! There are so many horrible celebrities on Dancing With the Stars anyway, we could probably beat them =). I’ve actually thought it would be fun to be on that show. They all seem like one big family (I’m sure there’s still drama of course), and it would be cool to learn how to ballroom dance. I’d love to take classes if they weren’t so expensive!

    1. KK

      We’d totally beat them! It’s not like celebrities are better dancers than normal people (unless they had some sort of prior training-the gymnasts and athletes seem to do well). My dad and step-mom took a few lessons before their wedding. I guess it was a good “excuse” to splurge on the lessons.

  13. DC @ Young Adult Money

    Some of the jobs people do on reality shows are just crazy. I would never fish for king crab (too dangerous of a job) or catch alligators with my bare hands (keep them away from me!). Maybe if they made a reality show about running a blog I’d be up for it : P

    1. KK

      Lol you and Wendy could be the co-hosts (she said the same thing :-)) I’d be interested in that reality show too!

  14. Holly@ClubThrifty

    I suppose that I’d be willing to make moonshine for money. I definitely wouldn’t do the others, though!

    1. KK

      On the few episodes of the show I saw there is some danger (police catching you, blowing yourself up accidentally because you’re cooking liquor over fire), but overall it doesn’t sound so bad.

  15. Mark Ross

    I don’t think I would do any of those. I guess I will just find another way to earn that money. šŸ™‚

    1. KK

      I think that’s probably a smart move. I know it is for me. Nobody wants to see me try to catch a gator.

  16. SuburbanFinance

    I would do none of the above. I wouldn’t want to be on TV, and I’ve never been desperate for cash.

    1. KK

      It does make you wonder if those people are just desperate for money and attention (I’d guess yes for the teen mom and the dancers-some of them), but the others seem to legitimately enjoy what they do (at least on some level).

  17. anna

    Love the list – I wouldn’t do any of those since I’m not brave and/or coordinated enough. I think the only thing on TV I would consider is The Amazing Race, it looks like so much fun!

    1. KK

      I’ve only seen a few of the amazing race episodes, but they look pretty fun (as long as you have a good partner). Bf and I could never do it together because he can’t run to save his life šŸ˜‰

  18. julia @ howmuchcost.org

    I’m with you I would totally do the Dancing with the Stars for free!! What a dream!!
    But back to reality I would say: Do what you love to do for money. Otherwise you’ll get to the
    end of your life and feel you haven’t lived. The average person spends 70% of their lives
    working! 70%!!! You see the people at your job more than you see your family normally!

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