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What Is The Weirdest Job You've Ever Had?

I think it’s always interesting to hear what kind of jobs people held on their way to their “grown-up” occupation.  Before I became a therapist-turned-writer, I had a long line of jobs . . . some of them typical, and some of them more unusual.  Spoiler alert: one of them involved sliding down a fireman’s pole and then dancing on a bar.


Here is a list of some of the more interesting jobs I’ve held.


  • Piano Teacher 1 of 12
    Piano Teacher
    This is probably the job I look back on with the most fondness. Those piano lessons that my mom forced upon me paid off - I was able to charge $10 for a half-hour lesson, which was an insanely good wage for a high school student in the early 90's.
  • Can-Can Dancer 2 of 12
    Can-Can Dancer
    Just before grad school, I worked as a Can-Can Dancer at a touristy bar in Orlando. We slid down a fireman's pole and danced on a bar in front of a large audience of people wearing fanny packs.
  • Lifeguard 3 of 12
    Lifeguard
    During high school, I spent my summer breaks as a lifeguard at a local water park. I don't have any photos from that time, but in my memory I looked exactly like this.
  • Cocktail Waitress 4 of 12
    Cocktail Waitress
    Over summers in college, I worked as a cocktail waitress. This is the only photo I have of that time. I think it sums up that experience pretty well.
  • Interior Designer 5 of 12
    Interior Designer
    For about 5 minutes I worked as an interior designer. I've long been a fan of interior design, and took a few courses in it. But once I realized it involved designing to OTHER people's tastes, the appeal was gone.
  • Singer/Actor/Dancer 6 of 12
    Singer/Actor/Dancer
    My undergraduate major was musical theater, and I spent a couple years trying to make a living on the stage. It wasn't too soon before I realized that the pay and the hours were not conducive to grown-up life.
  • Fragrance Model 7 of 12
    Fragrance Model
    Yeah, that picture of ScarJo is pretty much the furthest thing from what I did, which involved standing in a mall and asking people if they wanted to sample Chanel #5. I was THAT person.
  • Camp Counselor 8 of 12
    Camp Counselor
    For one summer, I worked as a counselor at a camp for teenage girls. I also got engaged that summer, and got to announce it to a cabin full of screaming girls.
  • Balloon Twister Barker 9 of 12
    Balloon Twister Barker
    During grad school, my husband paid the bills by twisting balloons at restaurants and parties. We spent one New Year's Eve making crazy hats for drunk people in Vegas. We paid for the whole trip in about an hour. It's amazing how much money drunk people will throw down just for a little extra attention.
  • Mailroom Clerk at a Big Law Firm 10 of 12
    Mailroom Clerk at a Big Law Firm
    During college, I got a job at a big-wig law firm in Cincinnati. I was a mailroom clerk, which basically means that I dressed in professional gear and made coffee and delivered mail to attorneys. Attorneys that were twice my age and that enjoyed having young co-eds walking around serving them coffee. Again, I don't have a photo of that time, but at the time I was sure I was in an episode of Ally McBeal.
  • Youth Director 11 of 12
    Youth Director
    In college, I also worked as a youth director for a local church. I am tired just thinking about that job and all of the emo dramatics that teenagers bring. Lord help me when my kids get to be that age.
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    image-17
    Alright, you've seen some of my crazy jobs of the past. What are some of yours?

What about you?  What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?  Any jobs that you are glad are over?  And any that you feel wistful about?

 

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