Strangest Ways I've Earned Money

10 months ago
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A friend and I talked about how there are many "alternative" routes for every more "traditional" career path. Until I made this list, I didn't realize how many times I've gone far off the beaten path.. and these are only the ways I thought worth writing about.

1 - traded an iPod for a friend’s CD collection; most sold for 5 or so but quite a few sold for more than $20-30

2 - filming an illegal showing of a boxing match with a hidden camera

3 - taking photos of local restaurants and businesses with my smart phone

4 - playing lifeguard for student pilots and working on a sailboat while waiting for my own flight training

5 - DJ’ng for Argentine tango events and performing with my Swedish partner for a Latino association (oh, did I mention that I’m Chinese..)

6 - climbing on top of shopping malls and office buildings

7 - sold a five dollar bill for over $275

five dollar misprint

8 - drove over 350 miles to film a guy talking

9 - getting my (fake) arm torn off for a music video

Black Keys RZA Baddest Man Alive
Black Keys / RZA "Baddest Man Alive" via YouTube

10 - stumbling upon a church event in Little Italy of New York City, where I won money as a minor (to this day I’m still not sure how legal that was..)

BONUS: I get paid to talk to foreign students; while we do “lessons,” we mostly pick topics of interest and discuss things like “why True Detective and Big Bang Theory are awesome shows?” or “what can Freakonomics teach us about the connection between drug dealers and Hollywood?”

How about you? What are some of the oddest ways you've made a buck or two?

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  ·  10 months ago

Sounds like you lead an interesting life!

  ·  10 months ago

Sometimes I feel like Forrest Gump in my own life!

  ·  10 months ago

Way to go John. It was an interesting read.

  ·  10 months ago

Thanks! Still getting my feet wet here in Steemit - appreciate the props!

  ·  10 months ago

sounds like some pretty unique experiences :)

  ·  10 months ago

It's a helluva life sometimes!

  ·  10 months ago

Great topic John! I'll have to think on this and make a list. I'm sure teaching yoga, in the water, with inflatable bunnies in Spring will be on my list. :)

  ·  10 months ago