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The Working Life

Toiling day-laborers, topless male dancers and telemarketing peons. Everyone's gotta make a buck.

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The Secret Life of a Professional Statue

How staying perfectly still for tips — despite tourists’ bewildering lack of boundaries — taught me to stand my ground in life.

Diary of an Awkward Teenage Balloon Artist

Entertaining kids with inflated animals is tough—and when you’re a math-team nerd competing for gigs against your charismatic crush, it can blow up your entire life.

My Secret Life as an Underage Massage Therapist

As my hands addressed their aches and pains, my clients shared their fantasies and fears with 15-year-old-me. Little did they know, I was dealing with family drama of my own.

Confessions of a Professional Fake Shopper

When desperate storeowners want to convince passersby to stop in, they hire fun, happy people to pose as shoppers. They’re actually out-of-work actors, retirees, and me.

My Husband Doesn’t Want Me to Be a Firefighter

I always dreamed of helping people, but I put it all on hold to raise my kids. Now that I've found my calling, I'm facing upheaval at home.

Secret Life of a Psych Ward Security Guard

My brute strength and wrestling skills made me a natural fit to maintain order. But what I really wanted to do was help people.

Every EMT Has One Day That Changed Their Life. This Was Mine.

The city bus was soaked with blood, the patient was fading fast, and the first cop who showed up turned around and puked.

The Hardest Working Trump Impersonator in Showbiz

John Di Domenico and his $4,000 handmade hairpiece are on a nonstop whirlwind of TV shows, podcasts and coast-to-coast gigs. Now he's ready for a yuuuuge nap.