Narratively

Lifting the veil on surprising and secretive jobs, pursuits and lives.
                   

Secret Life of a Mermaid

Their lavish costumes and group swims provide a community they could never find on land — so much so that they don’t identify as human.

Secret Life of a Children’s Party Princess

I thought a summer job at the Princess Academy would be a carefree escape. But I learned some hard lessons about real life while playing make-believe.

A Casino Card Shark’s First Time Getting Caught

As a struggling grad student, I happened upon a lucrative side hustle with an elite team of card-counters—and found the community I'd been looking for.

My Secret Life as a Rogue Romance Writer

I thought penning steamy books about sex-crazed werewolves was the dumbest job ever. With a little subversion and a huge thesaurus, I learned to love it.

Confessions of a Cam Girl in an Age of Loneliness

Every night I sit in my room and live-stream my boring life. I don’t take my clothes off. I don’t dance. Yet people show up and pay me anyway.

Confessions of the Only Woman on a Rock Star Tour Bus

One roadie’s guide to surviving nomadic life in the hardest-partying business on earth.

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.

This Dominatrix Will Whip Your Relationship Into Shape

Lia Holmgren is using everything she’s learned in the world of BDSM to dominate in a new career: as a couples counselor.

Secret Life of a Stripper Who’s Also a Social Worker

Honestly, the two jobs aren't that different.