Performing in theater and on camera is one of the most popular jobs in the world. Performers work their whole lives to get to be able to live off this effort, and yet most never reach that goal. Unfortunately, that leaves these artists looking for another income source that can keep them afloat until they make it big. No actor should have to settle for bussing tables on their time off the stage, and there are plenty of popular gigs that actors can grab when they aren’t in the limelight!
Work as a brand ambassador is as tightly tied to acting as any job could be. This profession allows those working their way up in fame to gain recognition and practice performing in front of crowds. Although it’s less creative work, performers can delve into these roles and create personas for their brand ambassador version of themself.
Unfortunately, there is a drawback that once you’re only recognized for a particular brand or ad, you might have trouble finding work for anything besides it. Try to find a well-paying, but low-risk, ambassador gig and get ready to become known in the public sphere.
Unless you’re trying to get into voice acting like Hayden Byerly, chances are you’re going to have to work hard on getting your body into good shape. If you’ve spent a long time on your body and get compliments on it all the time, you might want to take this as a nudge for your choice in side-jobs.
Personal trainers are lucky because not only are they paid to take care of their bodies, they come into contact with some of the most elite and influential in Hollywood. This could mean that you land a significant role while showing a famous producer how to do proper push-ups, and who wouldn’t want that?
The old saying ‘those who can’t do, teach’ is as well known as it is cruel. Teachers are fantastic professionals who work hard to bring knowledge to the general population. Not only will teaching help you stay afloat, teaching how to act or improvise can allow you to practice and hone your skills.
Most teaching jobs require at least an associate’s degree, so this is only an option for someone who either has enough time put into acting or has a college education to back them up.
Acting classes are usually in the evening, which will leave you free for most of the day to go to your performance gigs.
Although this job is less glamorous, performers who have an eye for detail and good at voice training and performing can put their skills to work. Virtual assistants work with professionals and help manage their day-to-day schedule, notes for meetings, and information they may need. Although this work is more essential and hourly, some virtual assistants have flexible schedules and can take time off to act in any work that comes up. Luckily this job also allows employees to work from home, which grants them even more freedom.