10. Professional Mermaid: Up to $6,000 Per Appearance
Yes, this actually exists. There are people who train to work as professional mermaids – mostly freelancers – whose primarily entertain at parties and events. But becoming a licensed mermaid and starting your own business isn’t as easy as it might sound.
It’s not cheap, either. The Montreal-based company Aqua Mermaid charges pro mermaid hopefuls $3,800 for an intensive five-day training course. And then there’s the 15-pound tail performers have to wear and swim in for between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the show. These freediving aquatic maidens have to swim like they only have one leg, and gracefully, as one mermaid pointed out in an interview with Bloomberg. This is not a job for the out-of-shape.