Nude Body Double and Other Crazy Hollywood Jobs You Won’t Believe are Real
We’ve heard of the crazy jobs Hollywood stars did before they were famous. We know about some of the strange jobs our favorite movie characters have. But what about the crazy Hollywood jobs that exist behind the scenes?
If you’re looking to get into showbiz, Hollywood has its share of odd and crazy jobs. Here are a few that definitely qualify as crazy. We’ll start with some of the tamer jobs and work our way up to tasks that are a bit more out there, literally.
1. Foley artist
- What they do: Soundtrack your favorite movies and shows
Foley artists don’t subscribe to the mantra ‘It’s better to be seen than heard.’ The sounds of footsteps, punches, and slammed doors you hear in the movies usually don’t happen on set, and that’s where Foley artists come in. They create the sound effects that add depth to what you see on screen. Maybe it’s not a crazy job, but it’s certainly unique and it pays well: The guaranteed salary of a union Foley artist is $2,000 per week.
Next: Can you please cover that up?
2. Modesty sock costumer
- What they do: Keep actors’ privates private
Unless you’re watching an, ahem, certain kind of movie, the intimate moments you see on screen aren’t really that intimate. This crazy job ensures male and female actors keep their privates private thanks to modesty socks (for guys) and merkins (for women). This probably qualifies as tailor, dressmaker, or custom sewer, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports having a median salary of $28,000 per year.
Next: Thinking green
- What they do: Dress scenes with plant life
If you’re filming a tropical scene in Canada or a jungle scene in California, you’ll need greensmen. They provide the plants that are needed on set. They are responsible for keeping the plants alive, which can get a lot tougher when you’re working in a studio instead of on location.
Next: You need to love all creatures for this next job.
4. Bug wrangler
- What they do: Get insects to hit their cues
Dogs and horses can be trained. Cats can be lured into place (if you’re patient). But bugs won’t take commands. If a movie is relying on creepy crawlies to make an appearance, then the director will call on a bug wrangler, A.K.A. an entomologist. Some might say any line of work dealing with bugs qualifies as a crazy job, but landing a gig in Hollywood can be lucrative and steady work.
Next: A way you can make even the worst movies look better.
5. Screen cleaner
- What they do: Clean movie theater screens
OK, so this isn’t technically a Hollywood job, but it is related to the movie industry and a little bit on the crazy side. Believe it or not, movie screens can get dirty with dust and other gunk, which detracts from the viewing experience. There are companies who take care of the task, which definitely involves more than a roll of paper towels and some Windex.
Next: Keep a brioche bun looking beautiful.
6. Food stylist
- What they do: Act as makeup artists for food
Did the Big Kahuna Burger in Pulp Fiction look unbearably delicious to you? You can thank a food stylist. Whether it’s movies, TVs, magazine spreads, or commercials, food stylists have plenty of tricks to make food look good. Though there are some underhanded tricks to make food look good, food stylists stick to edible — and more ethical — methods to get the job done.
Next: It’s not a regular gig, but one Hollywood star had a very strange job.
7. Human alarm clock
- What they do: Make sure the stars are on time
Most big-time Hollywood stars have assistants and managers help them schedule their days. Howard Stern had Eli Roth. Before Roth made it big as a director, writer, and producer, he worked on Stern’s biopic movie Private Parts as the star’s personal alarm clock. That’s one way to make your voice heard in Hollywood. And it certainly has to be among the leaders on a list of crazy jobs.
Next: Buff stuff
8. Nude body double
- What they do: Stand in for the stars during intimate scenes
Celebrities often work out a lot in order to stay in shape. But that doesn’t mean they want the world to see what they look like without clothes. In instances where a character needs to get naked but the star doesn’t have the time or desire to do it, body doubles step up. Believe it or not, you can get regular work doing this crazy job, as one actress told Vulture. Plus, it can pay quite well.
Next: ‘This goes here and that goes there.’
9. Sex scene choreographer
- What they do: Work out the intimate details
In big movie fight scenes or dance numbers, a coordinator or choreographer plans every last detail. Same goes for sex scenes. You can’t just put actors in bed and expect everything to take care of itself. Some directors handle sex scenes on their own, but in some cases, sex scene choreographers come on board to make sure it’s on the up-and-up and looking good. It’s not all about getting up close and personal, though. One sex scene coordinator tells Deadline Hollywood, a lot of the job is finding out comfort levels so everyone is on the same page. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a choreographer’s median pay at $16.85 per hour, but we’re going to guess you might get a little bit more for this particular crazy job.
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