If you’re looking for some good inspiration today, check out this article by Vulture on all the side gigs Kramer tried out on Seinfeld over the 9 year run ;)
And can you believe it only ran for 9 years?? Seems like it’s been on forever, right? That’s because it’s been syndicated throughout the past 20+ years, and turns out it was a great move to quit when they did!
Per The Independent in 2013:
Ending Seinfeld at its peak has proved the most lucrative decision comic Jerry Seinfeld ever made. The sitcom has generated $3.1billion (£2.05 billion) in repeat fees since the final episode was screened 15 years ago. The comedy “about nothing” was a huge hit for the NBC network, running for nine years from 1989. Since then the 180 episodes have continued to generate huge revenues through syndication deals for repeat showings on local US television channels.
Also pretty wild – 8 of Kramer’s 50 or so gigs we’ve featured here on Budgets Are Sexy! :)
- Movie extra
- Playing Santa Claus!
- Selling vintage clothes
- Writing books
- Planning parties (well, he organized a Jewish singles dance whereas our hustler planned group cruises, but kinda along the same vein?)
You’ll have to check out the full article where they link to all the clips of Kramer actually DOING all of these, but in the meantime here were some of the more outrageous gigs he tried over the years…
I swear – if any of you have ever tried any of these you better let me know!! Especially if you were successful! (Unlike Kramer in most instances, lol…)
- Beauty-pageant coach
- Police lineup stand-in
- Tennis ball boy
- Bottle exporter (tried to recycle bottles in Michigan where the refund rate per container is double New York’s, haha… I’ve always wondered about doing this too!!)
- Culinary entrepreneur (conceptualized a chain of make-your-own-pizza parlors and a restaurant that only serves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches called “P B and Js”)
- Specialty sightseeing tour creator (“Peterman Reality Tour”)
- Condiment inventor (brainstorms bottle that integrates ketchup and mustard)
- Plaintiff (multiple times)
- Television host
Such a good show, man….
And speaking of not always being successful, here were some past hustlers on the blog who also didn’t fair too well in their endeavors! Sometimes it takes a while to find The One :)
- I couldn’t part with my art
- I failed at being a sperm donor
- I failed at buying a rental property
- I hated working a phonathon
At any rate, here’s the full list again if you want to try and milk some motivation out of it –> All of Kramer’s Jobs and Schemes on Seinfeld
You really do gotta keep going when you hit a wall… Took me 37 tries to finally stumble across the blogging world, and even then it was accidental! :)
But when it clicks you’ll know! And the hustle is worth it in the end!