Ever wish you could be part of Ariel’s world?
Turns out you pretty much can. (Except for the breathing underwater part.)
You might even stand — er, swim? — to make some cash while you’re at it.
A new micro-industry has cropped up around self-proclaimed “merfolk,” who perform and play underwater in life-like (and expensive!) silicone mermaid tails.
Thanks to the Internet’s magical ability to bring niche-interest communities together, merfolk across the globe have united through forums like MerNetwork. And where there’s a community, there’s a market.
So, how can you make money under the sea?
How Merfolk Make Money
Not only is this perhaps the coolest job ever, but Melissa also emphasizes ocean conservation and ecological awareness through her performance. She looks good, does good and makes good money!
How about crafting mermaid tails? Maybe you don’t have the overhead or skills to craft gorgeous tails like FinFolk Productions, which start at $2,700.
But basic options are more manageable, especially for rookie merfolk.
Fun Fin Mermaid started when Idahoan Karen Brown created a tail with her sewing machine as a gift for her granddaughter. A quick search on Etsy reveals hundreds of hand-crafted tails, with prices ranging from $35 to over $100, so it looks like your market awaits.
Once You Learn, Teach Others
Susana Seuma started a mermaid school in Spain after an injury made her previous job impossible.
Similar schools and traveling programs exist, for both adults and children, in Montreal, Los Angeles and, of course, here in Florida. The world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids even have weekend-long mermaid camps you can participate in for $425 if you’re 30 or over.
Who knows? As the profession grows, there might just be a demand for a mermaid school in your area.
One thing’s for certain: When you follow your passion and think outside the box, you can make magic and money.
Your Turn: Would you become a mermaid as a side gig?
Jamie Cattanach, junior writer at The Penny Hoarder, is a surprisingly bad swimmer for a Florida native. You can follow her as she documents stuff she’s better at on Twitter: @jamiecattanach