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Join host Sam Balter each week as he talks with people who make a living in really, really weird ways. Because we’re not all fit for the 9-5. But we all are a bit weird at heart.
||Explicit“I make ramen that helps people find their dreams.”||You’ve been listening all season long to how people turned their passions into professions. And want to make the jump, too. But what if you don’t know what your passion is? How do you pursue your dream if you don’t know what your dream is? Well,..||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a comic book inker.”||Mark Morales has probably worked on all of your favorite comic book characters. But the job of comic book inker is not only one of the most ambiguous in the industry, it’s an increasingly rare position. Mark takes Sam through the comic book...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I created The Museum of Selfies.”||Tommy Honton has a familiar story. Aspiring screenwriter who sets out to make it big in Hollywood. But eight years later, he found himself disillusioned and unhappy with his job. Rather than let the fear of complacency settle in, Tommy pursued another..||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I perform with cats and rats for Cirque Du Sewer.”||Melissa Arleth always loved rats. But she was also fond of her feline pets, too. So she took them both onstage with her and created Cirque Du Sewer, the world’s only cat and rat circus. Sam talks with this acrobat about working with acro-rats… and..||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional hand model.”||You can spot Ashly Covington out in public or on the subway pretty easily. She’s the one wearing long black gloves, a sunproof hoodie, and playing an invisible horn. Such is the life of a professional hand model. In today’s episode, Sam and Ashly...||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a dungeon master for Dungeons & Dragons.”||You’re stranded on a desert island. What do you do? If you’re Timm Woods, you find the nearest rock and start carving away at your latest Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Timm is a dungeon master, the game wizard who meticulously crafts each game....||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional mom.”||Nina Keneally is the founder of NeedaMomNYC, where for $40 an hour she’ll give you the full mom experience. Nina offers sage advice, helps you battle your landlord over security deposits, and weighs-in on big life decisions. But how do other moms...||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I write obituaries for The Economist.”||Ann Wroe writes obituaries for The Economist. And she knows what you’re thinking: Writing about death must be terribly depressing, right? Maybe, but not for Ann. Sam gets Ann’s take on how she deals with death, and Ann shares her unique approach...||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I turn accidental fur into high fashion.”||Pamela Paquin may have grown up on a farm, but she never thought her life would forever be linked with animals. She was living in Denmark with a high-paying job when her life was completely upended. That’s when Pamela began to notice inefficiencies...||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional gamer.”||Peter “PPD” Dager is one of the winningest professional gamers in history. But we’re not just talking about trophies. Peter has made millions (and millions) of dollars as a professional gamer. Sam talks with Peter about his journey from being on..||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I make money off of Lizard People.”||Katelyn Hempstead is a comedian and the host of Lizard People: Comedy & Conspiracy Theories, a podcast where her brilliant friends try to convince her to believe different conspiracy theories. You can even find Sam on there talking about the rogue...||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional wingman.”||Thomas Edwards is a real life Hitch. And after nearly a decade of work, he’s helped over 150 people find love and get married. But this self-proclaimed hopeless romantic wasn’t always the ideal wingman. Thomas’ journey starts with Gary...||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional garbage picker.”||Martin Gregory scours the streets looking through people’s trash. And it turns out, there’s a lot of valuable items people toss away. Martin sells his garbage finds on eBay, and he writes about them on his website, Things I Find in The Garbage....||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional cosplayer.”||Cosplay is a world of transformation, where art meets performance. And no one knows that better than Riki LeCotey. You might’ve seen her on SyFy’s reality tv show Heroes of Cosplay, or maybe you’ve seen her judging costumes at your local...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I make props for Hollywood.”||Em Schulz is the co-host of And That’s Why We Drink, a podcast about true crime and the paranormal. But Em’s resume runs the gamut: Clown school graduate, professional Segway tour guide, kite salesperson, paranormal investigator, and the list goes..||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I repair vintage arcade games.”||Gary Vincent is a vintage arcade game technician at Funspot, the world’s largest arcade. He’s also the president of the American Classic Arcade Museum where he works to preserve and promote the history of arcade games. On today’s episode, Sam...||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a weed nun.”||Sister Kate isn’t your average nun. She’s a self-declared nun who owns Sisters of the Valley, a cannabis-based healing products company. But after her early days in the Occupy movement, she now answers to a higher calling. Sam talks with Sister...||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m the listeners’ favorite episode of 2017.”||We asked you to tell us your favorite Weird Work episode of 2017 and man did you guys deliver. You mentioned Jen Glantz, the professional bridesmaid, Steven Kutcher, the Hollywood bug wrangler, and Kassandra Brown, the professional cuddler. But one...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m The New York Times crossword puzzle editor.”||Will Shortz is the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. But he’s also the only person in history to receive a degree in Enigmatology -- the study of puzzles. And he’s been creating and publishing his own puzzles since he was 14 years...||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a Vodou priestess.”||Voodoo conjures up pin-pricked dolls and black magic spells. But it’s all just a product of Hollywood, not an actual religion. Everything down to the spelling of its name is bogus. Vodou, however, is a religion. And today, Sam speaks with Sallie Ann..||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional scent maker.”||Kevin Elkins is a scent maker. He’s crafted custom scents for luxury hotels like The W Hotels and Hotel Emma. For Kevin, the perfect scent is all about the romance. Today, Sam talks with Kevin about what it takes to be a scent maker, the science...||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a space psychologist.”||Iya Whiteley always dreamt of becoming an astronaut. Only, there was a slight hitch. Iya grew up in the USSR where women were not allowed to become pilots. So she pursued her other passion of studying human behaviors and decision making skills under...||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m the Saturday Night Live bandleader.”||It’s an iconic sound. Lenny Pickett’s saxophone solo during Saturday Night Live’s opening credits has become a hallmark of the show. Lenny talks with Sam about his responsibilities as bandleader, how he overcame his initial fears of performing...||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m an intimacy choreographer.”||For some actors, finding the line between intimacy on stage and in real life can be a bit murky. It takes strong direction and training in a safe environment. But like any good fight scene, it can’t be left up to the actors to choreograph...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m an LSD microdosing coach.”||When Paul Austin looks back on the first time he dropped LSD, he remembers the shame and fear associated with it. So when he created Third Wave, a company devoted to coaching the benefits of microdosing LSD, he knew the biggest hurdle was changing an...||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m the head knight at Medieval Times.”||Chivalry. Strength. Romance. There’s quite a few things knights are world renowned for. Only, knights died out centuries ago, right? If you’ve ever heard of Medieval Times, then you know the knightly tradition is alive and well. Today, we head...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a nude model.”||For some, the nude body is taboo. But for artists, it’s been a constant source of training and inspiration. Ruby Magic has travelled around the world as a nude model. She tells Sam how she’s become more empowered in her own skin, and even gets Sam..||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m Hollywood’s resident bug wrangler.”||Let’s say you’re a director, and you need to film thousands of locusts descending upon a group of people. It’s a major production, but CGI just won’t cut it. What do you do? Well, there’s really only one person to call. Steven Kutcher built...||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional mystery shopper.”||It’s likely that at some point in your life, while you were out shopping at your favorite store, you were standing next to a fake customer. An imposter. These people are called mystery shoppers, and they act as quality control for many stores by...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m the Bachelor in Paradise bartender.”||What’s life really like behind the bar of a reality dating show? Wells Adams made the jump from radio show host to The Bachelorette contestant a few years ago. But it’s his recent gig as the bartender on ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise that cemented...||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“I’m a professional cuddler.”||In a previous life, Kassandra Brown was a parenting coach. Then one day, about six years ago, she was cuddling with a friend of hers when she had a personal breakthrough. So when she was searching for what to do next in her career, she landed on a...||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a mermaid.”||When you’re a kid, you can be anything. You can be a firefighter, a police officer, hell even a robot. The thing is, we rarely get to grow up and live that childhood dream. Unless you’re Maria Russo. Then you’re exactly who you always wanted to...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’ve written 18,728 songs and counting.”||Go on Spotify right now. Type your name, or the name of someone you know. Chances are a strange band has a song about that name. And chances are the man who wrote that song is actually named Matt Farley. Matt’s written more than 18,700 songs, and...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I press human ashes into vinyl records.”||Jason Leach founded Andvinyly as a way to face his own mortality. He heard Hunter S. Thompson had his own ashes set off in fireworks, and Jason wondered how he could be best remembered. Then it hit him: Vinyl records. What Jason didn’t expect was...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I’m a professional bridesmaid.”||If you’ve ever been to a wedding where the bride is considering grabbing an Uber and leaving, the ring bearer is missing, and the groomsmen are blackout drunk, you’ve seen what Jen Glantz calls a “normal weekend. Jen is a professional...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"I make ASMR videos."||"I make ASMR videos."||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I write dinosaur (and monster) erotica.”||Thanks for listening to the first episode of Weird Work - ever! Alara Branwen’s author page on Amazon says that she’s a “typical college student by day, but by night she is a crafter of sexy, hot, sensuous, ‘monster’ fantasy erotic...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"I host a podcast about people with weird jobs.”||Starting September 28, Weird Work fills your ear holes with stories from the creative and inspiring people who work some of the weirdest jobs out there. Hosted by Sam Balter.||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Sam Balter is the new Ira Glass
Only two minutes into this new podcast and I'm already excited about what's next. Sam's velvet baritone triggers ASMR, giving me a pleasurable, immersive experience. Even better? The lineup of guests is sure to inspire you to leave your dead end job and follow your passion.
Moar weird plz. Thanks!
Let’s. Get. Weird.
Oh, there you are. Finally. The podcast I’ve been looking for. This stuff is amazing!