20 Dream Jobs That Aren't As Glamorous As They Appear

Cheryl Brite April 6th 2016 Education
What if the dream job you’ve always wanted wasn’t as glamorous as you thought? Oh no! Would you stick with it or resign just because the career wasn’t all it was cracked up to be? At this point, you are better off looking for a work from home job opportunity or starting a boring home based business. Or you can go to a school or university and get a college degree in something that doesn't require too much stress. Screw being an Astronaut, you're better off being a Medical Coder or something that won't kill you.
1. Astronaut
Being an astronaut seems like the coolest job because you get to discover new and interesting worlds in space. No one can hear you scream but besides that you’re in an enclosed space with a bunch of people for who knows how long and anything can go wrong in space. While working outside the ship, you could become detached from the ship. You could be floating into space for who knows how long. It's a risky job, that's for sure. Death is always around the corner.
If you really want to be an astronaut, you have to go through training. Twenty months of training includes extravehicular activity in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. You also need to accumulate flight hours in a jet aircraft. To even be required for NASA you need to be a citizen of the United States as well as pass a physical examination. Your vision needs to be 20/20, and your blood pressure while sitting must not be greater than 140 over 90. While you're in space, you are at risk for decompression sickness, loss of bone and muscle mass, sleep disturbances, radiation injury, and so much more.
2. Writer
Sure this job is glamorous when you become a well-known author and they make movies about your books but when you’re starting out, rejection is a big part of your life. Anyone can write like Snoopy but not everyone will make it in this industry because it’s not just about writing a book, it’s about knowing how to make it successful. You have to know how to sell your book to an audience and to a publisher as well. Who knows how long that could take? Writing really has to be your passion if you're willing to go through the obstacles to get to the other side. You may have to take a few small jobs, so you can support your writing career but in the end you hope it is all worth it.
As a writer you have to find out what kind of writer you want to be. A poet, novelist, satirist, librettist, lyricist, playwright, screenwriter, and a speechwriter are just some of the areas of writing you can go into. Once you decide, it's up to you to perfect your craft for a long amount of time. Writer's block is an evil obstacle for writers. To get around this monster you have to find what works for you like stepping back and finding another activity to inspire you. When you finally come out of your funk, it's time to continue to write, finish your masterpiece, and find the right representation when you become successful, good luck!
3. Musician
Talent is one thing but image is everything nowadays to become a successful musician. You have to be pretty, lets face it. Once you have that record deal, you think you're safe but they will take advantage of you if you don’t understand what music business entails. You could be signing your life away for a certain amount of years and never see that much money. When you finally have a lot of money, it goes through everything else like record producers and the tour and by the time it gets to you, you don't have enough to get by. You could even go into debt or bankruptcy because you owe money.
It's a stressful job, no doubt. If music is your passion, it's hard to be in the industry when the people who work with you only want your money. You're in it for the art and writing music. You can lose yourself in this industry when you see yourself plastered on magazines and on posters. You don't recognize yourself anymore. It's a cold and cruel world to be a part of and unfortunately to be successful, you have to sell your soul to the devil.
4. Artist
You’re starving to get your work out there for just one person to buy your paintings, and you will be starving for a long while before anyone takes you seriously and gives you a chance to become well known. With hard work and dedication you believe you can get there. For now you might be living in a run down apartment or with your parents until you make it. Little jobs here and there can only support your dream for so long. Having a portfolio of your work is a great idea so you can show professionals but who knows what they're looking for? Every person is looking for something different.
Going to school for art is the best option for you to learn more about the world of art. You'll learn all about composition, shapes, color, and so much more to prepare you for creating more innovative art. Of course it doesn't mean you'll be successful. Your art has to evoke something in others. There are so many opinions of what art is, and you have to find out what it means to you, translating that into success. It's hard when people don't take this job seriously, and it may not be glamorous, but you love art and will continue to create pieces that inspire you.
5. Roadie
You get to see the biggest performers in the world as you set up their stage. It’s hard, grueling work and a lot of things can go wrong while you’re setting up, bandanas are still cool! You need a lot of energy to do this job successfully. If you're spending your time partying with the band and staying up all night getting drunk, you're not getting the sleep you need to work the next day. The artists and bands count on you to keep their tour going and if you keeping making mistakes, you'll be fired so fast you won't know what hit you. You may be out of the best job you'll ever have.
You're a part of the concert production, but you don't perform with the artist. It's like your the tour manager, production manager, stage manager, front of the house and monitor engineer, lighting director, lighting designer, lighting tech, guitar tech, bass tech, drum, tech, keyboard tech, pyrotechnic tech, security, truck driver, and merchandise crew as well as caterer wrapped into one person. Wow, that's a lot to do! You have to be at the top of your game. You can have a great time with the artists or bands, but you have to be responsible. You maybe treated like shit sometimes, but you love music and wouldn't trade this job for anything.
6. Limo Driver
You get to drive around famous people with the occasional prom teenagers and loud and rowdy drunks. You never know who might end up in your limo next, which can be exciting and terrifying depending on the situation. After a long day or night's work you have to clean up the throw up and other garbage left in the car. How disgusting! If there's damage to the car in any way, you're responsible for getting it fixed. Who knows how much it will cost you?
To be a limo driver you don't necessarily need a high school diploma. You must have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record. You must also be knowledgeable about the area you're driving in so if customers have questions, you can answer them with confidence. Obtain a CDL, a chauffeur's license, and go through the required training to become a limo driver. The demand for limo drivers are high because corporate travel has increased. You may not always like who you're driving, but you will always have job security because you're so high in demand.
7. Pilot
Dave Grohl would be an awesome pilot, but I digress. While flying may seem glamorous for a pilot because they get to travel all the time, they are responsible from getting passengers from point a to point b safely. If you don't get the appropriate training, you won't know what to do when something goes wrong. It's important that you know how to fly the actual plane instead of relying on autopilot. When there's bad weather conditions, you need to rely on your skills as pilot to get through the storm successfully and in one piece. The people's lives on board may depend on it.
As a pilot you need to make sure you take care of yourself. The last thing you want to be is tired and sick while you're flying the plane because it may result in bad judgement decisions. To be a pilot you need to go through hours of flight training and theoretical study. For a Private Pilot License you need at least 40 hours of flight with a certified instructor. Next you'll obtain a Instrument Rating endorsement. A Commercial Pilot License is required to be a professional pilot but to be an airline pilot, you need an Airline Transport Pilot License.
8. Ballet Dancer
It’s great when you make it as a ballerina but what it takes to get there is far from glamorous. You have to practice for hours on end just to be good and perform for scouts to be taken seriously and if you become successful, it only takes one leap off the stage to end your dancing days forever. Bulimia and anorexia are also the dangers of being in this industry. You have to look a certain way, and you believe binging, purging, and starving yourself is the only way to obtain the perfect body of a dancer. You could die from these diseases. It's a serious way of life and if you love to dance, you'll find a way to be healthy and continue your dream ballet dancing.
To be a ballet dancer you need to start training as young as three years old. You must attend ballet classes six days a week even when you become successful to keep yourself fit and aware of your body. You start on the wooden beam and eventually move onto center work. Afterwards females practice on their toes while males practice jumps and turns. During your time as a ballet dancer you're at risk for injuries. Straining your body, fatigue fractures, bone density loss, meniscal tears and dislocations of the knees, feet fractures, tendonitis, and shin splints are just some of the ways you could destroy your body in the long run.
9. Football Player
You know you want to be Peyton Manning, but he worked hard to get to where he is today and so will you. Hours of practice are mandatory to become great and once you made it to the NFL, you’re set for life or so you think until one concussion becomes two and your life as a football player is over before it even began. All your injuries will add up in the end. It's best to get out of football before you life becomes bedridden for life. You may make a lot of money but no amount of money is worth your life. Right?
To have football as your career you should start when you're young on a youth team. Play football throughout your education and hopefully a scout will notice you because of your unique skills and offer you a contract. Once you sign to a team, you belong to the team for a certain amount of years even if the team you're on sucks. Losing may be a hard pill to swallow for you, and it especially happens when you're playing the visiting team. Your life expectancy is decreased because of all the head, knee, hip, and muscle injuries you obtain throughout your career. It's a very dangerous game you're playing.
10. Basketball Player
You have all the right moves like Russell Westbrook. When you become successful in the NBA, you suddenly have a deal with Nike, you’re a role model to kids, and you’ve become a celebrity but all that won’t matter to you if you can’t play ball anymore from just one injury that ends your career. You have no protection when you go out there on the court. The court is not exactly the softest place to land. You could get a concussion, break your leg, break your arm, and so much more. Your career and life could be cut short in the blink of an eye.
When you become a famous basketball player, your life is not your own anymore. Paparazzi make you their life's work. They're just looking for something to make you look good or bad. Your privacy is gone, and you can't go out to eat with family and friends without being hounded by the media. You can become depressed, annoyed, and frustrated. Being in the spotlight is never easy but if you can't handle it, maybe the world of sports is not for you.
11. Actor
To be an actor or not be an actor? That is the real question as you move to Hollywood to try and make it. You may never be successful and if you do, your life will never be the same because you will never have a moment’s peace to yourself when paparazzi are following you everywhere. It's a stressful way to live if you don't have the right people in your corner. The media shows how thin an actor or actress should look, and you think you have to be deathly skinny to be successful as an actress. So begins your downward spiral of eating disorders, drugs, and drinking.
As an actor you know how to perform as a method actor. With this technique you immerse yourself in the character completely that you become the character off stage and off camera. You train yourself to develop sensory, psychologically and emotionally in your acting abilities. Presentational and representational acting involves the relationship between actor and the audience. In this type of acting you want to make the audience believe that you are the character you're playing. It may take years to develop your craft, or you might be naturally gifted in the art of acting.
12. Journalist
No one will take you seriously if you can’t ask the hard-hitting questions. You have to follow the most controversial stories, or you may not become recognized as a professional journalist. You may compromise your ideals and values along the way but anything to get a story, right? The real dangers of being a journalist is going out into an unknown area of the world to get a story. You could be kidnapped, tortured, or even killed to get the story of your life. As a journalist you have to be careful and aware of the world you're stepping into whether it's physically or mentally.
Being a journalist means you've created a variety of ethics and standards to do your job. You need to be objective and bias to be successful in this business. You have journalistic freedom but how much you have can affect your life. Physical harm is a possibility as well as psychological harm. If you're a war reporter, this especially applies to you. Journalists need help when they are exposed to traumatic events but editorial office don't know how to help them.
13. Fashion Designer
You can’t see yourself doing anything but making clothes, and you know you’ve made it when your clothes are gracing the runways of Paris, Milan, etc. A lot of blood, sweat, tears, hard work, and hours go into this dream job so think about how much you love clothes and how much it’s worth it to see your clothes not only on runways but also in department stores. Rejection is also a big part of this industry. Your clothes may not be what people are looking to put in their stores. If you're clothes aren't unique and up to trend, then you could be left behind in your sewing room, wondering where everything went wrong. Starting your own clothing store is a great idea if you have the funds to make the store and pay the designers, who are creating your vision.
To be a fashion designer you should be making your own clothes for a while now. Once you've graduated high school, it's time to go to college, get a liberal arts degree, and go to design school to improve your design techniques and learn about the fashion industry. As a designer you can create men's wear, women's wear, kid's wear, and may other areas of fashion design. In the world of fashion you can be a fashion designer, technical designer, a pattern maker, a tailor, a textile designer, a stylist, a fashion buyer, a seamstress, and so much more. The fashion industry is not only a global industry but a competitive industry. If you don't keep up, you could be left behind and as Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, "in fashion one day you're in and the next day you're out."
14. News Anchor
Fictional character Ron Burgundy makes it look cool but in real life it takes hard work and perseverance to become a TV news anchor. You have to be on every minute when you're delivering the news to the public, and it can be pretty daunting to realize you are talking to every American out there so here’s hoping you can handle the pressure. You also have to be competent in what you're talking about. You don't want to be one of those anchors who just reads off the teleprompter and knows nothing about what's happening in the world. Good hair and piercing eyes can only get you so far in this industry. Know your news and know how to entertain your audience.
As a news anchor you want to be taken seriously. You don't want your identity to overshadow your role as a news broadcaster. Your presence on TV is to get your audience familiarized with you, so you can earn their trust and keep them tuned in everyday. As a news anchor you may feel like the news you're giving is not news at all. How is what a celebrity doing news? You can't work in a world where news is not taken seriously and the real issues are not being focused on.
15. Chef
It takes a few years of culinary school, an internship working at a restaurant, and eventually your own restaurant to become a successful Chef. You may make great food and know how to keep your customers happy, but that won’t be enough to keep your restaurant open if you don’t understand that you’re running a business. A great personality will help a great deal during your career. You want customers to keep coming back to your restaurant. If you want to become a famous celebrity chef like Emeril Lagassse, Bobby Flay, and Rachael Ray, you need a unique personality and a culinary point of view that will keep viewers interested in watching you. A lot of hard work when it comes to making your food doesn't hurt either.
As a chef you need to be aware of the dangers of working in a kitchen. You can burn yourself boiling water, cut your hand while chopping vegetables, and contaminate your food if you don't keep a clean kitchen. Don't work with any jewelry on or you could lose it in the food and end up serving your customers your ring or earrings. Put your hair up when cooking your food because hair can easily get into your food. If you sweat a lot, you should wear a sweat band in the kitchen and have a towel around your neck on standby. Whatever you do, you need to be aware of your surroundings as a chef so you can work safely in the kitchen.
16. Model
You may be in every magazine around the world and walk the runways but at what price? Anorexia and Bulimia are two evils that will get to you if you can’t handle the pressures of the modeling industry, so is being popular more important than your soul? To be a healthy and functioning model you need to eat. You won't be able to function otherwise. Your life is full of traveling from one place to another for long periods of time. You won't benefit you career if you're passing out from exhaustion or hunger.
You need to be on every time you step in front of that camera. You're nothing but a hanger to the people behind the camera. You're promoting their clothes and nothing more. You can be replaced anytime with someone younger, skinner, and more beautiful. It's a harsh reality to become adjusted to, but you need to have hard skin to survive in this industry. Smile to the camera and get on with your life.
17. Wedding Planner
There’s nothing more stressful than this dream job. It may seem glamorous because he or she is a part of the bride and groom’s big day but if you can’t handle the pressure of fast paced multi-tasking, then the bride won’t be the only one having a breakdown at her wedding. You have to make sure the bride and groom are happy, you have to book the venue, get the flowers, make sure the cake gets to the wedding, make sure every guest is at the wedding, and so, so much more. What an exhausting job? While most planners crack under the pressure, you have are decisive and capable to deal with any disaster. You really have to be a people person to have this career day in and day out.
As a wedding planner you also have to keep the budget intact. This can be a hard thing to do when the bride and groom are adding extra expenses to the wedding that they can't afford. You can reel them in and come to some sort of compromise. To be a great wedding planner you not only have to have a way with people but you need to be educated by The American Association of Certified Wedding Planners in every aspect of wedding planning. You'll learn how to be detail oriented, organized, how to please your customers, and other ways to keep a wedding running smoothly. You may learn everything you can from this program but nothing prepares you more then having the real experience.
18. Special Effects Make Up Artist
You know you’ve hit the big time if you’re the special effects make up artist for a big budget movie. Starting out with this dream job is no easy task as you start off with little jobs here and there, and you may have to face the fact that you’ll never hit the big time. When you do become successful, you'll work long and grueling hours creating props as well as fixing props that have been damaged while filming. It can be a stressful job because the movie is on a timeline, and you have to meet certain deadlines in order to bring the movie to life. You may be standing on your feet for long amounts of time. It may be a lot of hard work, but it's all worth it when you see your special effects and makeup in a film you were a part of.
To become a special effects makeup artist you need to find training for this field in your area. If not, places like NYC and LA are where you need to be to start your career. You do have the choice of learning on your own, but there's something from a training program that can only enhance your art. However you learn, your training needs to result in high quality work so you can get a job. Detail and realistic work is key to a successful makeup as well as special effects. Professionals are looking for quality and not quantity when they choose your work for fashion shows, hair competitions, theatre, movies and so much more.
19. Judge
Sure it may all seem glamorized on court TV but it’s no easy dream job in reality as you are deciding the fate of the people who walk into your courtroom. Day after day you see people come in and out of your courtroom and it’s starting to take its toll on you as you begin to question what you’re really fighting for, justice for all? You can lose hope that the world is a great place to live in. Overwhelmed and overworked you might not be the best person to be deciding someone's fate. You need to be able to deal with people no matter how unruly they are. The most important part of this job being able to be decisive.
As a judge you wear a black robe and are able to think analytically, critically, impartially, and with common sense. You also need a law degree as well as experience in this field to become a judge. You conduct your business in an open court and hear all the witnesses and evidence presented by both parties. You asses the credibility and arguments of both sides. In the end you come to a decision by your own personal judgement. Ultimately the jury decides who is guilty and not guilty but if the judge feels this judgement is not right, he or she will intervene.
20. Photographer
Traveling the world and capturing moments on film sounds glamorous to anyone, but you know you’ve really been a success when you’re photographing for National Geographic. This dream job requires you to get down into the elements of the Earth no matter how unpredictable they maybe to capture something unforgettable on film. Sunburn, pneumonia, and other sicknesses are easy to get when you're constantly working in the outdoors. You can also injure yourself when you climb a mountain to get that perfect shot. As a photographer you need to be careful and aware of your surroundings. Who knows when you'll come face to face with a grizzly bear and have to run for your life?
You can be a a professional photographer where you take pictures for money or a amateur photographer that captures photos on film for the pure pleasure of recording an event, emotion, place, and people. As a professional you work for a newspaper, weddings, graduations, advertisements, and so much more. Being an amateur means taking pictures for contests for prize money and the occasional picture in a magazine. Landscape, still life, portraiture are ways a photographer can capture photographs. Street, documentary, fashion, wedding, war, photojournalism, aviation, and commercial photography are some of the subjects you can choose to capture with your camera. Whatever type of photography you concentrate on, it's important to love what you do despite how far from glamourous the job is for you.

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