Everybody likes making money, and celebrities aren’t exempt from that. While celebs are most known for their main job–whether as an actor or a musician–they often find other ways to make money on the side. And, usually, these side jobs take them way beyond their comfort zone or where we as fans expect them to go.
Some of these gigs are innocent and geared toward children. Others require no skill at all where celebs earn big bucks just for making an appearance at a night club. Still others seem like real dream jobs for these celebrities. Whatever the case, actors and musicians who focus on these side jobs earn a lot more money from their careers if the venture is successful.
Read on for our list of eight popular celebrity side jobs and the celebrities who have chosen them. You’ll notice that a few celebrities, such as Drew Barrymore and George Clooney, are mentioned more than once.
8. Children’s Books – Jamie Lee Curtis, Billy Crystal and Others
Usually when you think of a trend in the celebrity world, it has something to do with alcohol, drugs and other controversies. But, this trendy celebrity side job is much different than that. Many celebrities have started writing children’s books. One of the most successful of these is scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. While she is most known for her roles in horror movies like Halloween and Prom Night, she’s made quite a name for herself in the children’s book world in recent years. She’s had 10 books released since 1993, including the popular Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day.
Jamie Lee isn’t the only one writing kid’s books, though. Billy Crystal, Julianne Moore, Steve Martin, Tori Spelling and other celebrities have chosen this fun side job. All new generations can get to know them through their books.
7. Alcohol Brands – Dan Aykroyd, Drew Barrymore and Others
There’s something classy about high-end alcohol–or at least that’s what the commercials want us to think. So, it’s not surprising that celebrities would jump on the alcohol bandwagon. While some celebs merely endorse alcohol, others have actually started their own brands. For instance, Dan Aykroyd is the co-founder and part-owner of Crystal Head Vodka. Not only has the vodka–which comes in a bottle in the shape of a skull–won many awards, it’s also the official vodka of The Rolling Stones.
Drew Barrymore also started her own brand. She launched Barrymore Wines in 2012 and it won gold at the Le Challenge International du Vin in France. Other celebrities with their own alcohol include Justin Timberlake‘s 901 Tequila, George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila and Bethenny Frankel‘s Skinnygirl Cocktails.
6. Beauty Brands – Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba and Others
You generally wouldn’t equate acting, modeling or music with a vast knowledge of beauty and skincare products. Yet, celebrities often come out with their own beauty brands as a side job from their main career. Sure, many actors and singers come out with their own perfumes, but here, we’re talking about full beauty lines created by a celebrity. One good example is Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. The skin care line capitalizes on the fact that the former supermodel hasn’t seemed to age in the last few decades.
Other celebrity beauty brands include Jessica Alba‘s The Honest Company, Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty and the Kardashians’ Kardashian Beauty.
5. Hoteliers – Bono and The Edge, Robert De Niro and Others
Have you ever wanted to own your own hotel? There are a handful of celebrities that have answered “Yes!” to that question. In this instance, there’s a bit of prestige to being a hotelier. You can be known for providing a decadent hotel experience for your guests, and Bono and The Edge from U2 are one of many who want that responsibility. They co-own The Clarence Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, a 49-room hotel. Robert De Niro owns The Greenwich Hotel, an 88-room hotel located in Manhattan that has revitalized the neighbourhood.
4. Commercial Voice-Overs – David Duchovny, George Clooney and Others
Imagine making a ton of money and not even having to worry about what you look like. Normally, celebrities have to be dressed and made-up heavily when they do their acting jobs. But, when they do voice acting, it can be a casual–and lucrative–affair. While you may not have noticed, plenty of celebrities do voice-acting for TV commercials. David Duchovny–known best for The X-Files–is one of the most prolific commercial voice actors. You can hear his voice in commercials for Sprint and Pedigree, to name a few.
There are dozens more celebrities who do commercial voice-acting–this is a popular side job! The next time you’re watching commercials, listen for George Clooney, John Goodman, Martin Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, Queen Latifah and others.
3. Night Club Appearances – Jay Z, Cher and Others
What if you could make money just by showing up at a night club? While the average Joe couldn’t pull off that kind of gig, there are many celebrities who cash in on night club appearances. It’s essentially like the celebrity saying, “Yeah, I’ll come to your party…for a price.” The types of celebrities that go for this side job varies greatly. Mostly you hear about C-list celebrities that don’t have much going on otherwise. For instance, Snooki charges around $25,000 for a night club appearance, and Kim Kardashian gets anywhere from $50,000 to $500,000.
While it’s not as common, big-name celebrities also make appearances. Jay Z reportedly charges $1 million for an appearance while a club could shell out $1.5 million for Cher to walk through the doors. Other big names that will show up for a whopping fee include Elton John, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera.
2. Video Game Voice-Acting – Ellen Page, Seth Green and Others
While actors have been doing voice work for commercials for decades, it’s only recently that celebrities have been voicing video games. They create the interesting and moving voices of characters in the games, and you often get to play as those characters. A good example of this is Ellen Page‘s work on Beyond: Two Souls. Not only did she provide the voice for one of the main characters–alongside Willem Dafoe–she also did motion capture for the game. In the end, the character looked and sounded exactly like Ellen.
Other actors have done voices for video game characters as well. You can hear Seth Green in the Mass Effect series, Liam Neeson in Fallout 3 and Patrick Stewart in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, for instance.
1. Fashion Lines – Gwen Stefani, Sean Combs and Others
There’s something very prestigious about an expensive and sought-after fashion line. To see people walking down the street wearing the dress, handbag or high-heeled shoes that you designed must feel very powerful. That’s probably why so many celebrities decide to get in the fashion business. While Gwen Stefani‘s main job is as the lead singer of No Doubt and a successful solo artist, she’s also had quite a bit of success with her fashion line, L.A.M.B. It debuted in 2003 and makes about $90 million annually.