There are many more ways to make money these days than it seems like there were just a few decades ago. Traditional 9-to-5 jobs are becoming less and less standard as jobs that were once thought of as unique, or exceptions, are becoming more mainstream. For example, people are now able to earn a full-time income doing things like blogging, ridesharing, renting out bedrooms in their home, or even by posting regularly on Instagram--all they have to do is get real followers, post regularly, and engage their audience. There’s no longer a standard to what a good job looks like; many different opportunities are open to everyone.

One industry that many have dreamed of getting into is the entertainment industry, more specifically, the film and movie portion. For years and years kids of dreamed of starring in films alongside or in place of their favorite celebrities, and with the industry being worth $286.17 billion, there’s a lot of potential for money to be made, but becoming an A-list actor or actress isn’t very easy. But as things have evolved and more and more unique job opportunities have opened up, there have become more ways to get involved in the entertainment industry besides becoming a famous actor. For example, even just watching movies and TV shows can open up job opportunities.

If you’re a movie and TV show fanatic and are interested in turning your passion into your career, here are seven of the top ways you can do just that:

1. Join the National Consumer Panel

The National Consumer Panel is a panel of everyday consumers strewn throughout the US. The panelists are asked for opinions and data on products, experiences, and even movies and TV shows that is then relayed back to manufacturers and retailers so that they can improve the shopping and buying experience for all of their customers. While giving input that will change experiences for the better is great, the National Consumer Panel also offers rewards for the time and information that panelists share with them. The rewards can range from physical items to gift cards that are as good as cash. 

2. Keep Up With Netflix

Netflix is not only a great platform for binging your favorite shows and watching new movies that are uploaded each month, but it can also be a great way to earn money too. Netflix has job positions open throughout the entire world, some of which require that you watch a show or movie. By getting a coveted job working for Netflix doing something like tagging, you can justify some weekend and weeknight binges. 

3.  Start a Review Blog

84 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as they do a personal recommendation, making reviews an extremely important and powerful part of our world today. If you love watching shows and movies, then you can turn that love into some cash by starting a review blog business and regularly posting reviews that people can read before deciding whether or not they want to take the time and spend the money to see the latest blockbuster. 

4.  Use Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a site that has you shop online, watch videos, do searches, respond to surveys, and earn points. With those points, you can then get gift cards to retailers like PayPal, Amazon, and Walmart, so it’s as good as having cash. All you have to do to get started is set up a profile; then you can start watching videos and providing feedback in exchange for points that can be redeemed for money.

5.  Download Viggle

Viggle is an app that lets you earn points while watching TV or streaming shows through Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. You earn one point per minute you watch and can even engage with friends and enjoy a social experience. Once you have enough points earned up, you can cash them in for prizes and rewards, giving your binge sessions and TV hours a little more purpose than just entertainment. 

6.  Become a Closed Captioner 

Closed captioning is important. Although many who don’t have hearing impairments may find them obnoxious, those who are hearing impaired rely on them to be able to enjoy their favorite shows. If you’re a quick typer and want to do something that will make a difference, why not look into becoming a closed captioner? You’ll have the chance to watch your favorite shows and movies while typing up the text, and you’ll earn money in the process. 

7.  Work at a Movie Theater

Although it may not be an ideal career for someone with a lot of bills and a family, working at a movie theater can be a fun side job, job to do while in school, or part-time job for movie enthusiasts. While some may think that streaming services have made movie theaters obsolete, the truth is that 1,351,442,001 tickets have been sold this year alone.

In Conclusion

Few things compare to the satisfaction of watching a good show or a movie with your favorite treats and snacks, but it can sometimes be hard to find the time to sit down and enjoy a film when you have a full-time job and other responsibilities you need to worry about. So, why not make watching movies your full-time job instead? Thanks to technology, there are plenty of ways that you can make money watching your favorite shows and movies, even in the comfort of your own home.

What TV show or movie do you wish you could be paid to binge watch?

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