5 Financial Tips I Learned From Watching MTV’s The Jersey Shore

MTV has struck on a HUGE wave with their hit TV series, Jersey Shore. Launched on December of 2009, it showcased a group composed of 8 Guidos or Italian-Americans as housemates in Jersey Shore, New Jersey in the US. Through a 24/7 live cameras; it follows the day to day life of the housemates. And, just like the stock market, it has its requisite highs and lows along with the crash and burn.

 

The first season (or wave) struck gold with ratings. The second season likewise followed. And, to date, with the show being aired in Italy, continue to do well in the TV viewer’s game.

 

The show’s 8 cast members were composed of 4 females or Guidette’s and 4 males or Guido’s. They seemed a mismatch but what do you know? They became instant celebrities with the show’s hit ratings.

 

In the age old adage of “What’s in it for me (WIIFM)?” I say let’s take a closer look at what we can gain from the show. Or rather, what we can shore up so we can also profit from Jersey Shore. Since its been getting a sea of viewers, let’s name at least 5 ways with which we can up our finances from it.

 

Wave 1 – KNOW YOUR TALENT

 

Simple, right? With Jersey Shore, when the producers decided on the show’s theme, they came up with people that they know will give life to that particular theme. A reality based show that will introduce new people with real life problems and situations. They got newcomers, unknowns in the biz, those that ordinary viewers can identify with.

 

That is the same in any profit venture. If I aim to make money, then I need to know what I’m good at and use it to full capacity. If I’m good at looking good, which is what some of the housemates in Jersey Shore is really good at, then that’s what I’m going to use. The most obvious jobs may then be as artists, models, guest relations officer, or those that involve media and marketing.

 

Wave 2 – INVEST IN YOUR TALENT

 

Customers or employers have to be shown what you can offer. In order to be noticed, among all the others, you always have to be better. That may be with your looks, your talent or skills. It means investing money or putting in money to get a higher value for whatever you’re offering. For some, that may mean going to school to get degrees and certifications.


 

For others, that means buying beauty enhancers to look even better. And for some, it means additional tools much like a guitarist will buy an expensive guitar to play really well. In Jersey Shore, the housemates have made it their business to look good. Most of them are into getting their bodies tanned and toned. They put time and effort into being beautiful or good-looking because their job being on camera to generate those ratings demands it.

 

Wave 3 – DO RESEARCH


 

Once you have your talent or your skills down pat, you need to know who to go to in order to apply or sell your services or skills. Just like in Jersey Shore, the housemates were of the young age group and so the show was targeted towards that time slot where the producers feel it has the most viewers. And, it worked.

 

If I wish to be a model, singer, or artist, I’d first look for a manager to represent me. If I’m selling a commodity, I’d look for a venue with which to best sell it. Knowing as much as you can about whatever business you’re going into will help you a lot.

 

Wave 4 – ADVERTISE

 

Tweet, blog, shout and put the word out. Make people or employer notice you. Jersey Shore’s radio and TV ads are expensive but well worth it. For individuals wanting to earn, it may mean contacting the local agencies, blogging or posting on social networks.

 

Wave 5 – WORK HARD

 

And, of course, work hard. Even if it means getting up with a hangover, tears, a black eye, heartache or a bruised body, do what you’ve got to do to earn. The housemates of Jersey Shore did that again and again. They stand in front of the camera, buzzed out, tired from the everyday drama but on and on and on. The housemates have seen the numbers (ratings, earnings, commission) pile up. You will, too.

 

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Comments

  1. shopping2saving says:

    Hmmmm… not so sure they worked "HARD" for the amount of money and publicity they got out of the show, but the show certainly taught me that I am so glad I don't have to spend money on tanning because they sure tan a lot!!! Also I am grateful that I have a washing machine and dryer so I don't have to spend that much on laundry haha.

  2. I think that your attitude is great, pulling some fun relationships out of what must be a terrible show (never seen it myself). I think your number 5 is always going to be what separates the winners from the also-rans. Working hard is hard work! One of my favorate quotes is "hard work beats talent when talent won't work hard." You may have a natural aptitude for something, but as the book Talent is Overrated points out, hard work and dedication can close and even exceed the gap. Of course the remainder of your points are great too, and all can apply to almost any situation.

  3. Great lessons. I thinking knowing yourself and your talents is huge. A few years ago I went through a big personal growth and exploration phase and really found out who I was, what my strengths were along with my weaknesses. This knowledge has given me so much power. I now know how to play up my talents and strengths in a way that helps me. I also know how to minimize my weaknesses. My life is doing 100% better as a result.

    • That's what growth is all about Miss T. Do you have any tips for someone looking to grow into a better person?

      • Being realistic with yourself is definitely a must. You are never going to be able to be everything. Be ok with relying on others and telling others they have strengths that you can use.

        Also, don't react. I used to a an overly reactive person which just caused more turmoil. When you don't react, you can diffuse disagreements and tension fast. Remember you are in control of how you respond to a situation.

        • Great tips. My personality type is naturally argumentative so I love debating. I had to learn to let people be wrong or right in order to effectively lead. It took me a long time to learn how to win friends and influence people. I agree with you. One must be realistic and know how to work within their strengths and weaknesses.

          • Great advice from Miss T. I like the idea of learning to be less of a reactive person, and I would also add learning to withhold judgement. I have a bad habit of wanting to dismiss people or ideas as stupid right away. That gets you nowhere. Just take it in and see what you can learn from others. Don't feel the need to immediately brand something with your opinions and proclamations. Of course, I still do this all the time :)

  4. I've got to say that I have never seen the show, but I really like your analogies and creativity!

    • I have to make a dull topic fun to enjoy in some way shape or form :-). Trust me, the show isn't worth watching. It's one of those shows you watch after a hangover and you don't feel like getting up and getting the remote control which is 3ft away.

      • Yeah I think that's the only time I've ever watched the show and to be honest I think I may be somewhat less intelligent by association.

        Honestly its great for the Guido's and Guidette's they were able to get lucky and strike it rich from this trash. The ones I feel sorry for are the millions out there who actually watched the show and made them so famous.

        • hahah.. yea it's not one of the most educational shows. Unless you're trying to learn how to tan consistently, do laundry and kill your kidneys.

  5. Good lessons! Especially about invest in your talent. Talent needs to be developed but development is impossible without at least some investment.

    I still cannot believe that you watch that show. What do you find in it? I saw Snooki's interview once on TV. Listened for about thirty seconds and that was enough. No more! No more!

    • I must admit I haven't watched much of this season. I think it was because it's the same stuff just a different toilet. Also, I can only watch so many train wrecks before I get immune to it.

  6. It's funny how you can find so many cool links between a show I despise and characteristics of business that I love.

    It goes to show if you look, you can glean useful information from ANYWHERE.

    • Why do you despise the show? What do you have against the gym, tanning and laundry?

      • You said it EXACTLY! I hate tanning, you won't find my flabby body within 100 miles of a gym, and laundry is for wimps. Just rinse the stains out and wear it again…..that's how I roll. Or not.

        Maybe I'm just a little jealous that Snooky (Snookie?) is now a millionaire and I'm not quite there yet.

  7. I think I read that they got paid almost nothing for the first season. I hope they negotiated a bit more this time around…

    Fortunately, I've only seen about 15 minutes of one episode but I'm glad you were able to extract something of value from it :)

  8. I have heard a lot about Jersey Shore but have never seen it. I was wondering what you might have learned. Hopefully these individuals have learned to set aside some money from the show because the next wave will replace them sooner than they think.

    • I agree. These individuals may have a very short entertainment life if they do not play their cards right. But, it seems they came along during the right time. People love reality T.V. now. You don't need talent, you just need mass appeal.

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