Jobless, Divorced, Overweight Dude Lands Sweet $250K-a-Year-Gig
Sometimes, life kicks you down and you don’t feel like getting up. Take Thaddeus Kalinoski for instance – his wife left him AND he lost his job, leaving him in a very dark place.
But even the darkest clouds have their proverbial silver lining. After Kalinoski let himself go, he came face-to-face with the man he became – and used it to his advantage.
Looking at his heavier, unshaven mug in the mirror, he realized that he looked like Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) from the Vegas comedy “The Hangover”. With his unkempt hair and mountain man beard, people started to take notice.
After getting enough “You look like Alan from The Hangover” comments, Kalinoski decided to cash in on his new look. When he took to his act to Las Vegas, it was like throwing a match into a pool of gasoline.
Sporting a get-up identical to the character from the movie, he became instantly recognizable by both locals and tourists.
Kalinoski turned himself into a viral hit – today, people from all over the world pay top dollar to hang out with him.
What I admire from this enterprising dude is that he pulled a classic Alpha Male move when he hit his rock bottom.
Instead of giving up and resigning himself to a mediocre life, Kalinoski took his unique talents and used it to turn his situation around.
Sure, not all of us will probably end up as a highly-paid celebrity lookalike, but that’s beside the point. Whatever circumstances you’re in right now, you can learn a little something from Mr. Not-Zach-Galifianakis:
He Takes His Livelihood Seriously
Kalinoski doesn’t just show up and expect his clients to do all the work. When he knew his look could be a thing, he decided to fully immerse himself in his new role.
Like an actor, he’s always in character when he’s “on the clock”. It may not look like it, but he’s a total professional under that party animal persona.