By Christopher Maughan
For a guy who’s never had a real job, Cameron Hughes does pretty well.
He lives in a home by the beach in Venice, Calif. He’s been spotted at A-list parties hobnobbing with movie stars and pro athletes. And he usually gets to travel across the continent once or twice a month.
All this, and Hughes will tell you he’s never worked a day in his life. Actually, he does depend on a regular paycheque; it’s just that what he does to earn it can’t really be considered work.
Hughes, 35, is a professional sports fan. He gets paid by teams to do what a lot of us do for fun. He goes to a game and cheers his lungs out until the crowd around him is doing the same. He’s been doing this for 10 years, and he got his professional start in Toronto in 1996, cheering for the Maple Leafs.
He reluctantly admits the job pays really well. “I’ll make anywhere from $1,250 to $3,000 a night,” he says.
“Everybody has a talent,” says Hughes. “Mine is being kind of crazy and knowing how to work a crowd. I can’t draw, and I can’t play music, but I can get a crowd going.”
Make no mistake: Hughes isn’t a mascot or a cheerleader. He has no costume or props, and he sits in the cheap seats like a regular Joe.