Created By: wuggles on July 12, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on May 17, 2018

Get A Real Job

Artists are not seen as having real jobs.

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Alice is trying to be an artist, but her parents don't approve. They don't see that as a real job. They . If her parents are portrayed positively, they may just be concerned that she will become a Starving Artist. Negative portrayals usually portray the parents as being biased and wanting their children to be just like them. It commonly is some sort of fine arts related job such as art, music or drama, but it can be sports. Ways this can be used:

  1. Alice gets straight A's in school but throws it all away to do this job, or drops out to get this job.
  2. Both her parents lawyers and want her to be one too.
  3. Can be used as Sibling Rivalry, in that Alice may not want to be a lawyer but her brother Bob does.

This is Truth in Television in many cultures.


Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • July 12, 2011
    An ad for Cartoon Network a while back had the animated Ami and Yumi form Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi playing on the street, only for Bloo (of Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends) walk up to them and nonchalantly take their money. When they protest, he replies, "Get a real job!"

    Sorry... only one I could think of.
  • July 12, 2011
    Sounds more like a complaint about a real-world prejudice, or perceived prejudice, rather than an actual trope.
  • July 12, 2011
    If we keep the current name, we should expand it beyond artists.
  • July 12, 2011
    College students are often considered to not have a real job, despite the fact that many hold jobs as well as going to school. Plus, depending on the courses taken, it can be very very hard to do all the work.
  • July 13, 2011
    An episode of The Office had Pam "pranking" Jim by going along with his brothers' belittling of her artistic aspirations through the use of this trope. It was just as painful as it sounds.
  • May 16, 2018
    Live Action TV
    • In The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, Andrew originally aspired to be a novelist, presumably in the vein of Evelyn Waugh. Unfortunately for him, his beloved father did not support this dream, and thus Andrew turned to more profitable ventures, like prostitution and serial murder.
  • May 16, 2018
    The title looks like a Stock Phrase to me—anyone agree?
  • May 16, 2018
    • The Jacksfilms video Youtube Is Not A Job is about Jack getting into an argument with some of his peers who don't consider him to have a real job because he makes Youtube videos for a living.
  • May 17, 2018
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Changed * to # to auto-number a list.
    • Created Examples section.
  • May 17, 2018
    Besides, we have Fantasy Forbidding Father already.
  • May 17, 2018
    ^ that's restricted to fantastic cases, and fathers.
  • May 17, 2018
    ^ Tropes Are Flexible. The sizable Real Life section on that page has both non-fantasy and non-father examples.
  • May 17, 2018
    In The Goldbergs, Bev and Murray are upset that Erica quit college to form a rock band. Murray, in particular, orders her to look on the classifieds for a job.
  • May 17, 2018
    ^^ does that cover jobs?
  • May 17, 2018
    @Amour Mitts, since this draft was made around the time when NNSP was implemented, and was abandoned for years until now, this needs a good fixing, and is completely grabbable.