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"She was born in a small town, but she must move to the big city to become some kind of journalist or own a bakery or work vaguely in fashion. Now, she's a successful career girl striving to be the best version of some generic profession that doesn't need too much explanation for a general audience."

Still at loss about what to do with your life? Fret not - if you happen to find yourself in a romance/comedy/romantic comedy, you can follow this easy counselling guide for career enlightement. You do need a job, or you won't be able to afford the lifestyle that allows for luxurious abodes while spending most days solely mulling over romantic entanglements. But narrowing down the job options is very easy:

Want to show your nurturing side? Become a doctor (especially if male) or a teacher (especially if female), to land an infinitely secure, respectable and satisfying job. Those jobs are character shorthand that tell every potential suitor that you are caring and non-threatening, adept at looking after others, i.e. good spouse/family-making material - essential qualities in Rom Com.

Want to be creative? Become anything where a normal person has miniscule opportunities to make an actual living - a photographer, illustrator, writer, designer of stuff, or choose one of the more creative jobs in media. You will still be guaranteed unprecedented success, big promotions and/or rave reviews. Even if you're currently a starving artist who is still waiting for the breakthrough or just lazy, remember you're super talented and have unlimited potential! And the love of your life you've just met will thrust you in the right direction.

Cooking has enough creative elements to be applicable. As a bonus, it handily offers opportunities for romantic gestures - like creating meals in unusual locations - and hints to your special someone that you are family-ready. If you're a man you should be a chef; if you're a woman try something smaller and cuter, like cupcakes. If you'd rather not physically create something yourself, become a hanger-on to the cultured and creative: try event planning, advertising/PR, music business, doing stuff at an art gallery, or running your own artsy corner shop.

Creative jobs are useful in the Rom Com world, as they have a cool and glamorous ring to them, yet sound like there could be a decent expected income to support your prospective family. They have vague job descriptions and irregular hours which free you for the romance, and you get a chance to meet a variety of colorful characters (especially at places like art galleries and little corner shops). It doesn't hurt here that the typical writer-creator of the Rom Com world can pour in some of their insight of the creative business.

Want money? Become a high-flying exec of an unspecified corporate entity or a lawyer without a good cause. This is character shorthand for you being a type-A workaholic who's married to their job and a total sell-out. Therefore, be prepared to change jobs ASAP to prove your creative or nurturing side (see: options 1 and 2) to your laidback love interest, as currently you work for Evil. Remember, if you're too good and efficient at what you do, bad things will follow, like dying.

So go ahead, pursue your chosen job, opportunities are practically endless! (Restrictions may apply.)

Compare with Stock Superhero Day Jobs and Occupation Tropes. See also Most Writers Are Writers, One-Hour Work Week, Starving Artist, Love Tropes, Romantic Comedy.


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Web Video:

     Cooks & Chefs 

Live Action TV:

     Doctors of Medicine 

     Event Planners 

     Creative Media Jobs: Film, TV and Radio 

     Creative Media Jobs: Print 

Live Action TV:

  • Charmed - she works as an advice columnist

     Music Biz Jobs 

     Non-Media Creative Jobs 

Live Action TV:

  • Charmed - Prue works as a photographer, as well as an art curator
  • Whitney - she is a photographer

     Shop Owners 


Live Action TV:

     The Rom Com Job Complete Set 
  • Korean romantic comedy Marriage Blue is a Hyperlink Story about four couples all on the verge of marriage. Among the jobs these people hold are chef, flower shop owner, baseball coach, wedding planner, manicurist, theme park performer, and comic book writer/artist.
  • He's Just Not That into You: Gigi, Janine, Beth, and Ben all work unspecified office jobs (though it's implied that Ben works at some sort of talent agency and that Beth works in marketing), Conor is a real estate agent, Anna is a yoga instructor and singer, and Mary works in the advertising department of a local newspaper.

Live Action TV:

  • Friends - Ross is a college teacher, Rachel works in fashion, Monica is a chef, Chandler becomes a copywriter, Phoebe is a masseuse and a quirky singer, Mike gives up being a lawyer to become a professional pianist, Joey is an actor.
  • How I Met Your Mother - Lily is a teacher turned art buyer, Marshall is an environmental lawyer, Robin works for TV, Ted is an architect (and a college teacher!). Ted's love interests include a pastry chef, a doctor, a bass player who studies economics to solve the world poverty (The Mother). Robin dates two TV anchors, and both Barney and Ted date two of Robin's colleagues from the TV station - Nora and Becky. Barney becomes a professional blogger. Even Blah Blah was a handbag designer.
  • Sex and the City - Carrie is a writer; Samantha is a PR person; Charlotte runs an art gallery. As a subversion, Miranda is a lawyer, yet she doesn't have to give up her career for a man.
  • Gilmore Girls - Lorelai runs a historical inn, Luke owns a bistro, Rory is a journalist, Jess joins a small publishing house and writes, Sookie is a chef, Jackson grows fruit and vegetables; Logan probably ends up working for his family business, which involves newspaper and media. Lorelai also dated Max Medina, a teacher. Paris owns a fertility clinic (she's a doctor and a lawyer), Doyle is a screenwriter (they met when working for Daily Yale News; despite their glorious Rom Com jobs, they are getting divorced in the revival miniseries.)

Live Action TV:
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine, "Greg & Larry": Amy and Charles watch 27 Dresses on a plane. It's supposed to be a distraction to keep Amy from spiralling, but she can't focus.
    Charles: You okay?
    Amy: Yeah, yeah. I'm just so into the movie, you know, really worried about Katherine Heigl and her dressmaking business.
    Charles: I'm sorry, dressmaking business?
    Amy: Her architecture firm? Her cupcake bakery. The magazine she edits?
    Charles: Jane is the executive assistant to an outdoor lifestyle entrepreneur. You're not even watching!


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Black Widow Rom Com

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