Woman Swaps Her Job As A Funeral Director To Become A Professional Mermaid
If you're struggling with your job at the start of a new week, perhaps you're thinking of a change of career? Well, here's the story of a woman who gave up life as a funeral director to become a professional mermaid.
If that seems strange to you, then you're not the only one, but this is now the life that 28-year-old Jasmine Seales from Basingstoke now leads.
After seeing a performing mermaid at Bestival on the Isle of Wight a while back, she ditched sticking the recently departed under the ground for sticking herself under the water.
You've got to admit, it's a more uplifting career choice.
Jasmine said her previous job got her so down and that she would frequently 'end up crying' because she'd have to deal with families stricken with grief after the loss of a loved one.
So, she decided to pack it all in and become a mermaid.
You might be wondering how exactly one makes that dramatic career 180. Well, it ain't easy, that's for sure.
She has to train for hours at a time and has since learned to hold her breath for an impressive two minutes and 35 seconds underwater.
Wearing a costume that includes a full tail made from 'dragon skin platinum silicone' - whatever that is - she works at festivals, birthday parties, and basically whatever event can afford to pay her up to £100 ($120) per hour.
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Obviously they'll need a pool as well.
Jasmine, who suffers from fibromyalgia, said she was so inspired by seeing a mermaid performer at Bestival that she knew she had to become a mermaid herself.
She said: "There was a girl there doing displays and it just looked really interesting.
"I got speaking to her and I thought 'why not give it a go?' It has been a life-changing decision."
It's tough work, but rewarding. On top of the displays at events and glamourous photo-shoots, she also has to put in the hard yards training in the pool and learning to control her breathing.
Despite the rigours of the job, she added: "I'll do it until it puts me in a wheelchair."
She explained: "I train once or twice a week and just being in the water in general really helps [keep] my body in check.
"When training, you have to learn how to control your breathing and your heart rate to be able to perform underwater for prolonged periods of time.
"At first, it feels pretty unnatural, but the more you do it you become used to it."
The niche sport is quickly gathering popularity in the UK after taking hold in the USA in recent years. In fact, Jasmine recently competed in the Miss Mermaid UK pageant.
She said: "It has just been so much fun and it's a really creative thing to do."
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