This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
It's many people's childhood dream: spend the day donning a mermaid tail, swimming in a pool, and looking completely glamorous. But No. 1, that job is less flashy than you'd think, and No. 2, you can make big bucks if you can handle the chlorine and long hours wearing a heavy fin.
Bloomberg Businessweek took a deep dive into the entrepreneurial endeavor of being a mermaid and spoke with a number of people who have made it big in the industry, whether it's actually wearing the tail, taking photos of the mermaids, producing the fins, or building the tanks for mermaid shows.