Even though the president of the flight attendant union has come out in support of Steven Slater‘s keeping his job (requiring some sort of mental gymnastics I simply can’t fathom), there is a shot the temporarily famous flight attendant may have to freshen up his resume. The odds that he’ll get a gig in Hollywood seem low, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get a fantastic gig with its unappreciated cousin: commercials.
Slater, if he can keep the hype around him pumped up for a while longer, might be able to turn his JetBlue flight meltdown into another 15 minutes of fame, though reality suggests this won’t happen. Who cares about the odds he’ll actually make some big cash on this? Let’s take a look at five commercial/spokesman jobs that would be perfect for this particular disgruntled flight attendant.
[Image: AP Foto/Louis Lanzano]My thoughts:
1. Monster: I’d love to see Slate shilling for the job search website, especially since he should probably spend some time there. In fact, if I can see building a YouTube reality series around his job hunt, which could bring some viral love to Monster. Of course, this probably isn’t going to happen.
2. Resort industry: Imagine that crazy smile surrounded by the words: “Need a vacation?” Do the math on that one. Especially since people are increasingly unlikely to take their vacation time, I can see some serious potential with this idea.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
3. Beer: The Hollywood Reporter calls this a natural fit, “given that he had a cold one before his exit from the plane”
4. Service companies: Michael Priem, CEO of USDM.net notes an opportunity for service companies to use Slater as a spokesman. That could work, depending on how it’s spun. USDM.net is an agency that works with airlines, hotels and other travel industry companies. Says Priem, “He could show how painful it is to be in the wait line for a cell phone carrier or sit at a service center that frustrates us.”
5. Famous angry guy: Angela Farrell, at marketing firm MSCO, suggests using Slater as a controversial judge on “American Idol.” That could work … for half an episode, if Slater still matters by the time the ink dries on the contract.