Reality TV show: Jersey Shore (2009-2012)
Hear us out on this one: While the Jersey Shore star hasn't technically bid adieu to the reality game, there's no denying that the the Rhode Island DJ has milked his airtime for all that it's worth, his career reaching shocking new heights as a result. Over the past few years, we've watched him go from spinning sets at sad Seaside bars to getting tapped to open for Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on tour, getting signed by 50 Cent, and landing gigs and residencies at some of the country's most prestigious venues.
It's anyone's guess as to how the remainder of the cast will get hired once they're off the air, but this GTL enthusiast has definitely laid the foundation for a feasible post-show professional life. Now that beats making lame college campus appearances to pay the bills.