Do They Have Real Jobs?
For some, it’s unnecessary. “Elite” players, says an insider, rake in “upwards of $80,000” just for showing up, while other vets get anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 per week. (Newbies get $1,000 for each week they last.) “The ones who don’t often get cast can hold down a normal job,” says Sorbello, while others cash in on part-time work such as bartending. As for Sorbello, she teaches kickboxing when she’s back in Montana: “Even if I don’t need to work, I prefer to.” In his freetime, Kosinski started the Challenge Mania podcast, where he and his cohost bring on Challenge vets to discuss the game.Back to top