The Poker Pro

Name

Roland de Wolfe

Age

28

Where

London

How much do you get paid?

I’ve won £2m in the past couple of years. It’s a nice living.

How did you get into it?

I worked at a gambling magazine and wanted to know more about poker so I got to know the players. It went from there.

What are the hours like?

I average three hours a day. If it’s a tournament you keep to tournament hours, if it’s online then I play when I like.

Describe your average working day

If I’m not in a tournament I get up at about 1pm. Then I watch some sports on TV, see some friends and maybe play online or go to a casino. If it’s a tournament then we play from noon till 9pm in America and 3pm till midnight in Europe.

What are your co-workers like?

There are some real ‘live-by-the-sword’ types, but there are a lot of serious grinders, too. We have a good laugh.

What’s the best perk?

There’s a freedom of time and thought – I choose my own hours and think about money differently to most people.

What causes you the most hassle?

Trying to keep a positive state of mind – it’s vital to try and stay in good shape physically and mentally – but it’s difficult.

What was your worst experience?

I’ve had days where I’ve lost six-figure sums and that’s not fun. But you lose $100,000 and the next day you start again. Play with a bit of edge and you’ll always be down.

Is your job good for meeting women?

I suppose so, but it’s not amazing – and if you’re in Vegas, say, it’s not really the place to meet lots of intelligent folk..

What was your dream job?

I wanted to be a footballer. Now, though, thinking about the lifestyle I get playing poker, I think this is probably better.

The Life Model

Name

Simon Lewis

Age

35

Where

London

How much do you get paid?

Between a tenner and £40 an hour for private classes.

How did you get into it?

I was at drama school and shared a house with a life model. She convinced me to give it a go.

What are the hours like?

It can be anything from 9am to 5pm at the colleges or 6pm to 9pm at evening classes. But there are plenty of breaks.

Describe your average working day

I do a mixture of classes – anything but the really serious stuff. When I’m doing a pose I could be thinking about anything: sometimes it’s almost like yogic meditation, other times I’m imagining the women who are there being naked..

What are your co-workers like?

The only ones I know are female models that I pose with, which is great – I’m next to a naked woman for an hour.

What’s the best perk?

Being immortalised in a work of art! Plus, having an 18-year-old girl tell you, at 35, that you look great is amazing.

What causes you the most hassle?

Artists who take themselves too seriously. Also, putting myself into difficult-to-hold poses.

What was your worst experience?

Not the ‘worst’ as such, but I was once booked for a gay life class and I didn’t know. I thought, “Okay, lots of men here.” Then I got compliments about my ‘size’ and it clicked.

Is your job good for meeting women?

Oh, absolutely. I’ve been propositioned many times as a life model and I’ve definitely met one or two girls this way.

What was your dream job?

I wanted to be in a rock band. That said, I love doing the hen night life-drawing classes – they’re great.