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Summer Careerists

A spray tanner who makes house calls, a synchronized-swimming coach, and others whose livelihoods get hectic once the living gets easy.


The Mobile Spray Tanner
Abby Menard, owner of Bake Spray Tanning

Whose apartments do you go to?
The regulars I see mobile-y are women on the Upper East Side. They’re very wealthy.

What do you bring with you?
My machine is on wheels, and I use a pop-up tent that folds down into a little circle. It’s not easy to get in and out of cabs. I get strange looks, but some people will stop and say, “Are you a mobile spray tanner?” I can’t believe they figure that out.

Are you always on call in summer?
The demand is more than I can handle. If I didn’t want a life, I’d be spraying from 6:30 a.m. until midnight.

Any awkward domestic situations?
I sprayed a woman in her home once, and she had four kids. They were running around like banshees while two nannies tried to keep up with them, and she just stood naked in the foyer.

Can you draw abs on people?
Some tanners claim they can, but it doesn’t look right. If you apply too much solution, you’ll get a splotchy fade. It works for a day, maybe—if you’re in a bodybuilding competition.

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