It's official: GTL -- gym-tan-laundry -- is a legitimate life game plan.
They may look like a bunch of overly tanned, overly styled, over-the-top party animals and drama queens, but between downing shots and pumping fists, the boys and girls of "Jersey Shore" managed to monetize their skills and assets, like their abs (Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino), their hair (Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi), and their stripper sense of style (Jenni "JWOWW" Farley).
In case you've been stuck for the last year in, say, the Maldives, "Jersey Shore" is MTV's hit reality show about a bunch of fun-loving lads and ladies who first lived it up in New Jersey's Seaside Heights and then took Miami by storm. If you were indeed in the Maldives, you might want to book the next plane back there after reading that sentence, but about five million people tune into "Jersey Shore" every Thursday, and its stars have been getting rich quickly, reportedly banking $30,000 each per episode.
Not all of the show's cast can find the time to pursue outside projects, beyond milking club promoters for thousands of dollars in apperance fees (getting all of them to pimp out one place can cost tens of thousands of dollars).
Between vacillating about whether or not to stay on "Jersey Shore" and dishing dirt about her former co-stars, Angelina Pivarnick seems tapped out. Vinny Guadagnino and Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola don't appear to have branched out far beyond the show either.
Check out the side projects of those who have:
Here's the real situation: Sorrentino boasts a set of six-pack abs so enviable that it's a buiness plan in and of itself. Combine that with his appealing-at-times arrogance and voila: you've got a fitness personality who could give Tony Little a run for his money. Earlier this month, Sorrentino announced he's releasing an ab workout DVD set to hit stores in time for the holiday binge eating season and the inevitable New Year's resolutions that follow.
"He's got what people consider a great body, hence his name 'The Situation,' so we decided what better way for people to get their own situation," Sorrentino's older brother, Marc, told RadarOnline.
Aside from abs and eloquence, Sorrentino and his brother pride themselves on their fashion IQ. On Wednesday, Marc announced that a Situation clothing line is in the works. The piece de resistance of the collection:
"People are going to be really excited about our retro suede jumpsuits," he told RadarOnline. "We're bringing them back because they were worn by the most stylish Italians."
The most stylish Italians could not be reached for comment.
It's only a matter of time before the pint-sized "Jersey Shore" castmate gets her own show. Snooki may be on the wrong side of the law after getting arrested for public intoxication and being annoying (apparently that's a crime in New Jersey), but with her propensity for falling down and questionable quips (after toppling over 'The Situation's' marinating chicken: "My first thought was, I don't wanna clean this up. My second thought was, I just f****d up dinner. My third thought was, What the f**k am I gonna eat?"), she's the kind of thing reality TV producers dream about at night.