While professional wrestlers are glamorized on television and the internet, their careers are difficult and highly strenuous. Very few wrestlers achieve the fame and fan recognition from television appearances and top-dollar live events; most work by traveling on weekends away from another job, performing at smaller events and fairs on undercards while hoping to catch a break and move up to higher levels.
Professional wrestlers must have the physical strength and physique to attract an audience and an understanding of the various moves and holds required in the wrestling ring. Many aspiring wrestlers will seek out special schools dedicated to the training that will help ensure the safety of everyone in the ring during a match. Upon graduating from such a school, a prospective wrestler may then engage the services of an agent.
The agent will work to find meets and events for the wrestler. While premier wrestlers will have the pick of high-profile and televised events, in most cases a single agent will work with dozens of wrestlers to find exhibitions, competitions, and venues for them to perform. Typically, these events take place on weekends and offer small pay, so most fledgling professional wrestlers may also work another job for a steady source of income. Many wrestlers will road-trip to events when they can or use vacation time for longer, multi-day contracts.
There are few educational requirements beyond understanding the various techniques and scripted sequences in a wrestling match. Wrestlers may only rise to higher levels of recognition by having out-of-the-ordinary physical prowess, so many ambitious wrestlers spend a great deal of time in weight training and body sculpting in professional gyms. Professional wrestlers typically work on weekends, while higher-profile performers may work weekdays when jobs are available.