I read really fast. Can I make money with this skill?
Ever since I was a kid I have been able to speed through books. It dawned on me when I was about 7 that I was blowing through a whole stack of Baby-Sitter's Club books in one day. I had teachers who simply didn't believe that I could read that fast and made me take tests on the material. I've always done very well on the reading comprehension section of standardized tests.
When I think about my skills, this is the only one that stands out to me as truly unique, since I've never met anyone in real life who can read the way I do (though I've read about them online
). I know reading ability is something of a passive skill on its own, but I also frequently enjoy writing summaries of things that I read.
Except for a brief stint teaching, I've never had a job that required reading ANYTHING, so I don't have any professional experience. My question is, can I leverage this speed reading ability into some kind of career tactic or part-time money making opportunity?
I've thought about the following: script reader (script coverage work seems to go to interns), book reviewer (I don't know how to actually get paid without any credentials as a writer, etc.), and proofreader (also no credentials).
Just a note: I'm not specialized in any sort of technical field or law, so I can't speed read my way through industry-specific documents. I also can't speed read good poetry or really deep philosophical texts. I don't have a photographic memory, just fast eyes I guess.
Does anybody have any experience as a script reader, book reviewer, etc.? I'm open to part-time, full-time, and any and all ideas.