I work as an adjunct professor and even when I am offered a full load of classes (which is rare) I earn below the poverty line. When I was younger, I modeled, but more recently, I’ve started selling worn underwear online. Without doing these other gigs, I’d struggle a lot more to pay bills. Working in academia is terribly underpaid and doing sex work to support yourself makes complete sense. I can also see how the gig you did with role playing could be fun and empowering!