Another month begins in the very real world of sales commission cycles. Whether you’re wrapping up the process or just getting through the long hours of calculations, it might be helpful to kick back and watch fictional characters earn sales commission in an entertaining way.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our favorite characters earning sales commission on TV, film, stage, or even in ads.
The fictional sales team at Dunder Mifflin earned commission by selling paper products.
Sales Commission Stars:
- Jim Halpert (and the Dunder Mifflin sales team): business is booming at the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of Dunder Mifflin. Jim and his colleagues, Phyllis, Stanley, and Dwight sell paper successfully to local and regional businesses in the area. Sales commission comes up in a couple episodes, including in season three when Dwight asks Jim about his commission after transferring to another branch and in season seven when a new commission cap policy prevents Jim from earning a higher commission on a big sale. Watch The Office on Netflix.
- Rachel Greene: though brief, Rachel earned sales commission while working as a personal shopper at Bloomingdales on Friends. During season four, Bloomingdales demotes the character, played by Jennifer Aniston, to the new role where she assists clients ready to spend a lot of money. We only really meet maybe one of Rachel’s clients so it’s hard to say how much she actually earned during the couple seasons on the job. Watch Friends on HBO Max.
- Vincent Swan: played by Ed Westwick on the Netflix show White Gold, Vincent sells double-glazed windows for Cachet Windows in Essex. The show, set in the 1980s, portrays sales people doing some shady business dealings. The sales team overprices their windows and feuds with their competitors. Hilarity ensues. While a bit uncomfortable, it’s fun to watch Vincent and his coworkers earn their sales commission over the course of two seasons and twelve episodes. Watch White Gold on Netflix.
- Ernest Tilley and Bill “BB” Babowski: speaking of shady business practices, Ernest and BB, main characters in the 1987 film Tin Men, are earning their commission from aluminum siding sales in a questionable way. Even so, Ernest can’t seem to save any of that money he’s making because he’s squandering it all on gambling. By the end of the movie, neither one of them is employed as a salesman anymore but maybe they’ll embark on a new startup sales gig together. Watch Tin Men on Amazon Prime.
- Willy Loman: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman introduces us to Willy, a guy who’s honestly not very good at selling … whatever it is he sells. We get a pretty tragic look at what happens to salesmen who can’t sell. Much of Willy’s story revolves around his inability to make money and pay bills. He loses his job and more. This one’s kind of a downer, honestly. Watch Death of a Salesman on Amazon Prime.
- Flo with Progressive: since 2008, Flo has been selling Progressive home and auto insurance from a fictional Progressive storefront. She’s capable and provides some of the best customer service we’ve ever seen. Given her seniority over her fellow salespeople, we assume she’s earning a decent sales commission on every one of those policies she’s selling. Watch the latest Progressive ads on Youtube.
We’re a big fan of everyone who earns sales commission and those who help pay that sales commission. If you’d like to learn more, drop us a line. We’ll show you how we can help.