Here’s what it’s like to be a “Netflix tagger” — aka someone who is paid to watch Netflix all day

When Netflix asks if you’re still watching, say, The Office, mid-10-hour bingefest, it can feel a little judgy (YES, okay? We’re still watching). But when people like Sherrie Gulmahamad spend their whole day streaming shows, the platform doesn’t get in their way — in fact, Netflix *pays* them to watch TV shows, movies, and specials.

Gulmahamad is an originals creative analyst at Netflix, or, as it’s more commonly known, a “Netflix tagger.” And a new profile in Fast Company offers some interesting insight into what it’s like to binge-watch professionally.

First of all, not just anyone is cut out to be a Netflix tagger (sorry). Gulmahamad, who the story focuses on, studied screenwriting in college, then got a graduate degree in critical film studies. She works with a team of about 30 people whose day-to-day job is watching Netflix shows, movies, and specials (up to about 20 hours a week) and tagging each with relevant metadata that makes everything easier to search and categorize.

"We work with a sprawling palette of tones and storylines to capture the spirit of our content, and when it comes to those [subjective] sorts of tags, we can be more editorial, she told Fast Company. “We have every storyline under the sun for supernatural content and it always cracks me up — zombies, witches, dragons, cannibals, Bigfoot, mad scientists, mutants, magical creatures, angels, demons and even 'evil kids.'"

Basically, Gulmahamad and her team are the ones who build the groupings you see in your Netflix queue.

You know, “Norwegian crime procedurals with a sarcastic female lead and a quirky sidekick,” etc. They also fill in more basic info like whether a show has nudity or violence and who’s in the cast. Gulmahamad specializes in comedy and stand-up specials, as well as sci-fi, but she’s watched a little bit of everything.

According to the story, Gulmahamad started in her position years ago, back when Netflix was still sending DVDs to your house in flimsy paper envelopes.

But nowadays, being a tagger is a coveted specialty to break into. When Gulmahamad is hiring new colleagues, she has very particular abilities in mind:

"Our job is very much like being a librarian and making sure things are classified accurately, but you also have the broad knowledge base of how TV shows or movies are related, and if they look good together in a row on our site," she said. "Netflix looks for someone who has both skill sets, plus a passion for innovation."

Netflix is famously hush hush about what goes down behind the scenes, so it’s always interesting to get an inside look at the machine that’s helping us all procrastinate on that last load of laundry. But they have, from time to time, released some numbers. Last year, for instance, users watched 250 million hours of content in a single January day. This year, the company plans to drop $8 billion on content and create *700* original shows and movies.

Which is to say, Gulmahamad and her crew will have plenty keeping them busy.

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