I have an interview tomorrow for that sales position at a gym in my area. After nearly thirty calls over the course of five days, I finally got through to the general manager without having to physically go over there to stalk him in person. I'll count this as evidence that being obnoxiously persistent can actually pay off.
I'm actually feeling pretty optimistic about this interview. Yeah, it's kind of a shitty job, but it's probably the first interview ever where I'm not preparing a bunch of lies to tell the interviewer. Telling someone that I've always been interested in the fitness industry is going to be way easier than trying to convince another lawyer that what they do sounds interesting.