If you say you receive a paycheck for doing your job, it sounds mundane and kind of depressing. If you tweak your perspective and say that you’re being bribed to perform certain services, suddenly it sounds much more exciting, doesn’t it? You can even up the ante by saying, “There’s a certain highly placed individual I for whom I do occasional favors, and as a thank you they let me wet my beak.” Tell someone that, and they won’t ask any more questions.
Unless they’re a cop. If they are a cop, they will have many questions.