Not a professional musician? What do you do for a living?

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  1. Larry F

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    Professional musician for 10 years. Guitar teacher for 14 years. College adjunct lecturer for 4 years. Tenured full professor, retired after 25 years. Currently starting new career as a Professor Emeritus.

    Due to my medical situation, my musical activities have shifted from composition to blues guitar improvisation. Doing multi-step activities, like composing, wear me out now, so blues soloing is my latest activity. I have pain all the time, now, and playing blues guitar really does help. And vice versa: the pain helps with the blues, while the blues helps with the pain. Win/win?
     
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    Thanks for your service!
     
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    Radio/TV technician ( in the days when they were repairable) Hearing aid technician. State service manager for national Government hearing service and sole manufacturer of "Hearing Hats" for Australian kids to enable deaf kids to hear their teacher in the classroom. Technician recruiter and trainer and now retired manufacturer of high quality sawdust.

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    Yup. 6/27/19!
     
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    Engineer. I design 3-phase industrial motors built for a variety of applications such as pumps, compressors, generators, crushers, etc.
     
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    Probably someone already said this but I suspect it's more about who is on a computer all day.
     
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    But I am not on the TDPRI all day. I am doing real work. I am making improvements to my company. I don't fool around posting about guitars. No! Really! Please believe me!

    I have no idea how I said that with a straight face. :lol::lol::lol:
     
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  8. RoyalBaby

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    I did a year of something similar when I first qualified but I don't think I could go back to it. I worked in criminal justice for many years with sex offenders and violent criminals and by and large enjoyed that but child protection is a hard path to follow. Kudos.
     
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    I manage the record unit of our local police department.
     
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    You put bras on crustaceans?
     
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    Storeman at an industrial supply store and steel yard.
     
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    This is a great thread, it’s a pleasure to hear of everyone’s position or path.

    Short answer: I’m in marketing

    But that’s boring and doesn’t paint much of a picture.

    My path has varied from, childhood farm hand (family farm), Gas Station attendant (when there was someone to pump fuel for you), apprentice mechanic, auto body technician to automotive painter/refinisher, rough & finish carpenter, also did some roofing (I don’t miss that job, props to those who do it). Oh, and like @heffus, I too had done some tile setting - that killed my knees. Hat’s off to you sir!

    Then I realized I would like an air conditioned life, so I went back to school, got into commercial art/marketing. Since then I’ve had various jobs in “marketing” and tangent careers. I’ve had my own business, worked as a marketing consultant of sorts, free-lanced in various ways. Used my construction knowledge to work as a residential designer doing remodeling drawings, prepared construction drawings, then did development marketing, real estate event/promotion marketing, jumped around a bit more did some web design (not development) and very-basic programming, some art direction, a little product photography, ugh - basically whatever needs to be done, I just say “ I can do that! - maybe? ”, then I figure out how to do whatever has been put in front of me. Sometimes it goes well, others not so well. I always learn something, even that I don’t want to ever do a certain job again.

    It’s all been good and given me the opportunity to jump from one field to another when the economy does what it does, and the economy has pulled the rug a couple times. Currently I have a steady gig of 11yrs, as a Sr. Marketing Designer for a large wholesale distributor.

    I never had the opportunity to study guitar, never took a lesson until I was 50yrs old, that has also come to an end do to a change in my life. But I like to build stuff, practice guitar when I have a moment, just try to cram as much as I can into the time available, and have a beer now and then as well.
    Met and worked with a lot of great people, that's probably the best take-away from having bounced around and moved a lot.

    So I'm actually a Gypsy who wanted to be the old MacGyver.
     
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    It seems I am working toward working myself to death...but not really. Just seems that way.
     
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    Actually since announcing my retirement plans my goal has been to spend most of my remaining time surfing the net. I have given a pound of flesh to my employer and have no remorse in slowing down my personal productivity.
     
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    Sperm donor,retired. :)
     
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    I practiced the trade as an amateur for a quite a while, hoping to go pro. However, unexpected consequences brought about situations where lawyers and such were involved, so I had to adopt a more selective approach to my hobby.
     
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    English professor. I love teaching Shakespeare to college students who were forced to read him in high school and discover now that they like him after all. My "secrets":
    • I went to school forever and I can explain some -- not all -- of what we're reading together.
    • I keep rereading the plays and notice something new every time. It adds up.
    • I actually enjoy Shakespeare myself. Looking back, I can see that some of my high school teachers didn't. I don't blame them, but the teachers I'm training will be different.
    • Don't tart him up. Shakespeare was smarter than I am and doesn't need my help to be interesting, funny, or moving.
    • Be honest about what I don't like, agree with, or understand.
    • Never say "This was really new and exciting 400 years ago." If that's your best reason for liking Shakespeare, you're sunk.
     
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    Blooze lawyer.
     
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    Fun thread and interesting people here. For me, I run a computer services company that works with small and mid sized companies.
     
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    Something similar sounding happened to a colleague. All those years of straight up dedication to the job,yet all folk remember is that one solitary episode involving a sheep.

    Life can be cruel.
     
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