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

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  1. stxrus

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    I own a drain cleaning and inspection service
    People are rattling the same old tied jokes about what I do. My stock reply is, “that is the smell of money”
    It’s actually pretty easy work most of the time. The best part is I can work six 1 hour jobs a week (or five 1.5 hour jobs, or four 2 hour long jobs a week) and make a great living. The only down side is being on constant call.

    Looking to retire and have a possible buyer interested in the business. Then I can devote time to guitar, diving, & serious off roading
     
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    So many prestigious occupations in this thread. I'm just a lowly tile setter.
     
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    I wear this hat more and more lately... Currently field-level programming with our newly aquired JCI stuff (the IP controllers are just plain unfinished)... Not really looking forward to Distech, as I'm still feeling my way through the Niagara stuff. We may even work for the same company! Biggest in the southeast... My normal job is installing automation and controls systems on our special projects team. I also moonlight in residential HVAC system installation for extra cash.

    A decade ago I had a few good months of payed gigs, which I gladly gave my part to my music partner who had blown out his left knee (and being a trucker, kept him out of work for a minute). I play for fun, and probably always will.

    Last but most important, I've seen quite a few folks here post that they are involved with Law Enforcement, the Military, and Fire and Rescue. Thank you ALL for what you do. I have the utmost respect for you!
     
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    I’m retired...I worked many years on a survey crew hackin and cuttin and carrying expensive gear...then I went back to school...For the next 20+ years I managed a fleet of communication satellites...after that I retired and started building acoustic guitars...carried on as a luthier until the 2008 ecomony crash...sold most all my tools and the house and shop and bought a motorhome and took a trip around the country...I still build the occasional instrument and have completed 4 or 5 amplifiers as well...now I’m still retired and sometimes actually tired...I try to jam with friends at least one night a week and mayhaps even one of these days play a gig somewhere...When I was younger I played in a band for about 20 some years with my high school buds...we would get together every few years after the breakup but we are far and wide and not all in good health anymore so that probably won’t ever happen again...
     
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    Electronic Technician, I repair industrial electronic equipment, AC and DC motor drives and controllers and the test systems associated with them, been doing this for 31 years at my present job, and 5 years more at another job that subcontracted to the place that I presently work.

    Before that, I worked on motorcycles.
     
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    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's

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    I work as Technical Marketing/Field Application Engineer for a large integrated circuit company. It's great 85% of the time, and I really like the customers I work with. My company's team are all really good people too. The small amount of not-great time is generally due to bureaucracy.
     
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    Redundant from a Sales role with an intercom manufacturer, two and a bit years from (possible) planned retirement, now part time delivery driver for a local pharmacy, pulling down from my pension. State pension comes my way October next year. Meantime, less stress, more time, bills paid. Adjusted to it over the last 18 months. Likening it.
     
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    It may not all pay the same but it all counts and all provides value.

    Besides when I worked in the corporate world, when not traveling the best part of my day was the time spent in the lunchroom with the secretaries, guys from the plant and drivers. It was always better conversation than having lunch with the other suits.
     
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    Wish I could afford to live in a flat the size of a shoebox in London!
     
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    I've done a few things - I was able to perform most when I needed the most money! Right now I'm mostly an estimator for construction and only play about 16 shows a year. I miss it, but it makes it sweeter when I do!
     
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    Well, I've been paid to work in a ceramics shop and two video stores. I've been a carpenter, a painter, a shuttle bus driver, a chauffeur and a pizza delivery driver. I started taking classes at Second City Chicago in 2001 and since then, I've been a paid people seater, improviser, standardized patient and escort to Chicagoland Ronald McDonalds. (There were 5)
    I've been lucky enough to get paid to play music, act on stage, small and big screens and I did a couple radio voiceovers several years ago. For most of the last 10 years I've been a stay at home dad to our 4 children. I audition a lot and occasionally get cast. Not often.
    I AM a card carrying member of SAG/AFTRA, so I guess you can say I'm an actor.
     
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    Wait!!!! Isn't "procuring" another term for, uh, "pimping"??????
    COOL!!!!!!!! ;)
     
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    My wife and I build and repair stringed instruments, self employed, working at home for over 25 years. Started at the job back in '79....finish it when they carry me out in a box.
     
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    Coder, NOC, SYSAD, and DBA?

    That's true synergy. Think of all the emails and meetings prevented by cutting out the middleman and simply blaming yourself. :)
     
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    HVAC controls. Worked several years in the oilfield-fun times but a young man's gig.
     
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    I am in charge of tech services for a small convention & conference facility. I maintain & operate all things AV, including networks, digital signage, audio systems ranging from 70 volt classroom systems to line arrays, event & stage lighting, & rigging. The best part is never having to load a truck or live on a bus.
     
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