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« on: January 27, 2011, 11:59 »
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Out of curiosity :) We probably have a diverse group of people?

I'll start: I'm a graduate student in CS.
« Last Edit: January 27, 2011, 15:32 by adijr »


« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2011, 12:04 »
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Freelance illustrator and designer.

« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2011, 12:10 »
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"Jack of all trades (master of none?)" in a business office.  Small enough company that I can have my hands in a lot of areas... product planning, events, design, etc... never boring.  I actually enjoy it.

Microstock a well-paying hobby, working on it a few hours at night... at least for now.

« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 12:15 »
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Erlier I worked as a roofer in my own small company.  Microstock woke up my interest for photography, and got me to start with 3d.  And now after 2-3 years Im a wellpaid 3d artist on a big company.    Thanks for the inspiration:)

« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011, 12:22 »
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I shoot comissioned work.

« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2011, 12:24 »
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Software Engineer

« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2011, 12:40 »
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In my previous life I had my own graphic design company for about 10 years. Burned out, now I shoot when I can and spend most of my time being a mom.

gbcimages

« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2011, 12:44 »
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retired.....manufacturing /construction

WarrenPrice

« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2011, 12:46 »
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Retired:
military
defense contractor
hotel manager
child care specialist
warehouse worker

and all the time (still) making a few bucks with my photography from motorsports action and travel (nature/wildlife) and microstock.

That's a lot of stuff but I have been around for a long time.   ;D

« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2011, 12:51 »
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Electronics/Software Engineer ; Retired !! 

Now spend my time walking and taking photos, from which I make a few bucks !  ;)

« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2011, 13:03 »
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"Jack of all trades (master of none?)" in a business office.  Small enough company that I can have my hands in a lot of areas... product planning, events, design, etc... never boring.  I actually enjoy it.

Microstock a well-paying hobby, working on it a few hours at night... at least for now.

This sounds very nice, the "never boring" part is fantastic. Repetitive work is often what brings people down in the long run. I keep hoping to experiment with different 'trades' at some point in my life.

« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2011, 13:11 »
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I was doing microstock full-time, but then I burned out a couple of years ago and reinvented myself as an antique dealer/photographer.

helix7

« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2011, 13:34 »
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Work-from-home dad, graphic and web designer.
« Last Edit: January 27, 2011, 15:21 by helix7 »

« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2011, 13:40 »
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Actuary

« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2011, 14:02 »
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Out of curiosity :) We probably have a diverse group of people?

I'll start: I'm a graduate student in CS.

Space Propulsion Business Development Manager

« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2011, 14:20 »
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Space Propulsion Business Development Manager

Every time I see you're name, I think of Captain Kangaroo.  LOL  His name was Bob Keeshan.

« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2011, 14:57 »
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chemist
industrial hygienist
government inspector (related to hazmat response)

« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011, 15:00 »
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Well I was earning extra income from doing paperwork for the buisness my boyfriend was trying to acquire but that fell through so now micro is my only income.  I'm also a stay at home mom but the pay sucks ;D

« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2011, 15:07 »
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Well I was earning extra income from doing paperwork for the buisness my boyfriend was trying to acquire but that fell through so now micro is my only income.  I'm also a stay at home mom but the pay sucks ;D
My kids paid me in kisses and hugs (and a lot of snotty noses) when I stayed at home last year. ;)

Unfortunately, it's my husbands turn to work from home now, so I'm back to teaching.

« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2011, 15:25 »
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Photographer

« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2011, 15:34 »
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Mechanical engineer.

« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2011, 15:41 »
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Well I was earning extra income from doing paperwork for the buisness my boyfriend was trying to acquire but that fell through so now micro is my only income.  I'm also a stay at home mom but the pay sucks ;D
My kids paid me in kisses and hugs (and a lot of snotty noses) when I stayed at home last year. ;)

Unfortunately, it's my husbands turn to work from home now, so I'm back to teaching.

*giggles*

Your stay at home pay was better than mine.  They pay me in tantrums and arguing with each other ;)

LSD72

  • My Bologna has a first name...
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2011, 16:18 »
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Fight Club: Tyler Durden: "Soap, I make and I sell soap."

I am following that.  ;D along with other things.

Here is some soap.

helix7

« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2011, 17:03 »
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...I'm also a stay at home mom but the pay sucks ;D

I just had to modify my post to add in the "work-from-home dad" part. Wow, what does that say about my priorities? :)

Guess I'm just still getting used to that part of my job title. Only been on the job for 4 months.

« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2011, 17:38 »
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Next to microstock (which im devoting less and less time to while exploring other macro options) i'm a part time photographer and a part time counselor in a refugee center.

« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2011, 17:48 »
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graphic designer, web designer, photographer

« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2011, 18:58 »
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Media designer is by far the shortest way to say it...

« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2011, 19:01 »
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Part time work from home Mum.

I was a software engineer, development manager and prior to that marketing and pre/post sales support for software. Had my own graphic design business for a couple of years in between, but the money in the software business was much, much better.

« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2011, 20:29 »
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Web design & coding as well as a bit of print design.

« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2011, 23:12 »
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Marketing Manager / New Product Initiation for a commercial bread company.  Best perk is the opportunity to bring home fresh bread and rolls for dinner!

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2011, 23:27 »
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Business/technology consultant

jkp

« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2011, 02:17 »
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I was Design Manager for a fire sprinkler contractor for about 10 years...  Now I'm hoping to get completely out of that and focus on a career full time with photography. 

CCK

« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2011, 03:44 »
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Lawyer.

grp_photo

« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2011, 06:07 »
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Photographer

« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2011, 06:47 »
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Digital Prepress Specialist at a printer
Previously a Graphic Artist at an ad agency

« Reply #35 on: January 28, 2011, 07:37 »
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Lawyer, though currently sort of full-time on microstock.

« Reply #36 on: January 28, 2011, 07:55 »
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Have a degree in Radiology Technology worked in the medical field the las 15 years am now shooting stock full-time since April 2010. I also freelance for video and photo projects

lisafx

« Reply #37 on: January 28, 2011, 13:26 »
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Business/technology consultant

Darn.  I thought you were going to say "breakin' heads" ;D

« Reply #38 on: January 28, 2011, 14:24 »
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I left the film and television industry when my husband was transferred to Central Canada.  Now I see all my old buddies getting executive producer or writing credits and it makes me very very sad.  Now my core job is driving kids around and breaking up fights and mopping up puke.  I've been a working photographer for about 7 years, and somehow the team sports part of it has avalanched.  But, now that I have earned a reputation and lots of clients, I just don't want to do it anymore.  I think they call that burnout?   I promised myself it is my last year in this gig.  I have been planning to launch a new biz, but so hard to give it any attention when I'm still getting bookings and have 7 folders left from last week to edit and order.

Why oh why didn't I just work on my stock portfolio the past 5 years?  I just don't have time for it.  Always on the computer editing clients.  If I had put half that effort into micro I think I would be in a pretty comfortable position right now.

lisafx

« Reply #39 on: January 28, 2011, 14:52 »
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I left the film and television industry when my husband was transferred to Central Canada.  Now I see all my old buddies getting executive producer or writing credits and it makes me very very sad.  Now my core job is driving kids around and breaking up fights and mopping up puke.  I've been a working photographer for about 7 years, and somehow the team sports part of it has avalanched.  But, now that I have earned a reputation and lots of clients, I just don't want to do it anymore.  I think they call that burnout?   I promised myself it is my last year in this gig.  I have been planning to launch a new biz, but so hard to give it any attention when I'm still getting bookings and have 7 folders left from last week to edit and order.

Why oh why didn't I just work on my stock portfolio the past 5 years?  I just don't have time for it.  Always on the computer editing clients.  If I had put half that effort into micro I think I would be in a pretty comfortable position right now.

Sorry you are feeling burned out.  But to be honest, I think your sports photography business has a lot more potential for longevity. 

« Reply #40 on: January 28, 2011, 15:19 »
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I am a full time stock photographer for the last 3 years (almost exactly to the day:)). Before that I was a physicist, medical researcher, software developer for a big company. Who knows what's next:)

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #41 on: January 29, 2011, 00:10 »
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Business/technology consultant

Darn.  I thought you were going to say "breakin' heads" ;D

Who me? Naw. I "advise" people nicely on their business matters.  :o

« Reply #42 on: January 29, 2011, 00:35 »
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Space Propulsion Business Development Manager

Every time I see you're name, I think of Captain Kangaroo.  LOL  His name was Bob Keeshan.

I have had some people tell me that the Captains name was Bob Keenan.... but you are right.   I grew up with that show... Mr Green Jeans was my favorite.

« Reply #43 on: January 29, 2011, 02:09 »
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I drive semi truck shorthaul.  My camera pretty much always goes with me which is why I have some */ highway travel stock photos in my portfolio.

« Reply #44 on: January 29, 2011, 11:21 »
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Captain Kangaroo was the best. Well, him and Bozo! ;D

« Reply #45 on: January 29, 2011, 15:09 »
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Freelance Graphic designer and heavily pregnant mum. Micro income has been invaluable since I've been on maternity leave.

« Reply #46 on: January 29, 2011, 16:37 »
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Photographer

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #47 on: January 30, 2011, 03:12 »
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architect

« Reply #48 on: January 30, 2011, 03:34 »
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Aerial Photographer

« Reply #49 on: January 30, 2011, 09:15 »
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I was a pharmacy technician for 27 years. Now I write freelance for women's  and family magazines in Norway and Sweden.


 

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