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Charles Nelson
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I currently write, record, and perform songs (30 years), paint houses (25 years), and coach soccer with a specialty in goalkeeping (8 years). I do all of this under the name Beaver Nelson, which is all anyone who knows me has called me since I was 4 days old. 

It has been quite fun to see what people here do for a living.
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Kevin Sharp
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Even well into adulthood I'm having trouble summing this up... I've done work in screenwriting, magazine writing & editorial, taught classes for teenagers, and am currently at work on my first videogame writing gig.
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Jeffrey Rice
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After 10+ years designing and inspecting large bridges, I moved into tunnel engineering. Alway challenging.
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Jason Ayer
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I'm a photographer for the University of South Carolina.
I've met many high-profile people through my job.
Politicians, writers, musicians, actors, the list goes on
and on.

A few years ago, Vice President Biden was our commencement
speaker and the secret service gave me a lapel pin so I
could roam during his speech. I was the only one who could
leave his seat while the VP was on stage. A few days ago, I
was at an event with Secretary Dick Riley and President
Clinton. I was able to get the book 'The President is
Missing' signed.

Last year Eva Schloss (Anne Frank's step-sister) came to
talk, and years ago, Kevin Smith made an appearance. I've
had the opportunity to meet James Brown, Billy Joel, and
Taylor Swift. Writers include David Baldacci, Pat Conroy,
John Jakes, and Elmore Leonard. Once, I was sitting in my
office and someone knocked and asked for directions to
another office. It took me a second to recognize Reiko
Aylesworth, from 24 and Hawaii Five-0.

This is in addition to shooting the day-to-day activities
and events of the university.

However, my favorite meeting was with a gentleman named Roy
Thomas, who came to the library to give a talk about the
history of comics. I talked to Roy and Dann after the event
and was later invited to their house for a Halloween party.
My children and I have enjoyed their parties for the last
decade.

In my spare time, I'm working on the second first draft of a
novel.

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Bill Mimbu
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Growing up, my parents expressed exasperation that I was never satisfied with just drawing the exterior of vehicles, that I also had to draw the interior mechanisms, compartments, and features as well...

No surprise that I ended up being a drafter at an aircraft manufacturing company for the past few decades...

...Discovered that many of my coworkers were also had fine arts backgrounds as well.
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James Lansberry
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I work in the Test Department at Micron, was a Production Lead on nights for a number of years until 2015 where I took on a more complicated role.  Was going great until it was announced last fall that all Back-End Operations was moving to Taiwan, dubbed the "Center of Excellence".  They promoted me to a Planner position to help with the run-out plan.  It was just announced yesterday that our end-date was pulled in for a 3rd time and I'll be unemployed at the end of November.
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Michael Penn
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Law professor.
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Dan Grenough
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23 years as an engineer at a steel mill in NW Indiana. Earned my
degree in Mechanical Engineering, and I have worked in various
departments (Planning, Quality, Supply Chain). My current role is Lead
Engineer for Operations Technology in our USA plants.
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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I manage a small team of very talented illustration
artists within a worldwide leading educational
electronic toys company. I have 5 ladies in Hong Kong, 2
in our plant in China and 2 guys at said plant. The
ladies in HK are known as "The Didi's Angels".
On many projects we are either involved on the stickers
on the toys, the illustrations for the books if any, the
illustrations on the packaging, the LED animations for
some electronic parts or the patterns on some fabrics
for the dolls.
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Darren Ashmore
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I own and operate three businesses, each of which sort of dovetail into one another: one is a leaflet delivery business (yeah I deliver junk mail); second is a domestic cleaning company and finally a business supplying and fitting window blinds.  Each one offers different challenges and rewards on a daily basis.
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Ed Love
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18 years as a pre-press and then advertising graphics guy for a daily newspaper until they decided to outsource majority of creative staff to the Philippines.Went back to school, now archives specialist for a university library.
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Eric Sofer
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I do computer customer technical support. Basically, people call me up and give me one of two queries:
Q: "I can't get this to work!"
A: "Have you tried rebooting it? Have a nice day."

Q: "I can't get this software to work! This is a piece of garbage!"
A: "Yes it is. Have a nice day."

But it is interesting, kinda in that Chinese curse way, in that the challenges can sometimes be exciting and difficult. And hysterical callers are also interesting, although not often fun.

My avocation of acting in theatre is ALSO interesting, and were I to find a way to make a living at it, I might well switch.

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Jason K Fulton
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I work in insurance / finance, though I've been out of the office since February (stroke / pulmonary embolism / blood clots). The most interesting part of the job is the clients - I meet people from all walks of life. The actual work itself is boring, as it should be - if it was interesting, it wouldn't pay as well as it does.
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Faiz Rehman
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I've enjoyed a career in marketing for the last 20-plus years. I'm from a small valley town in South Wales, but as much as I love it there I've hardly worked there after graduating. My career has taken me to posts in Boston and Dubai as well as across the rest of the UK. I recently rejoined Microsoft and am heading up the UK's social media team.
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Ian Penman
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Writing under the name 'Ian Ravendale' to avoid confusion with another journalistic Ian Penman I interview rock musicians, write articles and review gigs for national music magazines in the UK.


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Kevin Blake
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I am in I.T. and work for a general contractor that does conventions around the US. My office is based in the Boston area. I've been doing this for 17 years. Prior to that role I was in graphics  for 7 years doing layout, pre-press, printing, etc for convention signage.

I was a certified EMT but found out they don't pay much. I wanted an exciting job that made a difference. Now I help people in a different way (I.T.).

*Great topic. So interesting to find out the different walks of life.


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Marc Foxx
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I work for an independent title insurance company as a title agent. We're licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

<blank stare>

Basically, I help clear title issues for people who are either buying or refinancing real estate, as well as doing the closings/settlements. I wouldn't call it either fun or particularly interesting, but it pays the bills. It's a family business, so I
get to work with my mom and my brother, which is pretty good. Come December, I will have been doing it for 25 years...
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Aaron W Most
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I sell tabletop games.  Working for a distributor, I spend my days calling and talking with retailers all around the US.
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John Popa
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I work for a big bank helping develop fraud prevention strategies.

And I write musicals on the side. 
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Ryan Maxwell
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Marc Foxx, I get it!
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Steven Myers
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I teach Art (K-4) so I guess I also made my passion into a career. But that's not my interesting job.

I also teach Driver's Education. Currently I only do the classroom portion, but I have done behind-the-wheel training, and I will again soon as my daughters are in my current class, and I'm going to be their instructor (why not? I have to drive with them anyway!).
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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Like many around here, I always thought I'd become a comic book artist. Until music hit me with a fastball special. So, after some build up and years of learning and making, I'm split between two interlocked careers.

With my company 4'33", we make music for advertising, games, films and whatever needs sound sculpting.

As Fu_k The Zeitgeist, I'm a music producer/composer doing the art thing (like writing and recording a full album of synthesizer pieces based on Alpha Flight).

They're both extremely satisfying ways to pass my days, specially since I work at home and get to keep most of my working hours for FTZ.
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Marc Foxx
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Ryan Maxwell, I knew you would...
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Patrick Mallon
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1992 - 2012 Mac and PC computer support

2012 - present New York City subway conductor

I went to train operator school briefly in 2014; I didn't care for it...too much stress and responsibility for too little pay increase...


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Andrew W. Farago
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Curator at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, writer of history books about comics and cartoons, occasional writer of comic books.
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