View Full Version : What do you do for a living?
12-10-2001, 12:48 AM
I hate my job and desperately want to do something new. I was wondering what other sculptors did for a living, and maybe it would give me an idea of what to look for. Right now I work in a cubicle behind a computer all day, and am on the verge of going insane!!!!
12-10-2001, 08:27 AM
Can't say what I am doing right now because I have not gone to work yet since moving here this summer. But, before I moved here..back in Canada I was doing some desktop publishing from home and doing a little work in the greenhouse industry because I love working with plants. I also spent 6 years doing drywall taping (or finishing? not sure what you call it here) and renovation.
I liked it but it is hard work and I had to stop because my knees are not so good any more. I certainly slept better at night than when I was working on my computer all day! I have been renovating since getting here too but only at home. Not so sure you will want to go into the drywall trade but it's an idea! :D
12-10-2001, 06:59 PM
Jason..a job you hate may be a hint for you to at least think about changing. Don't have any statistics, but my guess is that there are many, many artist out there that work at something just so they can do their art. I know several in my area that worked for years until they became an 'overnight' success, and a couple of others that just seemed to jump out of the gate right away. There are many factors in ones life that have to converge at some point to get to where we want to be, and I am a firm believer that luck, fate or whatever you call it plays a large roll. The only thing that makes the difference is to prepare yourself so that when that magic moment comes you are in a position to take advantage of the 'luck'. If you have been doing something for forty years and not much happening, thats one thing. If you are only into your career a few years...then patience, my boy, it will come. As the old scribe put it..'the harder I work, the luckier I get'.:)
keep the faith
12-11-2001, 06:50 PM
I agree with Max !!!!!
Just got word Friday that my company is transfering me to a new location. It is good thing - bigger and better things to manage. I work in operations and manage call centers.
Moving really takes time away from my sculptures. I packed my studio on Sunday, big bummer there. Nothing but sketching for now - even if I have time for that. The bright side is that I will be back up soon. Hopfully less than 60 days.
Good luck on your job, look on the bright side - at least you have your studio up and running.
12-11-2001, 08:03 PM
I'm self employed in a business that has taken its toll on my back. After 36 years in this business and hating most every minute of it, I would encourage you to find an occupation that you enjoy. Life is too short to work at a job you don't like.
Hate to hear you're in a job you hate. That can be a totally miserable experience.
My husband and I are self-employed as an Internet Service Provider in a small town. When we had just dial-up customers, we had a lot of free-time I should have used for doing my artwork. Instead, we were making preparations for providing wireless connections for our customers, too. Now that the wireless network is established, we have very little free time. It trippled our customer base.
So, my suggestion is that you get a server, router, modems, and other equipment needed in order to become an ISP in a small community. If you set up this equipment in your home, you can work out of your home/workshop. Once you have a good number of dial-up customers, there's very little to do maintenance-wise and only a few phone calls to answer, if the system is working smoothly. Survive on the money this brings in while doing your artwork. When my hubby started the ISP business, he knew nothing about it. He learned quickly.
Really consider giving it a try.
12-31-2001, 12:31 PM
Thanks for the ideas everyone. I actually have two good possibilities going right now for fulltime employment. One teaching art in High School and the other teaching art at a Community College. I will take either one in a blink of an eye. I would love to teach!!!
So everyone please keep their fingers crossed for me. It will be a while before I know anything but will let you know if something happens.
12-31-2001, 12:55 PM
What a great opportunity. And a great way to start the New Year. The best of luck
01-01-2002, 03:49 AM
I work..in electronics ... I just want to retire and work on Art.... but it's nice to dream....:) ok here is a quiz... where I work I am treated like 2nd class... and if I tell people where I work they move away real quick.... guess where I work... :)
01-01-2002, 08:25 AM
01-01-2002, 08:51 AM
Jason: Have my fingers crossed for you...ditto to what Jack said :)
Jan-Michael: Geeesh, I have no idea.....trying to recall what's in london that makes people nervous. hmmm
01-01-2002, 09:31 AM
nuclear power plant????
01-03-2002, 01:15 AM
Jan-Michael..I got it..I got it! You work for the Canadian equivalent of the IRS! Something to do with electronics that has a 'gottcha' attached to it. That's it, isn't it.:evil:
01-04-2002, 10:43 PM
GeeeeZ ...no winner yet...:) maybe tomorrow I'll give another hint. :) but remember the first part about 2nd class ..... that was the first hint.. :)
01-05-2002, 12:52 PM
I know, I know--Canada's verison of our US Postal Service.
01-05-2002, 02:42 PM
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01-07-2002, 06:56 PM
Jan-Michael...2nd Class Petty Officer, radioman or electronic voodoo undercover foreign intrigue special forces. ??? Well?
01-07-2002, 07:53 PM
Is this multiple choice? Will there be a test? I'll go with "A" ;)
01-15-2002, 06:53 PM
I must have an answer, been waiting for days. Jan-Michael are you out there??? Please let us know the answer :D
01-16-2002, 01:47 PM
Yielding, me tooooooooooo I'll send him an email! Maybe he'll read it! lol :0
01-16-2002, 02:16 PM
MKathleen... thanks for the email... :)
well I must say... max nelson... is very close... actually even part right.. with the electronics :)
01-16-2002, 04:29 PM
Do you work with explosives?
01-16-2002, 06:34 PM
civil engineer - you use electronic explosives to clear the way for new roads???
01-16-2002, 06:53 PM
:D Your an electronics engineer for the Canadian Immigration Service:D ?
Kathy:D :D :D
01-16-2002, 08:26 PM
I will post a multiple choice tomorrow...:)
01-23-2002, 06:54 PM
Well everyone, I FINALLY got a new job. I am still at the same place but have a new boss. And along with this came a promotion. It is not art related by any means and I am going to keep looking, but I don't hate my job as bad as I once did and I am happier now. That is all that matters right now! :)
01-23-2002, 07:31 PM
Way to go. Jason..........Glad it worked out.
Tax preparation, Jan-Michael
Tomorrow never comes, does it?
01-23-2002, 10:32 PM
jason, congratulations on your new job! There is nothing worse than being in a job that makes you unhappy.
Maybe we'll see some sculpture coming from ya soon!
01-24-2002, 07:40 AM
Congrats on the promotion Jason!!
01-24-2002, 11:19 AM
Thanks alot!! I appreciate the support. I am very excited about it. I hope to do some new sculpture too. It is hard to do when haven't sold much in a while. I need to get busy trying to market and sale my art again.
01-24-2002, 01:09 PM
Congratulations Jason, on the promotion. :clap: Hope it makes going to work each day easier.
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