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John Byrne
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 4:48pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Recently learning our own Robbie Perry is is a taxi driver got me thinking about who else among us might have an interesting job. (Even if it's not fun!)

If you think this is an invasion of privacy, DON'T ANSWER!

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Ray Owens
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I love my job, I知 an entertainer a storyteller, I entertain tourists in some of the most beautiful locations in Scotland dressed as a character from history. I set this business up 20 years ago at its peak I was doing 5 or 6 shows a week for 12 months of the year. As I approach 70 I have dialled it back a little to 2 or 3 shows a week for 6 months of the year.
I have just come home tonight after entertaining guests from all over the world onboard the Royal Scotsman train.



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Greg McPhee
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My job is as a Commercial Manager working a contract linking the French and British power grids through the Channel Tunnel. Mainly look after the financial management of the project, putting together further bids for new work and negotiating and agreeing contracts

Pretty broad role and includes anything from risk management to procurement, financial reporting and managing the supply chain.
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Greg McPhee
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I love my job, I知 an entertainer a storyteller, I entertain tourists in some of the most beautiful locations in Scotland dressed as a character from history. I set this business up 20 years ago at its peak I was doing 5 or 6 shows a week for 12 months of the year. As I approach 70 I have dialled it back a little to 2 or 3 shows a week for 6 months of the year.
I have just come home tonight after entertaining guests from all over the world onboard the Royal Scotsman train.

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Ray, I'm from Glasgow originally, but now live in Manchester, and based on my job commute (via car) to Folkestone Monday - Thursday (not everyday I'll add!!!).
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Thomas Woods
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I'm supposed to be a computer game artist, but I have
been out of the industry for a few years (due to health
reasons and surgery) doing freelance work.

You can see some of my work here

https://www.artstation.com/tfwoods3
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David Allen Perrin
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I知 a Creative Director for a design firm that specializes in small electronics, LED lighting, stationery and toys.  We make licensed products for LEGO, Disney (Star Wars), Nickelodeon (TMNT), WB and others. 

I am also an inventor who has co-authored several design patents for various electronic entertainment devices.

I was at one point in my life a (freelance) comicbook artist. My love for the art of a certain Mr. Byrne was an incredible influence on a brief but wonderful career in comics.


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Brian Miller
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I知 a staff Radiographic Technologist for a private medical practice. I also do a LOT of nursing duties. Way more than actually doing x-rays. 
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Robbie Moubert
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I'm in my 23rd year as a freelance video engineer working in conferences and events (Before that I worked in a video facility in the civil service so I've been in video for 35 years in total). I do a lot of projection, screen-switching, VT playback, cameraman, a bit of racks (vision engineer for multi-camera jobs) and the odd bit of vision-mixing. I can find myself putting a single telly on a stand in a hotel conference room or rigging dozens of projectors in a stadium.

I'm currently in the middle of an eight-week stint in Jakarta as a projectionist for the Asian Games. We've rigged 78 projectors for the opening ceremony and will be keeping 42 of them for the closing which will involve a completely new set-up. This is my third major sports event in three years - Rio Olympics in 2016, Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijan 2017 and now the Asian Games. This picture of me in Rio (a screen grab from a Panasonic promotional video) shows the kind of set-up all three jobs have had:



I do awards shows (particularly BAFTA and the Royal Television Society) and lots of IT and technology-based events. I still do a bit of music now and then - most recently as a cameraman on the Country 2 Country festival in London. In the past I've done tours for acts as diverse as Girls Aloud, James Taylor, Mary J Blige and N-Dubz! One year I found myself at Earls Court on a Friday night doing camera on Iron Maiden and on the Saturday I was at Wembley Arena with thousands of little kids doing CBeebies Live!

I don't tend to do much sport but have worked on two Ryder Cups (2010 and 2014) and the World Rowing Cup. At the London Olympics in 2012 I was on the shooting at the Royal Artillery barracks.

Here's a couple of videos of jobs I particularly enjoyed: IDEX is a big defence exhibition and conference which I've done twice in Abu Dhabi. The video shows the opening of the 2013 show. While my fellow cameramen were running round the arena trying not to get run over by tanks, I was on the pool deck on the 19th floor of the Hyatt Hotel next door! Apart from a few high-angle shots of the arena I was mainly there to get the various aircraft doing their pretend bombing runs down the waterway next to the venue.

The second video is at Battersea Power Station and we had to rig 18 projectors - three on each chimney and four on each of three bottom sections. The content was split into five sections in a D3 media server and sent to the five sets of projectors and the D3 wizard then did all the warping and blending to bring it all together. Sometimes we do it in the projectors, sometimes it's done in the server.

Sorry for waffling on so much but I wanted to get across the variety of what I do which is one of the main attractions for me.



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James Best
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I currently work part-time as a bookseller for Barnes & Noble. I've been doing it for almost four years now. Essentially I took my long term hobby (reading) and pursued it as an occupation :-)  

Prior to that I served 24+ years in the U.S. Army (1989 - 2014, all active duty) before retiring.

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Christopher Frost
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Gigolo.


Just kidding. I'm actually an "inventory control specialist" which is a fancy way of saying I count boxes and move them around :p
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Joe Smith
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Restaurant/Bar GM for 20yrs.
Previously Graphic Design/Darkroom/Pre-Press for 11yrs.
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Mike Baswell
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I typeset newspaper grocery store ads, when I can stop yawning.
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Steve De Young
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As was brought up here a few times in days of yore, I'm an Orthodox priest.  I don't know if folks will find that interesting, but it may make me an odd man out.
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Matt Hawes
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Running a comic shop can be really interesting. I certainly get to meet many interesting people!

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Rich Marzullo
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I'm a social worker at a small, local hospital. After 4 years in child welfare, I'm working with a geriatric, dementia population now. Very fulfilling work.
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John Cole
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Air Traffic Controller USAF 1985-1988 USPS 1989 - 2016.
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Robert Bradley
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I work at a public library, which, unfortunately is much more interesting than we would like with the large number of homeless and mentally ill that frequent it, particularly during the summer.

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Bill Collins
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After 25 years in the steel industry, mainly cold
rolling it, i was made redundant when the group went
into administration and our factory was closed.I now
work in Store Operations for a major retailer, basically
working behind the scenes to make sure everything runs
smoothly, safety systems are operational and stock is
rotated.It`s a major change, but i enjoy it and only
work 30 hours a week, which at my age is nice! We are
also treated much better than my old job, and i work
with a decent bunch of people, many share my geeky
passions!

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Robert Shepherd
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Just about ready to hit the 30th year on my journey as a graphic designer --> creative manager --> freelance web designer --> and on my way to being an independent comic book artist. That'll be my "retirement" career.
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Ryan Maxwell
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Mortgage underwriter.  Not overly interesting, but I do get to read some hysterical and creative lawsuit complaints once in a while. The best part is when we get rescue purchases where a different lender wasn稚 able to get someone in a home, and we池e able to save the day and figure out a way to get it closed. 

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Eric Smearman
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I知 a singer. Currently, I知 performing at a 5-Star hotel in Beijing,
China.
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John Byrne
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Essentially I took my long term hobby... and pursued it as an occupation :-)

Me too!

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David Schmidt
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I'm a lawyer. I meet very interesting people and from time to time I help people in need...


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Tom French
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I started out as a road musician -- I'm a pianist -- and played on three broadway national tours. I've written music and lyrics for over a dozen produced musicals. (One at the Fringe Theatre Festival in Edinburgh.)

After too many years on the road, I taught music at a private school in Maryland and "retired" (burned out) ten years later. 

For lack of something better to do, I got my personal training certification (bucket list) and then became interested in therapeutic stretching. I now co-own a partner-assisted stretching company. We have three locations in the DC area right now. It's not as big a change from music as you might think.
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Steve Ogden
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Deputy Sheriff for last 27 years.
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