What’s your day job?

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  • @kable  Feb 5

    For some, making music can be a full on career, but for most of us, myself included, it’s a passion project outside of the workday. So where’s everyone working at?

  • @candle  Feb 5

    I'm a Lifeguard & Swimming Instructor at our local municipal pool.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @nancyrost  Feb 5

    For me, it's a little bit of both. I work as a piano teacher.

  • @leleyukon  Feb 5

    Grad student. I mark undergraduate work on climate change mainly

  • @scottlake Feb 5

    I’m a staff engineer in the ejection seat test and evaluating department of one of the only ejection seat companies in the world. No, we don’t use humans in our tests!

  • @elesimo  Feb 5

    I used to be a climate scientist, became a software engineer a few years ago.

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 5

    Journalist/news producer. So I spend the day trying to cut down the number of words, and nights trying to fill gaps in songs with more words...

  • @vomvorton  Feb 5

    Also a software engineer, which is possibly why that "2000 characters left" bug drives me absolutely crazy.

  • @blakewilliams Feb 5

    Used to be a recording studio technician, now a software engineer in the Bay Area... Left one cliche for another. 🙄

  • @steffan  Feb 5

    Finally made the plunge and became a full time live sound engineer... so I used to work in the day and fawm at night, now I fawm in the day and work at night, which has had a noticeable effect on the stuff I've been making.

  • @johnstaples  Feb 5

    I co-own and run a web design company with my wife!

  • @kable  Feb 5

    Really cool variety of occupations! @elesimo , @vomvorton , and @blakewilliams , I'm happy to have found some fellow software engineers! What kinds of software are we talking? Audio-related, web-dev, infrastructure?

  • @spingo  Feb 5

    I'm a book editor, painter, and photographer.

  • @blakewilliams Feb 5

    @kable I do full-stack for a Customer Data Pipeline company, but I definitely have some audio related side-projects that are constantly in the works and never getting finished. 😂

  • @kable  Feb 5

    @blakewilliams relate to the side projects for sure. There's one that's taking me quite a while right now, a custom visualizer tool that could make basic animations from MIDI input. Sort of like Animusic, but 2D, and more abstract.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 5

    @kable vaguely audio-related as I work for a company that does in-store music, but I mostly work on the in-house software that they use for playlisting and stuff. No side projects, I like coding but 8 hours a day is enough for me!

  • @torniojaws Feb 5

    Developing software for the Airbus A350 aircraft entertainment system 😀

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 5

    I'm a piano teacher. My job allows me to play and improvise my music as I often prepare students for exams where for aural sections I can play along with other music my compositions.
    A few of my students create piano pieces and it is fascinating to hear them.

  • @rainchaser  Feb 5

    I'm a front service clerk at a grocery store called Publix.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 5

    I'm a professional learning specialist and instructional designer in the field of property law.

    Having a bit of creative writing nous is more of an asset than you might think.

  • @nicolascage Feb 5

    I'm an actor.

  • @johnstaples  Feb 5

    @nicolascage have you been in anything we might have seen?

  • @klaus  Feb 5

    I'm working in the Finnish Adult Education Center of Helsinki as a temporary part-time librarian, but most of the time I monitor the open computer lab. Yes, I'm poor. 😀

  • @klaus  Feb 5

    @nicolascage So you're a starving artist too, I assume?

  • @ianuarius  Feb 5

    I do game-development-related gigs. Currently making some graphics for a New Zeland company that is developing a digital board game. Last December gave some lectures in Germany. That sorta stuff.

  • @adforperu  Feb 5

    Sales consultant/account manager type thing for a private medical insurance provider. It's what I always dreamed of.

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 5

    @ianuarius You might know - or at least be aware of - my friend who runs the 3-Minute Board Games YouTube channel.

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 5

    I work in finance at a software company.

  • @ianuarius  Feb 5

    @radioovermoscow Oh, I'm very much just into making video games for PC and such. I don't know much anything about board games or mobile games. I might give that channel a watch, but I'm also not watching any videos this year (new year's resolution), haha.

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 5

    @ianuarius No probs! Just saw 'New Zealand' and 'board game' in the same sentence and my innate patriotism kicked in 😝

  • @oddbod  Feb 5

    I'm a lion tamer

  • @nateger  Feb 5

    I'm working in a factory making chocolate bars. Part Willy Wonka and part Oompa Loompa

  • @theresaj  Feb 5

    I’m mostly a stay at home mom but I volunteer at a local hospital two days a week.

  • @konemake Feb 5

    Software developer. Full stack web stuff. Boooooring.

  • @scottlake Feb 5

    @blakewilliams that phrase you used could be a great line in a song ...left one cliché for another...

  • @kirjis  Feb 5

    I'm a translator right now, but before that I was a software engineer, and actually I have the most work experience as a photographer. I used to be a hospital photographer for a few years and I did weddings for a few years as well.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 5

    I'm an art director and lead graphic designer for web development company. I've also been a freelance artist (graphic design, album art, illustration, murals, etc.) for 20+ years. But I've been kind of dialing back the freelance work the past couple of years and focusing more on my fine art - paintings, drawings, sculpture etc. I randomly fell into wire-wrapping and have been doing art shows for the past 3 seasons creating wire wrapped jewelry. It's a lot more fun just creating whatever I want and people buy it if they like it vs. working on freelance projects dictated by clients. lol

    This year I made a personal commitment to NO freelance work. Only art for myself and what I want to do. I've got albums to finish and so I want to focus on music and just entered my first Juried Art show for paintings (vs. jewelry that I've been doing). So fingers crossed.

    This is a ridiculously long response. I have a lot of jobs.

    Oh, and did I mention I'm a gigging musician too? hahahaha

  • @kovbleu  Feb 5

    @radioovermoscow that's quite a balancing act! @johnstaples shout out to a fellow web developer. 😀 @ianuarius sounds cool!

  • @berni1954  Feb 5

    I'm a retired University Lecturer. I used to teach translation from Catalan into English. I am still a part-time freelance translator. Buit I can now pick and choose the jobs I do, thanks to my pension.

  • @berni1954  Feb 5

    @kirjis Hi fellow translator. Which languages do you translate from/into? Are you on Proz?

  • @berni1954  Feb 5

    @scottlake Would that be Martin Baker? I have a great story about them you should hear 😉

  • @donna  Feb 5

    Former journalist and educator. Also translated (German-English) for a couple of years. I now work freelance as an editor (books, articles, PhD theses) and manage (official title 'desk editor') a medical/scientific journal for a publisher in Germany.
    @kovbleu Like you, a hobby of mine (making acrylic art jewellery) has turned into a nice little venture on the side. 😀 I sell pieces from a local shop and an arts & crafts gallery. And this morning I had my first lesson in a silversmith course. Never a dull moment. 😉

  • @bamsekarhu Feb 5

    I'm a youth worker and game educator.

  • @andygetch  Feb 5

    Civil engineer now semi-retired working as facility manager at a non-profit arts center (where I painted my profile pic) and that hosts the farmers market where @chipwithrow and I hang out and sometimes play music on Saturday mornings.

  • @kevinmason  Feb 5

    I work in restoration ecology. I’m at a small company that restores land to native habitats. In SW Wisconsin where we do most of our work, this means planting prairie, thinning out woods to restore oak savanna, carrying out prescribed burns, controlling (or trying to control) invasive species. Always outdoors, usually pretty fun.

  • @tcelliott  Feb 5

    I supervise the Material Recovery Facility (MRF - Recycle Center) for the City of Columbia, Missouri. It's a dirty job, but.... I like it.

  • @fulanin Feb 5

    @kable , @elesimo , @vomvorton , @blakewilliams. Now you have another software engineer in the group.
    Last FAWM I was a undergraduate student, and I was lucky to get a job straight out of college.
    Tbh the only thing that I learned in collage that I'm using on my job are the broad concepts of programming. I think i will only put most of the things I leaned in college (C, data structures, OS, graphs) in practice if I go for a masters degree, and I'd have to re-learn most of the things.

  • @fulanin Feb 5

    @kable I forgot to answer, but I'm mostly developing web apps using Rails, desktop apps with Electron (that I've never heard of before) and occasionally a mobile app using Ionic (but I'm studying Flutter).

  • @wacha  Feb 5

    I do customer service and phone system programming for a small telecommunications company.

  • @valeriecox  Feb 5

    I work at a TV station in Creative Services. Basically edit video and make graphics.

  • @pearlmanhattan  Feb 5

    Sole caregiver and widowed mom to a 14 year old autistic son.

  • @gslade Feb 5

    @pearlmanhattan - #respect That's a tough gig.

  • @gslade Feb 5

    Senior IT Director at a casino.

  • @scottlake Feb 5

    @berni1954 no it’s Collins Aerospace, formerly UTC Aerospace Systems. MB is the arch rival.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 5

    i am a chef. i specifically did my apprenticeship in pastry, but mostly i make my living cooking meals.
    i usually win in the online contest to describe your job in the worst possible terms, as i say "everything i make turns to s#!t."

  • @mattlitzinger  Feb 5

    Web developer (mostly PHP and JS)
    https://mlitzinger.com/

  • @kirjis  Feb 5

    @berni1954 I translate English to Finnish, and yes, I'm in proz.com (and translatorscafe).

  • @fuzzy  Feb 5

    I was a substitute and full-time teacher for over 25 years, which was a rough gig at times. I have had the great good fortune to be able to retire early, though, so now I spend most of my time sitting on the couch reading and FAWMing. 😀

  • @elesimo  Feb 5

    @kable I work at Lyft, developing an open source project for data visualization and BI (Apache Superset). I've been working with data most of my career, which makes sense since I come from a science background.

    @fulanin that's normal, for most people I know in the field data structures are something they study when they have job interviews! I remember when a friend at Facebook was extremely excited because he finally got to use a graph algorithm to solve a real world problem! 😀

  • @alyxanderjames  Feb 5

    I'm an IT support specialist who manages the client database for a social services org, but I'm looking to get out of the nonprofit world. Currently my partner and I are BOTH at nonprofits, and...it's just not sustainable. Music keeps me (relatively) sane.

  • @spunky4455 Feb 5

    Radio traffic reporter and freelance photographer

  • @scottlake Feb 5

    @tsunamidaily made no chortle!

  • @scottlake Feb 5

    Correction @tsunamidaily made me chortle!🤣

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 5

    I work in non-profit fundraising.

    @nateger - Your profile says you're in Boston. Would your chocolate brand be Taza? I ask because I took a tour there once and had a great time.

  • @embersofautumn Feb 5

    IT Service Desk Lead Tech for a Credit Union. It's a job like any other. Mainly I google the answers to questions people call me about.

  • @standup  Feb 5

    Graphic designer, I design publications for an office of the US government (I'm a contractor, not a federal employee).

  • @chipwithrow  Feb 5

    @rainchaser - I love my neighborhood Publix!
    Former school teacher (20+ years), like a few of you here.
    Former journalist, editor, graphic designer, like a few of you here.
    Current yoga studio teacher/manager/co-owner (with my wife).

  • @chrishope Feb 5

    I'm in Recovery

  • @kable  Feb 5

    @chrishope sorry to hear that, hope you’re doing well.

  • @jamkar  Feb 5

    Radiation oncology nurse practitioner in a multi site private practice.

  • @ray07 Feb 5

    Part time structural engineer, part time learning farmer.

  • @pfoo  Feb 5

    I'm a software engineer as well. My username is, embarrassingly, a common variable name in computer science textbooks and documentation. I currently work mostly with Java on a cloud based application that allows colleges and universities to manage their enrollments.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 5

    mundane

  • @fecknom  Feb 5

    I help lead a guest operations team at a science museum. Wrangling school buses and chaperones, among other things.

  • @downburst  Feb 5

    I recently retired from my career as a college instructor teaching all you software engineers to write effectively and play well with the other kids.

  • @chariotbaldwin  Feb 5

    Me - my fancy title is Medico Legal Coordinator - basically I"m the door bitch for your medical records. If anyone wants a copy of your medical records ... they gotta go thru me - Have been in Records Management for 15 yrs now but this role, a Privacy role - for the last 2.5

  • @mishykatz  Feb 5

    I have a pottery studio and school in Phoenix http://www.desertdragonpottery.com Been doing clay since 1979

  • @leah0k  Feb 5

    Slanging coffee and yumyumz.

  • @spinhead Feb 5

    @mishykatz say WHAT? So while we've never gotten together musically, I've also missed playing with clay? One of my secret dreams.

    My day job. Like, for a living? Huh. I write novels, which takes time, but doesn't bring in money. I build a website once in a while (25 years at it and still learning.) My wife does social media for business authors.

    I gigged professionally for a while (bass and lead vocal, classic rock cover band) but I'm still about $3,000 down in my income/expense ratio for music. Now I just gig in my living room (and once a year in northern Wisconsin.)

  • @owl  Feb 5

    @kirjis @berni1954 @donna I'm also in the field of translation (the boring management side, though, so today has been spent mostly making budgets, assigning stuff to people, and assessing project scope)

    I feel like most people who go into this field imagine themselves translating novels and poetry and other glamorous and beautiful things, but today I am attempting to convince 38 linguists to pick up the translation of a user's manual for an anoscope, which is exactly what it sounds like.

  • @davidhendricks Feb 5

    Instructional Designer at a blood bank. Our regulating bodies require that our training reflect our SOPs, is current, and competencies are conducted yearly, the lab's regulations are especially stringent. I spend probably a quarter to third of my time documenting rather than designing training.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 5

    @spinhead I would be happy to treat you and your wife to a pottery class....come on out!

  • @zachagerty Feb 5

    singer/songwriter and worship pastor at the altar fellowship in johnson city, TN

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 5

    I'm a technical writer for a software company. As it happens one of my challenges is getting our docs etc translated. I admire folks in that side of the business hugely.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 5

    Busy.

  • @sbs2018 Feb 6

    I’m mostly retired from technical writing working with all you engineers, but an occasional contract is not unheard of. I fill my days mostly writing novels and working on my music.

  • @dugganensis  Feb 6

    Medical records office clerk and transcriptionist. (No relation to @chariotbaldwin).

  • @cairobraga Feb 6

    radio and music are the full time careers I want, dream of and studied/study for.
    but for now I work as a customer service agent at a call centre for an energy company and I absolutely hate it.

  • @skylermf Feb 6

    High school senior and frozen yogurt cashier.
    So basically living the dream.

  • @toms Feb 6

    Philosophy instructor. 😁

  • @robotkitten  Feb 6

    Game developer--these days I mostly do project management, but it's a small company so I keep my hand in at programming and design as well.

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 6

    @elesimo your climate science wizardry may be required before too long...
    @spingo nice!
    I can relate to @oddbod ....I am a professional cat herder. I specialize in herding ADHD bipolar cats...

  • @atam94 Feb 6

    I'm working part-time for a radio station. And I'm hoping to get back into university classes (online) next month. I have about a year or so left until I graduate, and then I'm moving back to Japan if everything works out.

  • @unknownbecky  Feb 6

    Y'all are fascinating! @standup - I'm a graphic designer designing publications for an office of the *UK* government (but remotely from Nashville).

  • @nateger  Feb 6

    @bradbrubaker Not Taza but this place https://www.skybarcandy.com/. This candy bar was popular in the 50s and 60s and the candy company, Necco went out of business. This factory is remaking this bar and people are stoked

  • @gubna Feb 6

    Customer service rep for a notable wine distributor. They've been in business for 47 years! I've been there 6.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 6

    @sbs2018 Yours sounds like the perfect situation!

  • @robynmackenzie  Feb 6

    I'm a peer support worker at a mental health agency.

  • @frenchcricket  Feb 6

    Masters Student / Unemployed

  • @yam655 Feb 6

    I'm a software engineer at a public university.

  • @mdavisto  Feb 6

    Avocado farmer. Bring your own toast.

  • @sailingmagpie  Feb 6

    I work for the NHS. I'm in the Chief Executive's office at the local hospital.

  • @aflinner  Feb 6

    Man, this thread is awesome! It’s great to see how so many of us spend our days. So diverse, with a common ground of music-making. I love this community.

    I work at a local music store, renting band/orchestra instruments, answering questions about gear, restringing guitars, demoing keyboards, explaining recording interfaces, selling stuff, etc.....and after 10 years, I still love helping other musicians find what they need to make the music they want to make. Totally the right job for me.

  • @corinnecurcio  Feb 6

    It WAS Medical Malpractice Insurance. I'm very happy to say that as of 12/31/19 I have retired, and no longer have to read horrific stories of medical mishaps, or speak with misbehaving psychologists

  • @ianuarius  Feb 6

    @robotkitten Anything I might have heard of?

  • @jdukeproject Feb 6

    I do a lot of gig work (Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, DoorDash, Instacart, etc). I also run my own personal shopping hustle on the side. When I'm not doing that stuff, my wife and I own a goat farm.

    @rainchaser I love Publix! Anytime in in Florida I have to go to one.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 6

    house husband

  • @sbs2018 Feb 6

    @ayehahmur Yes, I’m really enjoying this time of my life. I’ve got a lot of catch-up to do in music after neglecting it for way too long! I’m a bit impatient. 😀

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 6

    @sbs2018 I wish you all the enjoyment of it. Both for the music and the writing. Both of these things are squeezed into the corners of my life and it's frustrating (having said that, I enjoy my job too 😀 )

  • @atitlan  Feb 6

    Yet another one in IT ... Database Administrator in my case (SQL Server) working for a company providing an outsourced service for the UK government.

  • @robotkitten  Feb 6

    @ianuarius All casual mobile games. If you've heard of any of them it would probably be Cascade--long shot, but now and then I do encounter a Cascade player in the wild.

  • @ianuarius  Feb 6

    @robotkitten Oh, I see. Yea, I don't play on mobile, unfortunately. 😀

  • @zecoop  Feb 6

    Microbiologist here... No coding or IT for me, other than the unfortunate times I need to call them. I'm sure you are all better than the norm. 😉

  • @tootoobee  Feb 6

    I'm a chemist and patent attorney (and mom of a 10 and 13 yo son)

  • @aeye Feb 6

    Information Security Engineer ( specifically work with SIEM)

  • @bking  Feb 9

    I’ve been a software engineer for twenty five plus years. Most recently as a SQL developer/ data conversion analyst; aka bus mechanic.

  • @hoppiern  Feb 9

    Registered Nurse in a hospital. Specialized background in critical care and interventional radiology/cardiology, but now I work where the rubber meets the road. 13,000 - 15,000 steps a day per 12 hour shift 😊

  • @rshakesp  Feb 9

    A manager in a global tech company - I get to be a little creative at work and a lot creative at home (on the rare occasions I’m there) catch me at an airport near you with my travel guitar...

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Feb 9

    I am a nurse. I work in a hospice. Best job ever. Much more laughter than you might imagine.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 9

    All my earned income comes from Music. surprising the variety of opportunities if you are willing to do what it takes. I'm just a musical tart externally although internaly my wife says I'm a musical snob in hiding.

  • @zeekle1998  Feb 9

    I help investigate when then are clinical incidents for an NHS hospital. I’m a nurse by background with 20+ years of working an Emergency Department (I still do shifts in Paeds ED)
    I gig regularly in a covers band throughout Kent, UK.

  • @ustaknow Feb 9

    Crash test dummy

  • @tuneslayer2018  Feb 9

    I'm a software developer for a lifestyle brand known primarily for their tropical attire. I also volunteer for a political campaign and give my great-grandkids someone their own age to play with.

    No wonder I'm falling behind on the songwriting. Time to write one about toddlers rtunning for office wearing Hawaiian shirts, I guess.

  • @elainedimasi  Feb 9

    So @berni1954, sounds like @scottlake totally needs to hear that story.

    As for me: Physicist turned project manager, 20+ years at national labs. Oh, and 2 years ago I was running in a primary for the US Congress, instead of FAWMing. Got the same amount of votes per dollar as the professionals!

    @leleyukon @elesimo @zecoop @tootoobee Yay for once and future scientists!

  • @johnfahres Feb 10

    Technical Operations Manager, Event Services Dept. Drexel U., Philly, PA.

    I manage a 20 person staff: 3/4 students, 1/4 pros, setting and running a/v and live sound for events on the Drexel U main campus (plus a million other things I wind up doing under the heading "duties as assigned by supervisor". HA!)

    Lastly, though it's not a paid gig, I do host a weekly 80's alt/indie/New Wave radio show for an Internet radio station.

  • @ryuu  Feb 13

    Freelance German copywriter, copy editor and - occasionally - music typesetter/editor. Copy writing is what I like least but what pays most; for the past two to three years, I have mostly been editing academic works (bachelor and master theses, humanities essays, and one or two PhD theses).
    Music typesetting and editing pays pathetically little, but I find it most satisfying.

  • @smileymn Feb 13

    Full time student, freelance jazz musician and educator

  • @the3queens  Feb 13

    Piano/voice teacher/accompanist/performer...lifeguard in the summer for fun!

  • @boxtape Feb 13

    I work at a music university, delivering webinars, occasional in-class teaching, student support, as well as looking after the online learning environment.

    I'm also a YouTuber!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 13

    So many IT and medical people here! I always say that along with a good doctor and mechanic, everyone should have a good computer person. I am a counselor working with kids who are in kindergarten to 3rd grade. I love it and I get enough love an attention for all of you.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 13

    I design, develop, and deliver training courses to children's services staff based on training needs analysis, rather than force-feeding them "off the shelf" stuff that serves no real purpose or has any impact. Most of my job is spent getting adults to realise that they are just older children and to not behave like dicks to those in their care.

  • @zecoop  Feb 13

    Shrubberies are my trade. I am a shrubber. My name is ZeCoop the Shrubber. I arrange, design, and sell shrubberies. 😉

  • @aneil Feb 21

    Fully qualified accountant in a software company who sings! It’s better than what I used to be! A financial manager in corporate they blocked access to Fawm

  • @vegansongs  Feb 24

    Licensed Massage Therapist at an organic spa and salon. Volunteer work has included Hospice care and abolitionist vegan educator. Oh and answering the local AA office phones - coming up on 28 years sober March 13~ wow..that's a long time between drinks!

  • @aesthetic72  Feb 24

    Geologist, then frontier-days multimedia hack (I have the purple zip disks to prove it), then an ABD PhD drop out (MA ethnomusicology), now I'm working for a major public research university in an application development/database management shop. (excellent benefits) I write all the things and put words in people's mouths. And go to Europe as often as I can. And I write songs sometimes, too. 😀

  • @filklore Feb 24

    IT Consultant. Looking forward to retirement and more time with music.

  • @thetambourinepeople Feb 24

    I've been a professional voice actor for almost as long as I've been a working musician; since I moved away from the area I spent the most time in and there's been no scene where I've lived since, the music is primarily being made in the studio - so at this point my 'day job' as it were is voice actor. E-learning, training videos, the odd commercial (currently for Louisiana Lottery & recently for Lyft), jingle singing, on-hold phone menus we all love to hate, etc! 😀 I built a dedicated, isolated, tuned studio in my current house specifically to do double duty for VO and music production (was doing comedy music heard on The Dr Demento Show for decades prior to this). FAWM has reconnected me with the creative process and ripped away limits I didn't realize I had put on myself. Musical equivalent of improv - shut up and write it down!! Best gift I could have received was the suggestion to do this.

  • @ajna1960 Feb 24

    Lyricist.
    But I also moonlight a little as an archery coach.

  • @rorowe Feb 24

    My job that pays most of my living expenses is working at a homeless shelter. I also teach private lessons, gig, and just recently, started a Production/Live Sound internship at The Fox and Boulder Theatres.

  • @gm7 Feb 25

    I co-own a GIS company that specializes in land ownership. Our company has also worked in the oil industry for about 20 year doing fishery data analytics and route analysis. But music is more fun.

  • @krrisstin  Feb 25

    i'm a physical therapist specializing in neurology and oncology.

  • @tafkavince  Feb 26

    Teacher's assistant, bartender, play in 2 bands and solo.

  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 26

    I'm a web + UX Librarian, which means I do UX design for an academic library's website/web apps/am the one on our smol web team with a library degree. 😀

  • @scubed  Feb 26

    Retired attorney. Over the course of 35 years, my legal career was sometimes fascinating and exhilarating, sometimes soul-sucking and enervating. But it was always very demanding, and it left me precious little time and energy for music-making. Retirement is good!

    I am in awe of all you FAWMers who are creating music while juggling professional and/or family obligations. You are amazing!

  • @rayboneor  Feb 26

    I didn't want to read this list at first. I kind of like the mystery. In my mind, we all reside in this non-space of FAWM, ageless and bodiless, pursuing Art that will consume itself in some sort of inferno the moment February is over. Sometimes when I travel in Europe or Japan, I think, "I could drop in and visit _____." That thought makes me very nervous, and I always set it aside.

    Me? I'm a lapsed high school French teacher. I haven't really spoken French in 15 years, but I'm sure there's some lingering in my mind. I studied politics and political philosophy in grad school. Never finished my dissertation. These days I have the loftiest of jobs: Substitute teacher in the Portland Public Schools. I thought I knew a lot about my city before venturing into its middle schools. I have received quite an education. I'm "working" right now!

  • @standup  Feb 26

    Well FAWMers who find themselves in Washington DC are welcome to look me up. I’ve met a couple of us that way.

  • @zecoop  Feb 26

    @rayboneor - I have a list of a bunch of FAWMers that I am planning on visiting when I get to their area. Part of why I am looking forward to lots of travel when I retire. I've met a number here in Michigan and some from Madison when Owl's band played shows with us. I think they had three FAWMers in the band. Stop by if you are around here! 😀

  • @boyatheart Feb 27

    I do the following in a freelance manner:
    Write music & lyrics
    Record guitar
    Play live (mostly weddings and corporate events)
    Teach guitar

    The playing live is particularly good. It's all covers, it's fun and the venues are always spectacular in some way; either on the beach, overlooking the ocean at sunset, in luxury resorts and villas or all the above combined.

  • @iwilleatyou  Feb 27

    Christ...am I the only one who does softcore pron?? Who's the mac daddy of FAWM now?
    And no...don't ask.....I won't tell what vids I'm in. I can assure you though none of them involves Nicolas Cage.

  • @rustyp Feb 27

    I'm a Spanish inerpreter. I would LOVE to make music my day job! 😀

  • @nikke88 Feb 27

    My daily is the most interesting one possible; I'm a wages clerk. Rock and roll. 🙂

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