Grim Reality

Discussion of music production, audio, equipment and any related topics, either with or without Ableton Live
anonymouse
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Grim Reality

Post by anonymouse » Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:30 pm

What is everyone's 'real job' here?

I always suspect that most of us on this forum are addicted hobbyists rather than music 'industry pros'.

To make your main money, if you are employed, post what you do, how long you have been doing it, how much you earn and where you live.

Or if you are unemployed, say it. And say how long you've been unemployed and how much the government pays you.

Or if a student, studying what?

Are there millionaires amongst us, or are you just scraping by?

Interesting to hear how people in different countries are making a living...

knotkranky
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Re: Grim Reality

Post by knotkranky » Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:35 pm

anonymouse wrote:What is everyone's 'real job' here?

I always suspect that most of us on this forum are addicted hobbyists rather than music 'industry pros'.

To make your main money, if you are employed, post what you do, how long you have been doing it, how much you earn and where you live.

Or if you are unemployed, say it. And say how long you've been unemployed and how much the government pays you.

Or if a student, studying what?

Are there millionaires amongst us, or are you just scraping by?

Interesting to hear how people in different countries are making a living...

Lets start with you anonymouse :idea:

funk313
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Post by funk313 » Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:41 pm

im a rodent too!!

anonymouse
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Post by anonymouse » Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:41 pm

sure - I'm a software tester. Basically I get told what a new piece of functionality is meant to do, and I spend a few days trying to break it!

Not quite Sasha, but it pays the bills and isn't too stressful.

I live in Ireland and for my troubles I get paid EUR32,000 a year and I've been doing this for 3 years.

And you knotkranky?

jamesp
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Post by jamesp » Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:44 pm

Poster child. Hey, it's a living.

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Post by djshiva » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:08 am

fundraiser for a nonprofit environmental lobby organization.

yes. i am a professional treehugger. :)
http://www.soundcloud.com/djshiva
http://www.facebook.com/djshivamusic
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Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo / OSX / 2Gb RAM / Ableton Live 8 / Akai LPD8/LPK25

knotkranky
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Post by knotkranky » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:10 am

anonymouse wrote:sure - I'm a software tester. Basically I get told what a new piece of functionality is meant to do, and I spend a few days trying to break it!

Not quite Sasha, but it pays the bills and isn't too stressful.

I live in Ireland and for my troubles I get paid EUR32,000 a year and I've been doing this for 3 years.

And you knotkranky?
Fair enough, I'm an industry pro audio engineer and 20 year musician. It's always paid my bills somehow. Mainly mixing in my studio in venice CA. lamenting pre 2003 when my rate was triple now. Its feast/famine by all accounts. I get a big joy from putting the pro mix moves on home recordings and watching their jaws drop and eyes well up, though it's a bummer when the check bounces. God how I miss P.O.'s and record companies.

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Post by mike holiday » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:31 am

professional drunk for over a decade :oops:
dual 1.8 G4 10.4.9 w/768 ram & A&H xone 3D


"I ain't often right but I've never been wrong"

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Post by j0shu@ » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:33 am

im a software programmer / computer tech for a major automotive company.

dataspore
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Post by dataspore » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:51 am

mike holiday wrote:professional drunk for over a decade :oops:
you're a bike courier too?
:o

jonathono2000
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Post by jonathono2000 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:23 am

I am a graphic designer — wait I asked this very question like 2 weeks ago and got like 2 responses, oh well — I live in Minneapolis, I make $25,000 a year but I just graduated from college and I was working for free at internship until recently so I guess this is OK for my first gig. However if they don't give me like a 10% raise every 6 months until I'm making something decent I'm outta there.

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Post by friend_kami » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:47 pm

unemployed, but im technically getting paid from my goverment to stay at home making music heh.

its a bit tricky, but i cant complain. a bit boring from time to time though :)

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Post by tokyojoe69 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:58 pm

I'm South African living in London on a student visa. I've doubled up my courses, doing a communication degree as well as web design and development. Because of my student visa I'm legally only allowed to work 20hrs a week, which is nowhere near enough to survive. Doing a bar job that equates to about £90 a week, and my rent alone is £85 a week. I do freelance writing for a financial website and on weekends I ride rickshaws in the west-end, which just about puts some food in my tummy and a couple new tunes off beatport every now and then. Student life is GREAT! Seriously! :D

Sten
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Post by Sten » Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:35 pm

Accountant in Maine, USA for a paycheck in the low 30k range. I spend more on gear and tunes than I make doing gigs.

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Post by SubFunk » Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:20 pm

soundengineer / producer in my own studio and as a freelancer for mainly electronic music but also accoustic stuff [been doing that since over 20years] and in our days only occasional DJ-ing.

also i do write occasionally music for TV and Cinema commercials.

so most of my live i was surounded from sound and music in the one way or other, and kept my fridge happy.

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