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So what does everyone here in the forum do for a living? (just very curious)

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  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    @rocao thanks :-) That's my favorite one too.
    We're talking to another local artist for the next one, hopefully comic book themed! Any graphic artists on here feel like doing a free work for my team would be most welcome though! ;-)
  • Matt_masonMatt_mason Member Posts: 3
    I'm a works manager of shop fitting company.
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    Comic book and storyboard artist.
  • BillokBillok Member Posts: 7
    I'm an IP Data Engineer, specializing in SMTP, BIND and UNIX.. Of course FULL TIME DAD of a 5 year old LEGO MANIAC.
  • meyerc13meyerc13 Member Posts: 227
    Another IT Security guy here - specifically I deal with vulnerability management and security configuration compliance.
  • vynsanevynsane Member Posts: 179
    @legoDad, what comics have you worked on?
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    edited June 2011
    @vynsane....various books....Nightwing, Detective Comics, Vampirella, Quasar, Black Terror, etc.
    Most recently I worked with Stan Lee and the NHL on some short comic stories called the Guardian Project.
    Also original art sketch cards for Marvel's Dangerous Divas line and did a digest sized graphic novel for Scholastic adapting the play Antony & Cleopatra.
    Currently I have some Vampirella and Marvel Universe original art sketch cards on the table.
  • LegopantsLegopants GermanyMember Posts: 2,048
    I'm a technical translator living in SW Germany (not far from Stuttgart).
  • Halberd777Halberd777 Member Posts: 32
    I'm a criminal investigator and digital forensic examiner.
  • vynsanevynsane Member Posts: 179
    @legoDad - I recognize that signature ;) Sweet! I've never really been into DC or Cosmic Marvel, but I collected the first year or so of The Black Terror. I've unfortunately cut back drastically on comics - partly because of how expensive they're getting and also because my burgeoning LEGO hobby was competing for dollars. Time was I'd spend $100-$120 per month at Midtown Comics, now I'm down to $30-$40.

    Your linework is really impressive, very finely detailed. I went to Pratt for Illustration/Graphic Design with the intention of being a comic book artist but the web design thing seemed like a good move for me. I still want to pursue some of my ideas as webcomics eventually.
  • cycoduckcycoduck Member Posts: 22
    I work as a safety compliance coordinator and firefighter in a refinery
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    Thanks vynsane...appreciate the kind words...;)
    Definitely get your work out there. You can start your work as a web comic and nowadays there are many small print companies that when, say you've finished an arc on your webcomic, you can collect that material and print it and have it for the local New York comic cons. If you're attending NYC Comic Con in Oct., look me up at my booth and we'll talk art, comics and of course...LEGO!!!
  • JasenJasen Member Posts: 283
    I'm so out of my depth here. I'd like to say I work with George Costanza as a marine biolist (sienfeld) but alas I am just a chef now studying animation for hope of a better life :)
    Stop mo is my fave (der) but I'm learning it all eg Flash, Maya etc....
    Andor
  • slingerslinger Member Posts: 10
    I'm an aeronautical engineer, currently I have my own business manufacturing carbon fibre parts and UAVs (remote control airplanes)
  • tomcatttomcatt CanadaMember Posts: 24
    Computer geek for Shell. Technically a Sys Admin for OSIsoft PI. Used to be a programmer, but all that gets outsourced to Malaysia these days. I'm here for the money - but have to split it between Lego, quadding (ATV), motorcycle track nights, and gardening. Good thing we have no kids!

    Hopefully around 45, I'll be able to (financially) quit this and go back to my dream job - working in a garden centre! 12 years to go...
  • bahnstormerbahnstormer Member Posts: 180
    I design derivatives settlement processes / systems for banks - think Trading Places meets Rogue Trader. I actually worked for Barings many moons ago on a system called BRAINS - some 4 years after someone there needed one...

    setting up an online toy shop with the Mrs at the moment which goes live in September. Gotta be more to life than banking :-)

    Quite surprised that no-one has yet admitted to being a management consultant...
  • JezzatheshedJezzatheshed Member Posts: 159
    I dig holes.
  • Mr_PerkinsMr_Perkins Member Posts: 2
    Another UNIX Administrator for the pot.
  • trax_3trax_3 Member Posts: 59
    Diagnostic radiographer specialising in dental imaging here
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Member Posts: 4,401
    @legoDad - Quasar! I have fond memories of that series and one called The Nth Man, I think. Did either series survive or get another iteration? I too lost touch with comics soon after they surpassed the $2 threshold. As I recall, the market had begun to splinter with Darkhorse gaining popularity and Image showing up.
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    @yellowcastle...the Quasar series I did was after the ones you've followed. It was with the female Quasar (daughter of Captain Marvel) whom the Quantum Bands were intrusted to. It was part of the Annihilation Conquest storylines.
    The Market now is pretty much just Marvel and DC. Darkhorse, Image, IDW, Dynamite, Boom are decent independent publisher and make some marks with only certain titles. Graphic novels/trade paperbacks seem to have the most appeal with getting a whole storyarc in one package.
    I see pretty much with the advent of the iPad, that's the future of where comics are headed. With stories being published digitially and certain arcs and whole series printed in book form afterwards.
  • TheBigGuyTheBigGuy New ZealandMember Posts: 69
    Accounts Assistant.
  • RedBrickMarketRedBrickMarket Member Posts: 28
    Yet, no one has said, "sell LEGO" :D ... I sell LEGO
    (I just turned 16 so it's not like it's a full time job or anything)

    BTW, it can make anywhere from $15-$45 per hour so I recommend the job to anyone!
    Andor
  • JohnnycogsJohnnycogs Member Posts: 68
    edited June 2011
    @RedBrickMarket, is that for one hour or consistently over a 45 hour working week?
  • jb15jb15 Member Posts: 53
    How do you make that kind of money, RedBrickMarket?

    As someone who is interested in career planning, I'd be interested in why people that like LEGOs often like computers (being in IT or similar).
  • RedBrickMarketRedBrickMarket Member Posts: 28
    @Johnnycogs Per hour
    @jb15 If you get on BL, you can calculate the sales of top stores and which sets they buy (by looking at the instructions they sell) to find what sales they get as long as you estimate a $25 order average. This is about right for a store of such size. Using the BL part out system, sets can double in value at resale. (Sometimes more)
    If you sell on eBay, just use the good deals on BL and resell on eBay or simply part out the sets you buy on eBay just as on BL but for higher profit taking more time, since you must do it manually.
    The trick is finding the balance between quantity and variety so as to supply those who want large amounts of the same (large MOC's) or those who want large variety in small quantity for special items such as LEGO food.
    I've been at this for a few years and I must say I learn something almost every day. It's a job that just keeps getting better and better and if you find the right stuff, you'll have a true niche market (I believe that is the term and spelling :D).
    Sorry, I don't really want to explain the details of the possible $30-$45 per hour that I have recently discovered, but competition is not a problem with the buying power for LEGO right now.
    If you don't know already and are wondering how this works, some people only want some of a set, so you can think of it as giving this person x%, this person x%, and so on, but since you have taken the time to give everyone what they want, allowing them to not buy the whole set, you are able to mark the price of each part up and so bringing a profit.
    (Please excuse the run-on's. I don't have time to fix them right now.)

    So, I hope this helps. The details of parting out sets will give anywhere from $7-$30 per hour all depending on how good you are at finding the right deals, as stated. It may take a while, but I see that most of you on here are already good at that. ;)
    (If you need good deals for parting out, just look at LEGO.com's "what's hot" page.

    Thank you for your interest and I'm sorry about not explaining the rest. I just don't want competition there since this particular selling method would be hard to have competition in.
    Andor
  • RedBrickMarketRedBrickMarket Member Posts: 28
    @jb15 I just read the rest of your comment and was thinking, maybe the other LEGO fans can't work their computers ;)
  • bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
    Graphic Designer, Art Director, Photographer.
    http://bartkowalski.com/

    :D
  • AlczervikAlczervik Member Posts: 93
    Apartment owner/manager

    love this forum!
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,712
    @redbrickmarket, I think it's true to say that you could only make that business model work in the USA where LEGO is much cheaper and more often in the sales.
  • bahnstormerbahnstormer Member Posts: 180
    @redbrickmarket, you need to be more careful quoting figures like that. if you are making around $600 profit per week the IRS is going to be very interested in either your or your parents' income tax return, let alone the undeclared sales tax.

    I would suggest you use the word lucrative rather than quote numbers
    Andor
  • Halberd777Halberd777 Member Posts: 32

    @redbrickmarket, or just hire an accountant and let him work the angles mileage to and from your shipping areas etc. You can be legit you just have to understand the system if you do not already have an accountant. Avoid going through companies look for an accountant who works with your type of business. My wife owns her own home business so I have learned a little about this type of area. You need not fear the IRS just use it and the government to your advantage.
    Andor
  • jb15jb15 Member Posts: 53
    Thanks for the info redbrickmarket. I'm currently into mostly buying LEGO, and not selling it, bought I have in the past, and am wondering if I should do that in the future (either on ebay or BL). Right now, developing games for the iphone is taking up my free time.
  • thewerewithalthewerewithal Member Posts: 28
    AHL hockey player... I try to keep my "dark secret" from my teammates.
  • thewerewithalthewerewithal Member Posts: 28
    @legodad... could you have done better on the Red Wing's Project Guardian character? :)
  • TalasAntaresTalasAntares Member Posts: 124
    I'm a locomotive engineer for Canadian National (former Wisconsin Central). I normally work in the Fond du Lac, WI to Chicago corridor...
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,712
    ^ That has to be coolest occupation so far!
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    edited June 2011
    @legodad... could you have done better on the Red Wing's Project Guardian character? :)
    I wish I did the Red Wing's one...but I ended up doing the Devils, Islanders and Dallas Star (although they switched artists on the Dallas Star for some odd reason but still used my layouts ). But whatever Stan the Man says...goes...;)

  • thewerewithalthewerewithal Member Posts: 28
    ^ the Devil is tight!!!!! I would have tried to incorporate Trottier's 1980 'stache for the Islander though....
  • legoDadlegoDad Member Posts: 529
    ^lol...exactly...the stache!
  • tyrannosaurustyrannosaurus Member Posts: 1
    Teacher.
  • mikeyobmikeyob Member Posts: 26
    Owner of a printing company
  • thewerewithalthewerewithal Member Posts: 28
    edited June 2011
    @tyrannosaurus: do your students know about your habit?
  • burakki62burakki62 Member Posts: 46
    edited June 2011
    @tyrannosaurus what do you teach? I'm a teacher too (o:
  • ThisIsMyCupThisIsMyCup Member Posts: 156
    I am still in college for Graphic Design/Interactive Media Production. Here is my website that I had to create for my classes, www.scubastudios.com ....its still very much a work in progress.
  • vortexdragonvortexdragon Member Posts: 24
    I'm a graphic designer/web developer/photographer/IT person for a small marketing agency. Lego is just another creative outlet for me.
  • ThisIsMyCupThisIsMyCup Member Posts: 156
    @vortexdragon, seems to be a lot of us in here....i wonder if there is a correlation between design and lego? ha.
  • vortexdragonvortexdragon Member Posts: 24


    @ThisIsMyCup Yeah seems to be that way. I can totally see a correlation. :P
  • allendeanallendean Member Posts: 32
    Another software developer here.
  • throttleonthrottleon Member Posts: 17
    For twenty eight years I have owned my own business that does racing schools and driving events for companies and auto manufactures.
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