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PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
We've covered ages, names, how long we've been spinning, injuries and embarrassing moments. I read in one of the threads that Dangerboy is into biology or something which got me wondering...what do you do as a day job????For me, this is my day job. I also am a freelance writer. I own a production company called Creative Illusions, which helsp coordinate different acts, including Pyromorph. I also direct/teach improv theater and write for events.Other than that I have managed a book store, been a bartender at a wild bar and taught first and second grade special ed, none of which is nearly as fulfilling as performing to me (though bartending is close).Oh, and now I can also add that I am the newly inducted Reptile Specialist at a small pet store chain here in the middle of nowhere. It doesn't interfere with the performing and it is another job I love to pieces!And yes, I do know I am one of the lucky ones! tongue ------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir..."I prefer not to go where there is a path but to blaze a new one!"[This message has been edited by Pele (edited 05 January 2002).]

Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK


Peregrinemember
428 posts
Location: Mystic, Ct. USA


Posted:
hey yeah im a zoologist-turned-graphics person too...i do architectural rendering and other cad stuff and maybe in theory some landscape design thats bird friendly if ever anyone would ask for that. mostly im doing this since i somehow think that the computer skills will get me back to australia faster than the biology ones since im a birder and not something useful like a biochemist. and i do a little biological illustration on the side which maybe someday i will persue more seriously. Pere

KTmember
54 posts
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand


Posted:
Sweet, there's a vast array of professions here...i myself have started a computer graphic design course which im loving........so i mooch in front of a computer every day......*yay* shockedIm going to get into the music industry and performing arts GD......one day!I quit high school last year, not my scene, thank god i left............ smile

KTmember
54 posts
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand


Posted:
Sweet, there's a vast array of professions here...i myself have started a computer graphic design course which im loving........so i mooch in front of a computer every day......*yay* shockedIm going to get into the music industry and performing arts GD......one day!

Posted:
I have done alot of things in my life,,from boat captian, to now skate shop owner,, but most of the time I was a mechanic,jack of all trades master at some,, I can fix anything, with a little head scratching,, I guess you could say Im one of the last honest dudes who don't rip people off,, I like the smiles on peoples faces,, when I dont even charge them

ChloeBRONZE Member
member
54 posts
Location: Kent - UK


Posted:
I'm gonna add to the amount of students on the board ...i'm in the final month of a degree in Computing and Philosophy, (yep, i know, strange combo, they kinda fit together, and i had my reasons for taking them together) and i have never worked so hard in all my life!occasionally, when the student loan runs out i get myself employed in a local pub, and i worked in Holborn, London for a while for an Internet Company (mainly on R&D, which was good fun (can't have been real work i hear you say!).Hmm, thats a question i'd like to know the answer to.. How many of you actually enjoy your job, really? I'm currently having a debate with my boyf about people and enjoying jobs???

Chloe.
-I'm dancing through the fire just to catch a flame-
Paul Weller


PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
Chloe...I love my job and have found in the past that if I don't like it I don't last. It's one of those primary life principles I live by...I need to find pleasure in what i do to be able to do it at a level I am happy with.------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir..."I prefer not to go where there is a path but to blaze a new one!"

Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK


Posted:
hate my current place of employment, love my job smilesoon to be fixed smileJsh

WildChildmember
43 posts
Location: Pretoria, South Africa


Posted:
Agricultural journalist........Freelance TV presenter (currently also for an agricultural show)......Part of a team (my mom's the other part) presenting courses to aspiring drama teachers on how to teach drama.....Freelance drama teacher (ag, little things like teaching the kids how to do mime etc. during school holidays).......Freelance radio presenter (very *free*lance)....Yeah, that's 'bout it.......I'm happy though.------------------*WC*

*8*WildChild*8*


ykaterinaBRONZE Member
member
107 posts
Location: east randolph, VT USA


Posted:
wow, wildchild, what do you write for? i just moved to this farm, and am dying for ag sources!i pay the bills by working on software (www.atg.com) but really what i *do* is follow my dreams. currently that means that i am living on and managing a 150-acre farm which is definitely more than i can handle, but there ya go. smile there's so much work to do, but i'm hoping that in addition to the farm producing most of the hay for the valley's animals (dairy cattle) and a significant amount of (ecologically managed) lumber, within the next few years i'll be able to grow all of our own produce and we'll have a respectable horse farm going...whoever said "one thing at a time" was definitely NOT a farmer! smile

Simosenthusiast
382 posts
Location: London, UK


Posted:
Chloe, IMHO the majority of people either don't like their jobs or are indifferent (probably people on this BB are not a representative sample)...there's nothing much that can be done about it either since there are a number of tasks that have to be carried out if we are to have the necessary resources for survival; if you are one of the lucky ones who enjoys doing something that happens to be beneficial for the society then you'll be happy and will find a job you enjoy - if not you go on and find a job you hate less than the others and get the necessary money you need and then keep all the things that interest you but can't be used to earn a living as hobbies...btw i didn't realize you were studying computing and philosophy; i though you did something along the lines of politics and philosophy...hmmmm does that mean that now i have to change the image of you that i have formed in my mind??? confused just pulling your leg... winkhappy swinging,Simos

WildChildmember
43 posts
Location: Pretoria, South Africa


Posted:
ykat:I write for a publication that goes out fortnightly - Agricultural News.....We cover a broad spectrum of agric stuff - from legislature to small-scale farmer activities.I will be more than happy to get u the info you're looking for. At least I can then apply the knowledge I've acquired over the past three years to something other than just the publication.And I think I know how you feel - in a way, that is. I studied drama......therefore, starting out in the agricultural field three years ago was hectic for me. I didn't have a clue - especially about the aspects concerning legislature.Please lemme know what u're looking for - mail me:renskej@nda.agric.zaAs far as the matter of being happy with what I'm doing presently is concerned:I guess I'm 1 of the lucky ones who draws an awfull lot of satisfaction from my job. But then I'm also one of those who believes in not getting stuck in one place (jobwise and maybe otherwise as well....depends) for longer than five years......... wink------------------*WC*

*8*WildChild*8*


kayakingmember
6 posts
Location: Invercargill, NZ


Posted:
heyi'm a high school student, i think i've already answered this question, damn short term memory

ffirebellGOLD Member
member
44 posts
Location: Aotearoa, New Zealand


Posted:
I'm a fire-fairie gypsy at the moment... currently in Aotearoa, about to go off fruit picking, which I have done in Canada one season many moons ago. I do whatever I can, and if I dont like it I leave and find something else to do.. My last job in Victoria was my favoritest yet, it was working as a custodian for a big tourist garden, but I really liked it cuz of the people I worked with and the garden itself is a magical place... I like to be in magical places...Work by day, spin flames by night... Fire, earth, water, air power to you all!!! FFB

Fairie's wear boots.


nomadBRONZE Member
retired
356 posts
Location: Paris, France


Posted:
Damn, you are all gonna make me look like a corporate schmuck now... I used to be an account executive for a food broker type of company, working for a dictator-control-freak boss. I just switched to a local marketing technology company that does a lot of flash based stuff.nomad

ChloeBRONZE Member
member
54 posts
Location: Kent - UK


Posted:
Simos, i think you are probably right. The majority of people i have met do seem to view thier job as a means to make money, thier time is a commodity to use. But saying that, i have also met alot of people that do enjoy what they are doing, and will rarely do anything they don't. I don't think anymore that a job is for life, more that people try lots of diff things out until they find what suits them. I have an idealistic image in my mind, in which everyone enjoys the work they do, and realises and fulfills themselves in that work.. i think i have been reading too much marx!!! I spose there are just too many people for everyone to find a job they enjoy.I'm just hoping i can find a job that satisfys me, and that i can express myself through. I have ideas. And.. yeh, computing and philosophy.. not politics smile I was going to do straight philosophy, but figured i would be slightly more employable with computing as well.and its all over very soon... last essay to write on thurs!! grin But i have tonsilitas and i can;t be arsed. and i'm going to america on sun', and thats all i can think about.Chloe

Chloe.
-I'm dancing through the fire just to catch a flame-
Paul Weller


mirabelismember
11 posts
Location: conroe, texas, USA


Posted:
nice to see what everyone is doing....being new to the board its kewl to see the familar names and know how our lives are all different but the same smilei live outside of houston, tx and currently work nite shifts at an animal emergency clinic. i love it, very gratifying but the people are just stoopid sometime. this gives me lots of time to spin..i can watch myself in the windows at work lol....on the side i give my fiancee a hard time smile i have been apart from him for 5 months and finally got him here from new zealand smile now we just have to fight the immigration folks to get him to stay. i play in the SCA as well and belong to a tribe of belly dancers. we hope to integrate poi into our dancing smile thanks for the wonderful website. mira

Bish_the_Dingmember
52 posts
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa


Posted:
If you haven't already guessed I'm a cattle farmer. I have a farm (about 200 Hectares) in NorthWest province ...What's really funny is that I find eating animals morally objectionable and I'm allergic to grass( lawn smile ) !! Some farmer, eh ?Hoping to establish the place as a Permaculture Training Facility to free us from the oppressive yoke (ie. debt) that the "first world" has imposed on us ... (just think: who grows your fruit, where does your gold/uranium come from, where do you send your doctors to study ? What do you give us in return ? Machine guns, missiles and movies - shame on you !!).I love my job - it makes me feel valuable. If I.T., lawyers, and salesmen where all to disappear us farmers would still be here. NOT the other way around.Bit of a personal gripe here if you didn't pick it up, but according to the latest figures(available) a farmer gets murdered every 3 days here in ZA. Puts a whole new meaning to the term 'fired', hey ?(Bish stashes his soap box, realising no one really gives a shit, too busy eating Cape apples, watching TV powered by foreign resources ...)Jesse, I have to ask:
quote:
Now I'm trying to figure out how to integrate two of my favorite things: poi and polework
Pole as in 'staff' or as in, well, those poles one sees 'exotic dancers' writhe around ? grinIf it's the latter, well, OH MY GOD! this is not the sort of image you want to be putting into a pyrotic-vegan-agropasturalist's mind !! (Bish quickly calculates how many cows=trip to Pittsburg)

Hasst du etwas zeit fuer mich?... Dan singe ich ein lied fuer dich ... -Bjork/Nena


jessejamesmember
22 posts
Location: kingston ontario canada


Posted:
howdy folkshave had much of a chance as of late to spin or even check out this sitecan you guess whymy day job or as it is right now my 20 hour a day joball is good thoughright now i am in my second year of being a self-employed food service consultantie: when you want to open a restaurant or baror just want someone to come in and trouble shoot for you in you restaraunt im the guy you callas we speak i am about to open my third and most impressive project to dateit is a 175 seat italian restaurnt with a bakery with retail space and wholesale cappacity we also have on site a wine seller containiing over 10 000 bottlesi loooooove my day job even though it consumes almost 110% of my timealthough i do admit these days when i take a break during the baker shift i slip out into the parking lot slide into some coveralls so as to not blacken my whitesand fire upthen its back to the grindin the future i hope to have enough time to consentrate on writing for i would really like to move more into food journalism and less in the cooking construction businessany of you pro Writers have any tips for an illiterate wannabeallright allrightim supossed to be spending this time away from work so ill shut up nowas you can tell i never tire of ranting on my jobso longjessejames

burnin down the house


PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
Bish...Jesse meant the latter pole, not staff...I just had to add fuel to the fire! wink------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...

Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK


Simosenthusiast
382 posts
Location: London, UK


Posted:
hahaha Chloe grin i think you are right - you've read too much marx lately and it's getting to you wink it'll be great to get together sometime, swing and then just have a nice night out, a few drinks or something and chat away - you seem to have really interesting views and anyways i like teasing philosophy students (i meant when discussing ts ts ts smile); i hope we all manage to arrange something for the summer (i just hope it's before i leave for home)... emmmm as for you travelling on sunday, yeah go on rub it in wink; i am joking, you have a greaaaat time and let me know how it went!!!happy swinging,Simos

adrianmember
58 posts
Location: sydney


Posted:
well guys, im a boreing kinda pirsn methinks.i have no job at the moment, i used to work as a storman in a luggage shop in the city.but that was only short time. im a bartendera lil bit of a coctailmonkey actuley, but im not behind a bar at the moment. my first and formost thing tho is acting, im also an actor, im doing Les Miserables at the moment and im auditioning for hair this sunday so im always busy either looking for work either behind a bar or in another acting or fire job....as i said, kinda boreing reely smile------------------ladies and gentelmen take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice...

ladies and gentelmen take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice...


s-p-l-a-tmember
383 posts
Location: Brisbane, Qld, Australia


Posted:
I used to work at a strip club and so I guess this is why I have to ask.. from my observations it appears there is often dozens of dancers getting funky with their pole throughout a night.It always screamed herpes city or miscallaneous bacteriaville to me. And that's only cause I saw multiple girls *REALLY* showing their enthusiasm on the pole - I'm assuming it's the same everywhere around the world in this industry. Jesse, assuming(pardon me if I'm wrong) you are a stripper who strips right off - how do you deal with that stuff? And just so you know I think combining fire and exotic dancing is definitely a good money-maker - do you do flame to body transfers and stuff? And how do you strip while doing poi if your hands are full? (Assuming again that you do use poi.)I am genuinely curious =)Subsequently, I left that job cause after work one night I got chased (literally) home at 4.30 am by a club-goer in his car demanding a lap dance and not taking no for an answer.

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.- B.B.King


Jessemember
118 posts
Location: Pittsburgh, PA/ USA


Posted:
Splat/Bish/all curious parties:I don't work in a completely bare club. In Pittsburgh, in any club where alcohol is served, entertainers must wear T-Bar's and pasties, thus I'm much less worried about the whole pole=huge-incubator-for-god-only-knows-what issue. In addition to which, our club pushes us to perform as ladies and atheletes, rather than ... well my neighbor's hyper male poodle comes readily to mind here... There are strict rules about certain parts of us not being allowed to touch ANYTHING. No grinding on the pole/your own hand/floor/customers/other girls. To put it crassly. (Malcom's going to yell at me for attracting the wrong types of people to this site if I'm not extremely careful with my verbage here...) Y'all get my meaning I'm sure. The club is really trying to push an upscale atmosphere where businessmen can bring female clients as well as male, and not have them feel uncomfortable. As for your unfortunate insident, Splat, I'm sorry that happened. Scary. The security at our club is extremely tight. At night, we are not allowed to leave until our well lit parking lot is completely cleared of customers, and the valet have moved all our cars the the door (Thus ensuring that no one is inside or underneath.). In my case, though, I worry even less, because my SO comes to pick me up. But were I worried about something while I were alone, I would merely have to return to the club (or call if I have my cell) and ask our limo driver, Zac, for an escort home. It is unfortunate that there is a reason for all this security at our club, other than the fact that the owner of our club cares about his employees. One of our dancers was killed about 3 years ago by a man who followed her as she left the club. (No one ever went to trial, however it is heavily supposed that it was an ex of hers rather than a customer of the club. There were never any repeat occurrences to suggest any "serial" activity.)My isn't this a dark line of thought? Anyway, hands down, my club is the best to work in or around Pittsburgh for all the above reasons. Bish - I made more reference to your comment in the "What has it done for you" thread...

Jessemember
118 posts
Location: Pittsburgh, PA/ USA


Posted:
Oops... And Splat, I'm just now confident enough to start doing flame transfers etc. (I've had to teach my self, so I've been taking it s-l-o-w.) I don't have a show put together yet, because I don't feel I have enough interesting moves for 6 minutes of continuous and interesting choreography. For now, I stick to my poi leather pants and a bikini top for the first song of the set... It gets everyone's attention... Then I put the fire down (I've found that people are hesitant to tip a girl who's playing with fire...) the clothes come off (so to speak) and the pole work commences... As (hopefully) does the tipping... Then sometimes, just as the crowd thinks I'm done, after the stage has gone dark, I'll light up the room one last time with a blast...Just for the sake of experimentation, I checked with regular poi to see if I could maintain a spin while undressing... The top's no problem... But I have trouble peeling off leather pants gracefully when I'm NOT distracted...

mikeybmember
93 posts
Location: Oxford, UK


Posted:
Ex librarian, now a database developer (sold out, doubled income, easier work!). Working for a huge multinational scientific journal publisher at the moment - they treat us right so i let them have the benefit of my time. It's odd that so many here seem to work in software, and yet so many of the other softies i work with look aghast if I mention the fire. We're a misfit subset of a misfit subset.Ain't it nice to be special!M

Bobmember
8 posts
Location: Rochester, NY


Posted:
Second year biotech student. That gets boring though, my real interests are poi, juggling, and whitewater rafting.

vyvyanjourneyman
92 posts
Location: tell me when you find me


Posted:
Art & Hospitality teacher, and not the only pyro teacher in Melbourne! (but definatley on this BB!) Hey havent we done this before? Maybe it was on the old site. This is the first time in about 6 months that i've had the luxury of being able to sit and read for a while, catch up on all thats going on in the world of fire and poi! cheers,kerri@fireworksdance

...Firebreathing? Magic is only part of it my friend, diet does the rest!


FireSpiritSILVER Member
Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing
743 posts
Location: South Lake Tahoe, USA


Posted:
Hey you guys smileI missed the other intro's so here i go tongueI am 22 years old, and I was given the gift of fire spinning, four years ago, from my best friend as a graduation presant. (She learned it in Tai Land)I have grown up at Ski Resorts all of my life and now work at one in Alaska as the: Mountain Host Supervisor/ Shuttle Bus Manager at Alyeska Ski Resort shocked(Im with Finn I live for Leasure, and Skiing smile )I ski all day, every day, and get paid to do it! I give free spinning classes every Thursday at the local Elementary School and help out with the racing program here. I spin at Partys, and Bars. People are tring to get me to a rave, but I don't know, I feel a bit out of place grin However, I get alot of ravers in my classes. What I have been doing the last 4 years is working in areas I would love to visit! (just my visit is a bit longer than others) I have a job op in AUS. next, but I want to make some $ to go to Message Therapy School in New Mexico. But for now I live to ski and spin!I know its a hard life, but someone's got to do it! smile

FIRE IS ALIVE!
IT LIVES AND BREATHS!
IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS!
BUT WE CONTROL IT,
AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!


VolcanogrrlBRONZE Member
member
9 posts
Location: Richland, WA, USA


Posted:
I'm new here so I've sort of missed the boat on replying to this one -- here goes:30. In the summer I work as a raft-guide, doing expedition-style multi-day trips on US designated "wild n' scenic" rivers. Essentially I live in a tent and grow webbed toes from May until September. I am also the system admin for the outfitter I work for. Poi and percussion are great ways to entertain guests at night under the stars on a sandy beach. In the winter, when I'm trying desperately to re-integrate with main-stream society (no pun intended), I end up serving some stint as an accountant. This I hate, but it's temporary until my outfitter goes world-wide and I'm rafting the southern hemisphere from October until April. Incidentally, I spent November in malcolm's neck of the woods for some kayaking. My 4th time to New Zealand -- i love it there!!!!alas, I've dribbled on long enough, must go bludgeon myself with me poi.

I do all my own stunts...


Posted:
Just found this community today. Great to see it. My profession, Recreation Supervisor. I manage a pool facility and programs. Water and Fire!

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