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Old 07-09-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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How did you choose painting as your profession?

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Old 07-09-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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I found out that painting was one of the easier trades on your body so I decided that I could do it when I got older.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:48 PM   #3
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Handy man type guy I was working for left the province and told me I was a natural born painter and it was the only thing I was really good at. Made me sad at the time, but I`m over that now.

Edit: Whoever just put that wet cage on the floor in that picture should not be painting.

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Old 07-09-2014, 06:06 PM   #4
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I needed to pay rent......
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18 years old working the midnight shift at a factory. My room mate was painting apartments asked if I wanted to make some extra coin soon found I could make more money painting on the week ends than I made all week in a smokey dirty factory..
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:40 PM   #6
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When I dumped my bag of career options onto the kitchern table, one evening in 1979, an invitation to join the United States Marines fell out along with a paint brush. I chose the brush.
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I think it chose me
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:12 PM   #8
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A misspent youth and lack of foresight.
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My Dad worked in Washington DC and for GE developing the Nimbus Satellite which is the Geosyncronis weather satellites used today. Had his PhD in mathematics from MIT. Was never home. Local painter/builder felt sorry for me and asked me to come work in his shop on Saturday and Sunday. Started when I was 10. Folding drop clothes. Taking staples out of drop clothes, cleaning and combing brushes. Dis tiling turpentine. Mixing lead paint, scraping shutters, cleaning and organizing tint machine and general maintenance on scaffold. Eventually worked full time on the carpentry and painting crew. Very high end work. Made our own windows. Back primed clapboards with aluminum paint. Prime all miter cuts mutton bars and moulins. Assemble in the spring. We were a six man operation. Worked for 15 years with him. Paid for college 100%. He taught me to work and work hard. He's 95 now and still paints. So I'm in this trade 45 years. Worked for Ben Moore for 30 years. NACE Certified and MBA from Booth School of Management at University of Chicago.
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Family business. My father was a union painter until the year I was born. That year (1976) he moved to TN and started a dairy/produce farm, my siblings and I grew up working the farm. In 1989 he sold the farm in a government buy out program and started a painting business. I apprenticed to him soon thereafter.
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I yearned for a challenging, sexy, satisfying, high profile career where I could make the really big bucks - but I can't remember why I got into painting.
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After a two year stint as a real estate agent back in the 70's, I needed to find a job where I would make at least some money. The father of a friend had a commercial/industrial painting business, so I hired on there thinking it would just be temporary until I figured out what I wanted to do.

Now, after 35+ years, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
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all my heroes were in the trade.



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Painting is a 4th generation thing with me. I painted with my dad throughout high school and college saving enough money to pay for my education. After various jobs where I either got laid off, fired, or a combination of the two, I officially went into business. I stared as an 8th grader (14 years old) painting the odds and ends my dad didn't want to do. I'm now 52 and still going strong. I will admit I'm going to try to "get out of the bucket" in a year or two.
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Got burned on a deal in the corporate world. Was unemployed for two months. My friend was a painter and invited me to do a job with him. I have been running my own outfit ever since. That was nine years ago.
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Only two so far were destined by previous generation(s). Seems this profession has been at best a second thought and at worst a last resort.

My real story - I was out of college prematurely and need a job. Friend told me to call a friend of his. Started absolutely cold turkey working in high end homes.

My first goal was to make enough money to be able to set myself up as a carpenter. Just never seemed to be enough for beer AND tools. And slowly I evolved into a paperhanger.

Would like to hear from those who "always wanted to be a painter" or even "went to trade school to learn to be a painter"



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Worked for my cousin, had differences about the way things should be done. Went on my own immediately after that. It has been 9 years almost to the day.
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Turned 19 and needed a job, my Dad said, here call the boss. Worked for the company for about a year and a half(hated it, said I would never paint again) left to go to college and worked in Alberta, came back home and started painting for the same company again (8 months), then moved to the west coast, finished my apprenticeship, went to trade school, got my red seal (5 years ago), and now I own a small part of a painting company, while trying to get out of the industry and make the big bucks
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I grew up with a family tradition where we were expected to have both a profession and a trade, so I worked summers in carpentry while I was in HS and started painting in grad school. I needed money while I was writing my thesis, so I started working for a friend who repainted Greek houses ( fraternities and sororities) in the summer. Fall came and I kept at it on my own. That was in '79.
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