I’m never quite sure what to say when people ask me “What do you do for a living?” If I say I’m a Professional Ski Mountaineer, that leads to all sorts of embarrassing questions, like, “Can you make a living at that?” (no) or “How many of you are there out there like that?” (two) Usually I say I’m a writer, or photographer or freelance somethingorother. But, as a profession, I’m an Industrial Designer. I did this for years, but then thought I better ski while I could and design later, and so far later has just kept getting later and later.
My favorite design projects are for the outdoor industry, which conversely are also the lowest paying. The higher paying projects are usually incredibly boring, but pay the bills so there is more skiing time. Right now, I have an incredibly super boring project to work on, which will mean more skiing and skiing discussion later.
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