I've been a full-time REALTOR® for more than 12 years now, but prior to that, I worked in the IT field. I was a facilities manager, responsible for more than 500 computers for a software training company. I also worked as a computer technician and specialized in server-based Enterprise VOIP systems.
But I did learn a lot from it. I picked up a lot of the computer skills I still use and learned about communicating effectively through a company.
Before I cut my hair and took a job in computers, however, I worked in the Music Business. I had LOTS of different jobs - I was a recording engineer in a recording and rehearsal studio, crew and lightman for local cover bands including The Nerds and acts like the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama (picture from backstage ), Don McLean, Mick Taylor (formerly of The Rolling Stones and pictured below), Julio Iglesias and many others.
All of the work I did was behind the scenes, most of it local, but I did tour across the Country with a band called Pierce as their guitar technician and crew chief. Pierce, pictured below and in the featured image of this blog post, was signed to a label and released a couple of albums. We even shot an MTV video.
I drove across the Country several times with Pierce and remain close sith Billy (guitars) and Tommy (drums). Our tour bus was a walkthrough 14 foot Ryder truck (pictured below with the band) with an overhead above the cab that held a mattess. We had another mattress behind the walkthrough door and a couch that was nailed to the floor. All of the equipment was stored in road cases behind the couch. Eventually we upgraded to a real bus.
It was while working in the music biz that I learned skills that I use every day in the real estate biz. I learned how to keep my work organized, maintain accurate notes, and pay attention to detail. The music biz also taught me how to effectively deal with lots of different personalities in a positive way.
While I miss some of the fun times from the good old days, I don't miss the travel, grueling work, time away from home and very long days and nights. Lots of great friends and memories were made and that helped to transform me into the person I am today.