I'm a forensic document examiner for a federal government body and testify as an expert witness in court. I examine not only handwriting, but anything used to compose a document, from the paper to the ink, seals, and staples used upon it. I've been involved in the smallest of cases (forged signatures on rent cheques or bank hold-up notes) to large multi-million dollar mortgage frauds. My profession goes back to the 19th century, hence the appeal to me for years past.
Remember that while firearms and DNA forensics are sexy and get the press, it was tax evasion that put Capone away.
For now a student, but basically an artist/designer of all trades: I sew, knit, paint and draw. I'm trained to design costumes and sets for theatre and film but I get sick of working with those types of people.
I'd love to be a librarian.
Maybe someday I'll put my "real" degree to use and become a French translator.
But how do I make money? I'm a sales associate at TJ Maxx, ugh.
Well, I sell on ebay, I work in a bakery a couple mornings a week to get kitchen experience for culinary school. I hope to be working at the bakery full time soon if not I'll be working at the local theater. And on the side I work / volunteer at the Granada. I want to go to culinary school, get 2 degrees in Culinary Arts and the other in Pastry Arts, open a small restaurant / lounge. And write on the side.
I'm a housewife and mother to two children, as well as full-time carer to my father and six boys, so I don't have my own income as such but my husband is an aerospace engineering program manager so he brings in enough that we manage... just.
I manage to afford this lifestyle much like my Grandmothers did sixty-five years ago. We don't buy fast food or fancy coffee when we are out. I make things like bread, cakes and biscuits myself because it works out cheaper. We grow our own food and take our own treats if we go places like the pictures. I have a very small wardrobe with only a couple of hats, one winter coat and several homemade dresses made out of cheap cotton fabrics like gingham. All the children have hand-me-downs, even poor little Sera who has been wearing little boy's rompers with a pink ribbon just so that she's recognisable as a girl, and I learnt how to darn REAL QUICK!
It is manageable but there are times that I wish I could just splurge on a fur coat or a pair of gorgeous heels!