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(Topic ID: 123845)

Finding work with pinballs


By Redcloudball

5 years ago



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  • 12 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 5 years ago by wellarmed
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    #1 5 years ago

    So I have been doing cable work for the last 10 years used to be fun and on the side I would buy machines arcades and restore them on my own. Is last tax time I jumped in and bought a tmnt which I have completely taken apart and I bought a Jp as a bundle. Honestly I don't like Jp as much as I would like either super Mario, haunted house, or amazing spiderman. But that's a side note. Being out here in pa I want to do this full time and as a career. I'm tired of not being able to something I love and able to support my family. Right now I do a 3 hr drive daily to work. Any ideas?

    #2 5 years ago
    Quoted from Redcloudball:

    So I have been doing cable work for the last 10 years used to be fun and on the side I would buy machines arcades and restore them on my own. Is last tax time I jumped in and bought a tmnt which I have completely taken apart and I bought a Jp as a bundle. Honestly I don't like Jp as much as I would like either super Mario, haunted house, or amazing spiderman. But that's a side note. Being out here in pa I want to do this full time and as a career. I'm tired of not being able to something I love and able to support my family. Right now I do a 3 hr drive daily to work. Any ideas?

    Next to impossible to understand. Care to revise this?

    #3 5 years ago

    Just interested if there are any full time jobs in the pinball field. Would like to do something I have a passion for and not just a paycheck.

    #4 5 years ago
    Quoted from Redcloudball:

    Just interested if there are any full time jobs in the pinball field. Would like to do something I have a passion for and not just a paycheck.

    I would say not likely. If you lived in or near a major city you might be able to build up enough work. Indy lacks skilled dedicated techs and you often hear of people unable to find someone.

    #5 5 years ago
    Quoted from Redcloudball:

    Just interested if there are any full time jobs in the pinball field. Would like to do something I have a passion for and not just a paycheck.

    I imagine these would be few and far between. I have found the issue is if you work with whatever you are passionate about it will eventually become just a paycheck... Happened to me with programming. Very rarely do I want to program for fun any more. Sad really.

    #6 5 years ago

    Hang a shingle, put up a website, post craigslist ads, visit pinball forums, hang up flyers, talk to people about pinball, etc.

    Work opportunities probably won't be immediate or be steady.

    #7 5 years ago

    Me too good luck bro hope you find it

    #8 5 years ago

    I defiantly love the hobby. Man just imagining taking a whole playfield apart and removing all the Mylar is i crazy especially being brand new to pinball but I see it's slow but looking really good. Then upgrading leds and a few high end toys I'll love it till I croak lol. I guess it would be cool doing full time but would hate to get burnt out doing something I do to unwind .

    #9 5 years ago

    Contact Stern and see if they have openings in any capacity.

    #10 5 years ago

    Design your own machine based on a popular movie franchise and start taking pre-orders.

    Heck, just skip to the "start taking pre-orders" part.

    #11 5 years ago

    I'm taking pre orders based on previous ideas on this post doing a le of g.i. Joe an American hero lol j/k haha

    #12 5 years ago

    Design some art and paste it on an empty cabinet to show progress at Expo for bonus points.

    #13 5 years ago

    LOL!!! I remember thinking this way... A very good friend (who has since passed away) told me in a phone conversation when I mentioned it to him...that I should be careful what I wish for...I have since come to realize that he was oh so right!! (I really wish he was around to tell me I told you so!!) I still love pinball, but when I was doing restorations as my "job" I got to the point where I didn't want to walk out into my shop, because I knew how much work was waiting for me...and I got really burnt out to where I quit doing restorations for a couple years, and now I do them for myself only on my games, but haven't taken on any new work since 2011. I have a "real" job now...one that is strictly for the paycheck, and I keep pinball as my hobby!! It works sooo much better that way in the long run!!

    Phoebe

    #14 5 years ago

    Interesting...and man it would be nice...on paper. But few things...

    You're going to be very hard pressed to find a full time career doing this, even moreso trying to support a family. I know Red Lion...not much around there. A few good pinheads though. And you're near York which is a plus once a year!

    Basically I think unless you're a high end master of restores you may not be able to easily support a family. I suppose the other way is if you're a very talented designer/artist/programmer and you could work remotely for the big guys.

    If you're just talking about basically doing some playfield swaps, tech work...it's going to be tough to make a good living. I fix a few local machines and make a few bucks. Usually enough to pay for a nice dinner now and then.

    Honestly, I think once you depend on this for supporting a family and paying the bills it changes everything. For me, the few times I work on machines for money it's not the same. When I tinker on my own machines I have all the time in the world. If I want to go nuts on a machine or just clean it up a bit...it's all me. When it's for a client, they have timetables. They have demands and requirements. I had someone tell me once to just re-use rubbers. It irked me. When there is a client that's asking for their game to be done in a week or two as you promised...well when that week is creeping up and you just don't feel like doing it you don't have the freedom to leave it be like it is your own machine.

    That said, anything is possible...there may be a huge untapped desire for a full time guy in your area and you never know until you put out the feelers and see!

    #15 5 years ago

    ??? How do I delete this?

    #16 5 years ago
    Quoted from Butterflygirl24:

    A very good friend (who has since passed away) told me in a phone conversation when I mentioned it to him...that I should be careful what I wish for...

    Ain't that the truth! As the saying goes, "when your hobby becomes your job ... find another hobby". Sumthin' like that! P.A. ... RIP!

    #17 5 years ago

    Try to become an operator next to your job, when you have enough machines one day then quit your job
    and live your dream. That's the way i did.

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