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So I just had this thought, as I'm currently a senior in hs about to go to college and figure my life out. My ultimate passion in life is filmmaking and it's what I'd like to do for a living(god willing) in the near future. Sadly, my inspiration to make films kinda got halted in the past 4-5 months due to the fact that I've really picked up steam exploring. While exploring is extremely fun for me, almost an addiction, it's honestly not that productive. After all, it's just a hobby. But since I spend a significant amount of time doing it every week, I can't help but wonder if there's any merit to it when it comes to deciding one's career.

My main question is can UE have a significant effect on what people end up doing in life? For example, I've been thinking more and more about architecture thanks to the hobby boosting my interest in buildings. While famous explorers like illsight have certainly made a living directly from urbex, I'm mostly talking about what urbex has inspired people to do with their lives, if anything. Hopefully this makes sense, but I can clarify anything.




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< Reply # 1 on 1/6/2018 6:21 AM >
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I've heard of explorers who managed to fold exploration into their jobs. One example is a building inspector who takes a few more artistic photos than strictly necessary while determining if an abandoned building is structurally sound. Another might be a land surveyor who uses his easy access to city records to find the best drains and tunnels.

I myself don't really see how urbex would fit into my career considering it would probably result in more time in a laboratory than out exploring once I get my degree, but it's certainly something to keep in mind.




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< Reply # 2 on 1/6/2018 6:48 AM >
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Seph Braless, mild mannered janitor, is one of the world's greatest urban explorers, according to him.
Hope this gives you something to shoot for.




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< Reply # 3 on 1/6/2018 8:25 AM >
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You could reframe your perspective on it. Maybe try looking at it as how can I use this hobby in the rest of my life (and vice versa)? So you want to be a film maker? Ok takes practice, right? You're currently doing something that is often done with a camera or at least a phone in hand, maybe practice filming your explores and then practice post editing to add (music, cleaned up narrative) and subtract (take out serious bloopers or clear identifiable markers) to create a video others might be inclined to watch. Just a thought to work smarter not harder and still get your fix 😀




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< Reply # 4 on 1/6/2018 10:10 AM >
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My career(s) have gotten me into multiple places I would not have seen otherwise. I have seen prisons and state hospitals that normally people won’t have access to. It’s a good tool for meeting people and being allowed access. I look at it more as what places I’ll be allowed into if I have such and such type of career, not the other way around.




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< Reply # 5 on 1/6/2018 12:30 PM >
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I met a dude the other day who was taking the organ out of an abandoned church. He was telling me he gets to go inside all types of cool abandoned shit all over the region. He even rattled off several places I recognized, and gave me leads on a few others.

I'm in construction supply, so I do occasionally get into some pretty cool shit through that as well. I've supplied materials for the renovation of a couple of historic structures in the state, and the owners of those buildings are usually very open to letting me take photos.




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One of my friends, although not an explorer, is an asbestos surveyor so he gets to see inside all sorts of abandoned buildings pre-demolition.





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My career(s) have gotten me into multiple places I would not have seen otherwise. I have seen prisons and state hospitals that normally people won’t have access to. It’s a good tool for meeting people and being allowed access. I look at it more as what places I’ll be allowed into if I have such and such type of career, not the other way around.


^this^
Exactly. A carrier is how you make money.
Exploring is a hobby.

A temp job as a electric meter tech got me into all kinds of normally off limits places complete with keys and lock combos. More than that I covered a wide area in a company 4x4, many times in rough terrain that I never take my personal vehicle.
I used to blast tanks, bridges, refineries and ships a one time with no worries about being seen on/in them.
However the best sites I ever shot were not job related and I got by asking permission to shoot




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When I was in college, I worked as a security guard and that got me legit access to a lot of places.

I work in the IT field now and sometimes my work takes me to interesting places.

Frequent flyer miles are not the only fringe benefit to traveling all over the world.

My advice, go work at McDonald's while you're in college, Get the basic hands-on management experience so when you get an MBA you can find a job that pays big money. Money isn't everything, but it's nice to more than you need than less than you need.




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Seph Braless, mild mannered janitor, is one of the world's greatest urban explorers, according to him.
Hope this gives you something to shoot for.



I think "performer of the custodial arts" is the preferred nomenclature.




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I have to echo the recommendations to integrate exploring with film making.

You don't have to start a YouTube channel or create films for the Indie circuit to accomplish this. Just get out and start working on your craft. There are few aspects of film making that you can't practice at an abandonment. One trip could be documentary style. Another trip to the same location could be a "found film" short. You could get some friends together and shoot an action skit or horror movie. Heck, recreate some shots from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The choices are endless.

The more you learn now about all aspects of film making, the more context you will have when you start taking classes. Real life experience gives you a deeper understanding when the topic is covered in the classroom.

I just retired after 37 years as a software developer. I loved what I did and don't have any regrets about my career. I can't tell you how many of my friends did not pursue their passion and settled for a life doing things that did not interest them. You can take life by the horns and live the life you envision, or you can let the winds of life push you here and there and hope for the best. Live YOUR life.

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I have to echo the recommendations to integrate exploring with film making.

You don't have to start a YouTube channel or create films for the Indie circuit to accomplish this. Just get out and start working on your craft. There are few aspects of film making that you can't practice at an abandonment. One trip could be documentary style. Another trip to the same location could be a "found film" short. You could get some friends together and shoot an action skit or horror movie. Heck, recreate some shots from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The choices are endless.

The more you learn now about all aspects of film making, the more context you will have when you start taking classes. Real life experience gives you a deeper understanding when the topic is covered in the classroom.

I just retired after 37 years as a software developer. I loved what I did and don't have any regrets about my career. I can't tell you how many of my friends did not pursue their passion and settled for a life doing things that did not interest them. You can take life by the horns and live the life you envision, or you can let the winds of life push you here and there and hope for the best. Live YOUR life.

Abby


I completely agree, filmmaking is definitely my top priority, and I'm gonna do everything I can to make it my living. I have considered doing an urbex documentary for sure.




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I would think being a film maker who is in to urban exploration would lead to a ton of opportunities.

Just shoot miniature documentaries every time you explore.

Personally I work in a sales job. Urban Exploration is something that I use often when there is a lull in conversation. Even indirectly if someone mentions they're in to architecture, or history, photography, etc. it gives me plenty to talk about and relate back to the individual.

The truth of things is almost every experience can be tied in to something else if you look at it in the right light.

Urban exploration has you challenging yourself, honing your wits, doing research, engineering yourself in and out of situations, physical exertion, and many other aspects that apply to almost any situation if you think about it right.




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I would think being a film maker who is in to urban exploration would lead to a ton of opportunities.

Just shoot miniature documentaries every time you explore.

Personally I work in a sales job. Urban Exploration is something that I use often when there is a lull in conversation. Even indirectly if someone mentions they're in to architecture, or history, photography, etc. it gives me plenty to talk about and relate back to the individual.

The truth of things is almost every experience can be tied in to something else if you look at it in the right light.

Urban exploration has you challenging yourself, honing your wits, doing research, engineering yourself in and out of situations, physical exertion, and many other aspects that apply to almost any situation if you think about it right.


If there were big profits in it be being done by many film producers.
A niche market means small profits... try adding an angle to it like haunted by ghosts.
Than you be another lord rick, probably in debt or poverty or a brief cloud of pink mist in an Area 51 minefield

Really if this hobby were that mainstream we all be fucking tourists here at that point.
UER could have a chain of pay for admission "abandoned" sites to "explore".
Maybe even time shares to camp out at over 300 different sites nation world wide... blah-blah-blah

swell... I hate tourists






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If there were big profits in it be being done by many film producers.
A niche market means small profits... try adding an angle to it like haunted by ghosts.
Than you be another lord rick, probably in debt or poverty or a brief cloud of pink mist in an Area 51 minefield


I was mainly referring to building his portfolio, not making money.

As for tourism maybe we could become millionaires Blackhawk.




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I was mainly referring to building his portfolio, not making money.

As for tourism maybe we could become millionaires Blackhawk.


Movies have actors.
Unless you want to get into real estate shooting for the web...




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For me it's always been a matter of *oh, I work in this building now - let's explore it!*




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I just came to the site to fact-check for an article for my newspaper. It was being naive about the redevelopment project of a highrise complex and I knew the LDB had pictures from exploring it in 2008.




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