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Jacintha19
04-13-2009, 02:45 AM
Hello Everyone,

I've been trying to come up with a possible career for a male lead character that I have created. I've got a few ideas bouncing around my head, but I figured I'd throw the question out here and see what you all can come up with.

The male character is strong, focused and poised. I want him to have a job that's very discrete, something unique with a "cool guy" feel to it and a bit edgy. If you're thinking about undercover agents, undercover cops, or a guy who transports packages from one bad guy to the other, it's all be done....but it's kind of in the field that I'm looking for. The job has to be something risky that can involve a lot of action and fighting.

If you have any ideas by all means just jot em' down here! I've asked this question to other people & know one seems to be up to the challenge!

Thanks,
Jacintha

semilargeintestine
04-13-2009, 02:56 AM
Depending on what you're looking for, the CIA employs language experts who are sometimes required to travel to foreign countries for various reasons. He could easily get caught up in some kind of action/trouble. Being that he wouldn't have had any real training, it would be a great ride to see him bumble along trying not to get killed (not necessarily as a humorous story either). As far as being discrete, I know someone who has this exact job, and she is required to tell people she is a history professor.

Puma
04-13-2009, 03:29 AM
A secret shopper? Just kidding. But, what about some sort of government inspector in food or agriculture working undercover? Or even border patrol - INS? Or don't some industries (airlines possibly) employ people to check up on things without being announced? Or, is there any pre-security check for big museum type shows - jewels etc. - people who go to sites in advance to check out the layout and security? And, is the same type of thing done in the entertainment industry? Puma

Izunya
04-13-2009, 03:35 AM
Don't security companies of all sorts have people they hire to try to break their security, just to see where the holes are?

Izunya

JrFFKacy
04-13-2009, 03:46 AM
Check up on things without being announced? Hmm, sounds like an inspector. AKA the milk inspector that showed up at our place a week and a half ago...

He was really nice to us this time (though he did leave a list of things that have to be repaired/cleaned/etc and will be hitting us with a big fine if we haven't finished his list when he comes back in 2-4 wks), but can be a very cool, aloof sort of being. Oh, yeah, and he's very powerful, if we screw up too many times and/or tick him off (he's been known to be a little tempermental at times with other farmers), our milk license is history.

Only I don't suppose you want your guy wearing coveralls and rubber boots on the job. A milk inspector could find some pretty interesting situations though, such as visiting a farm with employees and discovering that one of them has been dealing drugs out of one of the old outbuildings?

...I know it's a tangent, but hey, it was a thought. I really should get off this computer and get back to farming. My heifers and sheep are probably hungry.

Kacy

shokadh
04-13-2009, 03:53 AM
A transportation specialist for highly volatile substances, government specialist, chemist, works for the military, etc.

mdin
04-13-2009, 03:56 AM
A reporter

A photographer

An anonymous blogger for an anti-(fill in the blank) blog that (blank) wants shut down

An arms dealer

A corporate spy

A guy who negotiates ransom payments for a kidnapping insurance company (That's a real job!)

A mercenary

An illegal poacher

A policeman who hunts illegal poachers

A deep-sea fisherman

A bodyguard

A bounty hunter

A teacher in the prison system

A Wall of Death driver.

An investigator for child protective services

WriteKnight
04-13-2009, 05:23 AM
Enforcing the law.

Breaking the law.

Those two areas are most likely to envolve scenarios that would have 'a lot of fighting' as you described it. (Aside from the obvious martial arts trainer)

So which side of the fence is he on?

I've always LOVED the old Travis McGee series of novels, by John D. MacDonald. His main character described himself as a 'Salvage Consultant'. He specialized in finding things that other people had lost - and charged them 'half the value' of the 'thing' to be found.

This was his way of avoiding any sort of legal entanglments and licensing requirements for being a 'private investigator'. Sometimes the missing 'thing' was jewelry, art, documents or PEOPLE. He'd ask them "What is this thing worth?" Then say 'for half that, I'll recover it for you.

A truly great series of novels - made into a couple of different movies, but not very successfuly.

Skyraven
04-13-2009, 05:31 AM
Well he sounds like a great foster care social worker to me. They tend to show up unannounced. Hope this helps.

Barb D
04-13-2009, 05:37 AM
Captain on a merchant ship. In pirate infested waters.

xaine5150
04-13-2009, 12:30 PM
I always had fun with the stories where someone had a normal day job that would not neccesarily be dangerous but then they ended up in a dangerous situation.
There's an old movie called "The Secret Life of Walter Mity" starring Danny Kaye. I'm probably the youngest guy ever to be a Danny Kaye fan but anyway, in this movie he plays an editor for a writing magazine. He's completely captivated with daydreams about exciting worlds until he ends up bumbling himself into a murder mystery. He ends up getting all the excitement he can handle trying to get to the bottom of the thing in the usual Danny Kaye funny kind of way.
The plot twist I liked best that they really didn't exploit to it's full potential was that he started to use tricks he'd read about in his work to fight of real bad guys. There's a scene where he rips out a light socket and wraps the wire around a door jamb. Then he turns on the light so that the doorknob gets a live current.
The bad guys try and get into the room but keep shocking themselves on the doorknob.

RJK
04-13-2009, 04:30 PM
DEA agent. ICE agent. FBI agent. CIA agent. or one of the other alphabet agents. Any of these agents working undercover would be good, but then you're back at the same problem, you need a fake profession now.

dirtsider
04-13-2009, 04:47 PM
Bodyguard.
Bodyguard trainer
Security Consultant

chevbrock
04-13-2009, 05:50 PM
I read Puma's reply to your question and thought maybe an air marshall?

hammerklavier
04-13-2009, 05:55 PM
Bouncer
Musician
Street preacher
Vigilante

Fern
04-14-2009, 06:18 AM
bail bondsman

Cyia
04-14-2009, 06:32 AM
Professional translator in an embassy.

Fullback
04-14-2009, 08:12 AM
The male character is strong, focused and poised. I want him to have a job that's very discrete, something unique with a "cool guy" feel to it and a bit edgy. If you're thinking about undercover agents, undercover cops, or a guy who transports packages from one bad guy to the other, it's all be done....but it's kind of in the field that I'm looking for. The job has to be something risky that can involve a lot of action and fighting.


A hostage negotiator. The action and fighting may occur when things go badly.

GordonK
04-14-2009, 08:39 AM
Depends on genre.

YA - that edgy High School Physical Ed teacher.
Urban Fantasy - Vampire Hunter. (Could have a part-time job as a male strip dancer at a club where vampires like to hang around.)
Children - Kindergarten teacher, moonlight as fortune teller.
Romance - edgy and arrogant musical director who was dumped by his mother when he was 4 yo.
Mysterious/detective - veteran police officer who always takes matters into his own hands.

cherubsmummy
04-14-2009, 09:39 AM
I have a friend whose husband is an explosives inspector for our state government. His work ranges from supervising fireworks displays to the investigation and arrest of would be terrorists. He recieved a national award recently for his behind the scenes work in the arrest and trial of a man who was making bomb threats in our state. His job is very cool, although his hearing has been permanently affected.

JrFFKacy
04-14-2009, 03:41 PM
A hostage negotiator. The action and fighting may occur when things go badly.

Oh, good one. Like in 'The Negotiator' by Dee Henderson. Actually, the careers in any of Dee Henderson's books might fit your character.

Or make him a firefighter... (yeah, I'm biased).

MMcDonald64
04-15-2009, 01:22 AM
An ATF agent?

What about a war correspondent or photojournalist?

Either one of those could pose as a cover as well, to give him a reason to be where the action is.

Abraham
04-15-2009, 01:57 AM
I liked the Corporate Spy suggestion. It's a bit sleazy, secretive, potential for violence and aggression (both from the character and those he encounters), and not overdone as much (though there is that movie out now that I forgot the name of with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts).

cbenoi1
04-15-2009, 03:51 AM
Stuntman.

-cb