Would You Quit Your Job to Become a Professional Sandcastle Maker?
August 27, 2012 1 Comment
Kirk Rademaker decided in 1997 that his old job at a construction company was not the career he really wanted. He was more passionate about doing something he loves, building sandcastles. Since that decision, his amazing work has taken him all over the world to build some of the most fascinating and complex sandcastle designs you have ever seen!
Rademaker endured a significant pay cut at first to pursue his passion, but that was only a small disadvantage in the long run. He was making $50,000 at his former construction company but would settle for only making $35,000 a year on average based on individual projects and assignments. He is now happy to report that he makes 30% more than he did in construction. A salary that gives him the opportunity to create extravagant sand sculptures with slopes, arches, and intricate details that can extend as tall as 10 feet.
Each creation usually takes about a week to finish, but others have taken as much as three weeks to complete. To give the sculptures a more lasting finish, Rademaker sprays a mixture of water and Elmer’s glue as a coating against the weather. He attributes his success to simple, “practice.”
Here is a look at some of his fascinating sandcastle designs: