I've been looking for a model building career for years. Sadly the movie industry has moved mostly to 3D these days. Those few model builders that are left are not looking for apprentices as far as I can tell.
So for the last four weeks I've been working on a 1:1 tug boat. The Point Thompson. Seems there is some good history behind the "Point" boats. There were four of them made in the 80's and they're all still around and working.
The Thompson is going into dry dock at the Foss shipyards this week to have her restoration completed before she's back to work.
Its been really hard work, but rewarding. Restoration is tough work, but the skills translate on a huge scale.
The nice thing about scale models is that you don't have to scrape years of paint over rust before you can start painting lol!
So our hobby does translate to 1:1 in many ways. Just keep your eyes out for it. It is out there. :)