I am a front end web developer and UX designer in Portland, Oregon, where I’ve been young person retired since 2001.
I first starting learning to code at 16, sitting in front of a Gateway computer powered by AOL dial up discs. The only reason I learned CSS and HTML was to make my boy crush AngelFire/Geocities sites to look as good as they deserved.
After spending (begging, stealing and borrowing) $120,000 on an education in music & art, I realized the poor financial future ahead of me. It dawned on me that that thing I did in my spare time (making websites) was, in fact, an actual profession. So I got myself an internship as a junior programmer and ended up working 3 years at a design firm, learning the ropes and making a whole lot of flash ad banners.
Since then I have spent many years freelancing, working at agencies, and I currently find myself employed as a Senior Front End Engineer at an 8 year old startup.