I grew up with Depression and ADD (thought my ADD was not diagnosed until after high school). I got C’s and D’s in high-school, and never did my homework, lol. I would honestly come home after school, and completely forget that I had homework (even though I had it every day). I just had no motivation to waste my time on things that I didn’t care about. Instead, I would spend my time learning graphic design, web design (html/css as well), etc.
I joined eclipse back in 2008 – I guess I was… 16? I don’t think I can find the very first thread I created, but it had some really bad art in it, lol
I started off being a “graphics designer” – but in hind-sight, my work was utter * (however, it was still better than most everyone else’s here, so I thought I was good). I soon decided to try pixel art, and after a couple of years, I actually got [sort of] good. This is when Slym was still an active member as well. Him and I learned from each other, each matching each other’s skill levels, but I chose to go a different path, and he kept getting better and better, until he is where he is now. He got amazing at pixel art, and I became a good web designer. To each their own, but sometimes I do wish that I kept at the pixel art (my most recent piece which was a couple of years ago)
Soon after joining eclipse, I started to affiliate myself with a specific member here, “Crank” (or krankzinnig). He seemed to be pretty good at programming (but to be honest, I thought anyone that could program was really good at it. It was like magic to me at that time). I steadily worked on random unfinished works with him here and there, until about 2 years ago (I guess around when I stopped pixel art entirely), him and I started to take things seriously. We decided to start a real business, where he’d be the programmer, and I’d be the front-end/designer. It was all going pretty well, and he treated me like an equal. [continued in POST-Eclipse]*
I [barely] graduated high school in 2010, and decided to go to the local community college (yes, glamorous, I know). I walked away from there after a year, with all 0’s. I didn’t have any motivation for anything school-related (as stated at the top). It was then that I was diagnosed with ADD, and was put on medication for it.
I then became a summer camp counselor (just for the heck of it), and during that time, I got what’s called a “Pilonidal Cyst”… don’t google it, for your sake… Anyways, It left me with an open wound that didn’t close until very recently (though I still have issues with it occasionally).
The summer after my camp counselor job, I decided to give college another try, so I took summer classes at the community college that I failed out of. It was there that I got my first A, in college writing (composition). After that, in the fall, I went to a real college, and did way better than I ever hoped that I could, but after a semester, I was ready to start my career (I know, some of my decisions are kind of “leap before you look”)…
POST-Eclipse: **(by which I mean, I spend far less time on here, and most of the old regulars are gone)
Last year, March 13 (2013), I decided to move to Ohio to work closely with him [“Crank”] (I was only 20, and did this all on my own). We got office space at the local business incubator (and became a registered LLC), and we were working on some really cool project management software. It was all going well, but in the end, there were too many broken promises. Long story short: He manipulated me, belittled me, broke every promise, and made my life a living hell. He’s not even as smart as people keep saying that he is. He hides behind that facade that non-programmers think that programming is only for geniuses. He’s an arse-hole. Anyways…
I am now happily employed in Houston, TX as a Front End Developer (with an amazing salary, full benefits, etc). I owe my roots to this community, even though a lot of the members that I grew to love have moved on permanently. I suppose that I can’t ever leave forever… Eclipse (not the engine, but the community) will always be a part of who I am, as weird as that may be.
Marsh, if you read this, I know you’ve had plenty of problems from me, so I guess this is where I could issue a public apology. I’ve grown up a lot since my days of douche-baggery… I think.
I’ve come a long way, and suffered a lot to get where I am. I guess what you should take away from this is: There isn’t just one way to become successful. For most, it will be college, but through hard work and perseverance, you can find your own way.