My ambition coming out of high school and even college was to be Broadway lighting designer. Having graduated with a Theatre Design degree and started working with local theaters in my area I realized just how much time it would take to make a living this way. Common estimates were 80+ hour work weeks and traveling 300+ days a year. This made me think twice about my chosen career path. The thing I wanted most in my life was a loving family and to spend time with them. In my youthful exuberance I thought that I could 'follow my dream job' and have a family at the same time. This was obviously not going to be possible.
So, effectively right out of college I change career paths. On the side I had a small web design business that gave me a foundation of HTML and CSS. I had a passion for experience though my theatrical background. But what I didn't have was knowledge that UX Design even existed. In my search for a job, any job that could keep me afloat I decided to go back to school part time to pursue either an Industrial Design degree or an Interaction Design master's degree.
Then a stroke of luck hit me. I was basically offered a job that I felt I had no business being offered on a silver platter. Being the humble person that I am I tried to divert the offer to someone, who was actually qualified for the job. If I recall the response was: "This is being offered only to you, take it or leave it." So, I took it.
I was then a technology assistant at a bank. One of my responsibilities was maintenance of the banks front facing website and investigation/selection of an online banking vendor. These experiences, plus the education on interaction design helped guide my career and self-education path towards user experience design. I grew in my position and eventually, the bank was sold and I was in limbo again.
Then a stroke of luck hit me. While, the opportunities at the new bank were interesting, a job came open at my wife's place of employment with the job title of "User Experience Designer" and a job description that, I swear, was written for me. I got the job and have ever since been an employed UX Designer, growing every day to hopefully become a UX Master. My wife and infant daughter are healthy and I get to spend every day with them!
Now, I hope host a blog on my various usability adventures, am active on twitter (@moshner), and am constantly looking to learn more. Thanks for reading my story.