I've been a front-end developer professionally for over 5 years. I've dabbled with web technologies since the mid-90s, but only really became smitten when tasked with building a web application for my previous employer. The scale of said app was far greater than anything I'd ever tried before but, with lots of swearing, and encouragement & assistance, I delivered it to the satisfaction of my employer. The buzz I got from that delivery really set in stone the desire to drive towards doing it for a living. I spent the next 18 months doing as I did when building the app: researching, learning, coding. The desire to program for a living motivated me far more than money—or any external factor—ever could.
Roll forward to today. I'm currently employed by Big Bite Creative, one of the leading digital agencies in the country, and one of only 11 WordPress.com VIP service partners in the world. I've worked on a myriad of different projects here: from simple, single-page static sites; to large, multi-lingual WordPress sites; web applications; interactive, data-heavy illustrative maps; WordPress plugins; and more.