Web Design Path to Pro Interview Series • New Tricks
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As a psychologist, I’ve always been interested in how people end up with the life that they have. I love to look at the twists, turns, things that happened and the decisions that were made that took them to where they are today.

A few years ago, I did a keynote speech at WordCamp Asheville and I started it off with the music from the Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime.

“And you may find yourself
Living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself
In another part of the world
And you may find yourself
Behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house
With a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, well
How did I get here?”

Remember that one?

It seems that not many people start out and maintain a linear career path, especially in the web design field.

I certainly didn’t set out to be a web designer. You probably already figured out that where I am today wasn’t at all predictable.

After selling a software company I started with my ex-husband, I found myself dishing out marketing and business advice to my friends in our local coffee shop and since I had a couple of WordPress sites, I’d be singing the praises of this new web technology and people wanted to pay me to work with them.

And a few short years later, me- a nobody was organizing a WordCamp and had MattMullenweg’s American Express Card in my pocket for the weekend. And I asked myself, “How did I get Here?”

Given that my circuitous path to WordPress pro isn’t that unusual, I thought it would be fun and illustrative to hear from some other pros in the WordPress community to find out about the paths they took that ended up here.

You’ll find their stories below.

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