Formally trained as an architect and have been working in the field for about 20 years.
Like most people who grew up socially-awkward, I found myself most creative when faced with endless hours in front of the computer. I had my first personal homepage in 1993 - mostly because I was curious how it was done. I played with computer-generated 3d architectural presentations at about the same time, and hasn't looked back. I always say that in the future I'll go back to drawing by hand, although at my age and the state of (un)steadiness of my hands I don't think I'd be able to do the precise hand-drawings that I used to do.
I came across Macromedia Flash in 1997 and was obsessed with creating animations for years. I even did commercial animation jobs on the side. I started photography at about the same time. When flash animation waned in popularity I started doing stock photography for extra cash.
Creating video content for stock seemed like the natural progression, so I did that too. To challenge myself I thought it would be best to make videos with longer, structured narratives. Problem was, I didn't know where to get screenplays that I could use freely, so tried writing one myself. Having lived in six countries and exposed with different lifestyles and cultures, I've always prided myself on being able to synthesize accents so that I easily understood what most people are saying. This posed the biggest problem when I started writing characters - I realized that the same technique that served me well in understanding people failed me totally in noticing details, choice of words, nuances of speech. I'm currently living in New York, working with people from different origins and all kinds of backgrounds, so I'm trying to rectify the situation.
At mid-age I'm finally perfectly comfortable with who I am. I'm still socially awkward, but I no longer care.