A few weeks ago I saw a set of pecha kucha talks here in New York by lots of people who work within the digital industries (digital design, software development, product management) in the city.
As they talked about their families, friends, work, lives and loves something struck me. Nearly all of them had started out doing something else, many of their passions lay elsewhere. To those working in industries that are not related to professionalised design and technology this would probably come as no surprise. Most of my friends and families work has never been the thing they love the most unless it was a vocation, and you can imagine the vast majority of peoples work does not address their biggest passions.
The next day I tweeted that I had found this an interesting and had some brief conversations with a few people on there which were quite amusing.
I think why it was striking was that often the narrative (particularly in public speaking and publications, less so in private conversations) around the digital economy and digital industries is of a workforce of empowered, enterprising and creative individuals who are doing what they love, are changing the world, being creative, fulfilling their dreams.
Not of a workforce of people who have adapted to the demands of the market. The narratives about working in the digital economy is not one where people make compromises between what they love to do and the need to make a living.
With this in mind I wanted to follow this thread a bit and ask a people working in the digital industries, did you have something else you wanted to do?
Maybe you had dreams of being an engineer or a musician, but the seeming security of the digital economy was alluring? Perhaps you worked in another field, doing something completely different and got into something more digital because you believed in and were excited by its revolutionary potential? Or you wanted to be a fine artist or a painter but found more creative output in more digital mediums?
Id love to hear other peoples stories. You can tweet me here with something short and sweet like 'I wanted to be an astronaut, but not I work in digital'. Or, you can email me here with a longer story. Or we can talk. Like humans.