was 11 years old, I heard an ad on the radio for internet service
and immediately made my dad call them up and sign us up. With a 486 computer
and a 2400 baud modem, I had taken my first steps into the world of "cyberspace".
Soon after I learned how to maneuver in my nifty shell account, I discovered
IRC (internet relay chat) and designated my home channel as #Teenbeach.
After making a number of IRC friends, I wanted to make a homepage that
would feature my fellow #Teenbeachers and myself. So being that this was
long before the era of FrontPage or Dreamweaver or any other HTML editor
out there, with my IRC friend as my guide, I created my very first homepage
right into my shell account.
By age of 15 I discovered Adobe's Photoshop (thank goodness!)
and started playing with images and turning them into computer graphics.
I really liked creating graphics and decided to download a bunch of software
to play with. I'd have to say Bryce 3D, Xara 3D, Ulead 3D, Illustrator,
and Photoshop have been the best software I encountered and are the ones
I have (of course) stuck with. I then designed my next website which was
I had acquired. Sometimes friends would ask me to design flyers, which
I was more than happy to do.
One day, two summers ago, I got and e-mail from a Ms. Isabel Walcott of
SmartGirl Internette. She was looking for young girl interns to work for
her and become a part of the SmartGirl family. Seeing as I had already
thought about getting my first computer internship, I happily accepted
the offer and started to work at my first computer job.
The following spring (or last spring) I felt that I had built enough under
my belt to try to land myself a junior web designer job. It was hard to
leave such a fun closely kit bunch of girls, but I submitted resumes,
interviewed, and landed my first junior web designer job at Web Design
House where I still am. Some samples of pages I've programmed and/or designed
I really love designing graphics and building web pages, to me, its more
play than work. It gives me a chance to incorporate my computer programming
knowledge with my artistic abilities. It's a tangled web out there, but
I'm sure glad I fell into it.