Wow, 14 years is such a long time! And as of the 21st, I will have been part of the community for 12 of those years!
DeviantArt has seen me through so much, and it's time for me to tell you all a story about it.
I first found DA when I was in college, writing fantasy short stories and looking for feedback for my (terrible) drawings to go with my words.
To say life was different back then is an understatement, I was in a school I hated, in a relationship I wasn't very happy in, and fighting my boyfriend in said relationship because he did not like my fascination with fantasy or my Internet addiction. It was in no small part because of DeviantArt that I found the courage to end a relationship with the person I thought would be "the one
" and face post-college life on my own and made the trek from the frozen, dark lands known as Michigan during fall/winter, and headed back to Texas!
Eventually, DeviantArt sent out a request for moderators to their brand new, shiny chat system, dAmn. Eager to get involved, I applied and was accepted. That started two years as a volunteer, during that time I did all kinds of things. Chat Mod, DD selector, Gallery Director, PV... all of which now fall under the umbrella of Community Volunteer. Eventually, my department was shifted from volunteer to a paid position, and so I became an employee of DeviantArt!
It was a happy day!
Since that time, I have moved to California in order to work out of HQ, I have attended and spoke at several cons, made amazing, lifelong friends and been able to do the thing I have always wanted to do: Help artists. Every day brings something new and different to my screen, I am surrounded by amazing, creative and hilarious people. Long story short: I found where I belong. As of the 21st of this month, I will have been a part of the DeviantArt community for 12 years, needles to say, it has been a huge part of my life, and of my growth as a person. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey with me, I wouldn't trade it for the world.
And that's my DeviantArt story... what's yours?
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