I have a unique history of experience as I worked in Chicago doing graphic design and building websites back in '96 - '00 which then transitioned into working in Hollywood creating Visual Effects (VFX). While VFX may be art, it's created with an insane level of technical know-how and experience.
During my 14 years in that industry, I taught myself how to program. I started slowly with 1-2 line scripts that would loop through a lot of objects in my scenes and change something. Once I realized how powerful it was, I jumped head first into it. I then started creating in-house pipeline tools to help optimize the flow at various studios I worked at. My drive and desire to get better kept growing. This natually (for me) led into jumping full-time into developing iOS apps as soon as Apple released the App Store. I've been a full-time developer ever since.