I've been on DA for nine years, y'all. The first few on my old account then I wanted to change my username. It feels like I haven't progressed as much as I'd like but I have Picses Midheaven so it's to be expected.
I got degrees in graphic design, illustration AND classical animation, which I did nothing with for reasons I shan't divulge here. Ok Graphic design was so boring I wanted to DIE, classical animation is basically dead. By the time I came out of it I was trained to draw in so many styles I didn't know which direction to even begin. In 2007 I tried to focus as much as possible and be as sincere as I could and drew
(That's from my old account lol I closed it but it's still there)
And I feel like I've come a long way, although I took my sweet damn time. And for the first time in a long time my brain is exploding with ideas to the point of it being painful! I don't know why it took sooo long but, hey there's hope kids. No I'm not currently employed in this particular aspect of art, but the satisfaction it gives me is worth all the work. Yes, I list myself as professional because I am available professionally, was trained professionally, and what little money I do earn is technically from art, just not fairies in period costume art. Yet.