I left college with some soft of certificate in Design and a "D" in Computer Science. Had no idea what I wanted to do next.
I ended up helping my dad in his she studios cutting patterns for Lady Diana and other famous folk - until I decided to take a Japanese BA at university.
While in China Town Piccadilly one day, I picked up a Cantonese dubbed copy of the original Macross.
This was anime that looked completely different from Gatchaman (G-Force) that I saw as a wee lad.
The transforming Valkyrie, smooth animation and gorgeous Misa and Minmay captured my heart.
I started to game and my first console was the Sega Megadrive. I wanted to know more about the games being imported so I got myself along to the Japan Center which sold Megadrive mags. Could not read a word of Japanese (never took Chinese classes) and decided that I wanted to be able to read what I paid 6 pounds for instead of just looking at the pics ^^;
It was from then on when I realized how much I liked Japanese culture - the "like" turned to "love" and I decided to follow my passion and made every effort I could to get me to Japan - it was a distant goal.
As I look back, I realize that everything I done was a piece of a jigsaw puzzle - all pieces were needed and everything fell into place. It was a "puzzle" at the time because I didn't know what the pieces were going to form but knew I had to keep collecting them.