Me as an NBA journalist
I took a five-year "gap" to be an NBA journalist. Growing up in China as a basketball player and an avid fan, I've always aspired to be an NBA player. Well, that dream fell short (pun intended) so I found a different route to associate myself with my favorite NBA teams and players. At first I just wanted to watch games in person for free but it ended up quite well -- had some work that I can be proud of and my interest in basketball analytics somehow led me to discover my passion for data visualization.