I wasn't really aware as a kid that game development was a career that I could have, especially from an artist's perspective."
That's Ashley Pinnick, a 28-year-old artist and game developer living in San Francisco. Pinnick is a VR Technical Artist for Google, where she's working on Playground, the company's augmented reality app. But three years ago, she was an art school graduate and self-taught virtual reality developer with an uncertain future at her feet.
"I was playing games and I knew that there was art there," Pinnick said. "I just didn't put two and two together."