Just spent a whopping 30 hours on my subscriber alert. It was mega fun to work on, but let's hope the investment was worth it (plz subscribe https://www.twitch.tv/gildedguy).
I've gone a very un-traditional route. Although I attended university for a degree in computer science, I've always kept the option of being an artist open, and have done a lot of snooping around to see what it takes to get into the industry. A career plan is really something you have to formulate and feel confident...