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Vincent Grovestine
Vincent Grovestine

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Drawing career inspiration from movies/TV

I was 16 when Sneakers was released in 1992. I remember seeing it at the theatre and having to whisper explanations of various plot points to the friend who was with me--she didn't "get" it, but I sure did!

Some 25 years later, I give credit to Sneakers for steering me toward Computer Science during university; and again now for sparking an interest in data science. Mind you, my aspirations are more "benevolent analyst" than Ben Kingsley's "black-hat anarchist" character. :)

"I might even be able to crash the whole damn system."

"There's a war out there, old friend--a world war--and it's not about whose got the most bullets; it's about who controls the information."

Have others drawn career inspiration from movies/TV? A particular clip or character that gets you jazzed up about doing what you do (or perhaps could do) each day?

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Ben Halpern

Christian Bale's portrayal of Michael Burry in The Big Short speaks to me and gets me excited about being sort of a weirdo who can solve problems type. It's not exactly the happiest story, but his mannerisms kind of get me fired up to do something difficult.

I also like Bale as Batman with his computer set up. I try to get situated so I feel sort of Batman-esque in my tasks.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing also is something I re-watch a lot. When I was in college I watched The Social Network and that often got me kind of fired up.

I didn't have a lot of encouragement to get into tech per se growing up or at any point, but I think I fit the archetype portrayed in a lot of these movies pretty well and that definitely encouraged me. I hope Hollywood gets better at straying from this archetype/sterotype because more people deserve to be inspired in the ways I have been. I actually do think it is starting to happen in a big way, but it takes some time for that to take effect.

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Kim Arnett 

Heyyy fellow chihuahua-owner!

Office space was my career inspiration before I even realized it, lol.
Once I became a programmer -- office space helped me realize I was in a toxic work environment and to get out. .^
Now I'm in a job where I don't want to do this v.

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Vincent Grovestine

+1 deserved simply for having a Chihuahua too!