I began by creating sounds and music on a mod for Deus Ex out of high school. that's when it all started... The bug to make great game audio got its grip on me and I've been dedicated to nothing but since.
Music is my other great passion and I count myself lucky to be able to do both for games.
Human HeadVolition Inc.Gearbox! Woo Hoo!
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Saint's Row 2
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Get your hands dirty as early as possible! Whether that's making a level on your own or finding a mod team... success of the project isn't as important as the experience you gain. You gotta learn to walk the walk to represent yourself as a cultural "insider" in game development.
Remember that all jobs are filled based on "perceived risk" and the less the perception of risk the more likely you are to be hired so take an honest look at your own accomplishments and talents and decide for yourself whether you look like a risk or an asset to any company you're interested in.
Perseverance, talent and self motivation will get you want you want. If that's a career in game development... Then that's what you'll get!
Final Fantasy 6
Electronic Music (Writing), Auto Cross, HPDE Events
Too many to list...
George R Martin, Stephen Erikson, others...