I’m the wrong side of 40.
I studied Digital Entertainment at Uni late 90s - 2000s.
As part for the course we were taught Maya, 3D studio Max and other software I can no longer remember.
I learnt to use LightWave in my spare time, as it just clicked with me where the others didn’t.
After graduation I did the cliché gap year before I got a job as a programmer. During that times I carried on creating 3d “art work” for my own amusement in Lightwave, but eventually stopping around 2004.
16yrs later, I’m now getting back into, thanks to the likes of Blender and all the generous people who put out tutorials.
I’m always going to be a hobbyist never a “Guru”, but I’m ok with that.