Web Development

A Foot in Two Different Industries

It has been over a year since I began learning to code in a committed way, but I still have to maintain my current occupation working crew/directing in the entertainment industry and as a photographer.

For those who don’t know, a lot of the time people in the entertainment industry who do crew end up doing a lot of different jobs in relation to media.  Most recently, I went out to Los Angeles for 3 months to do some in-studio crew work for a live broadcast Internet show that is wildly popular.

And now I am done for a little bit so I am back to photography and learning to code on the East Coast.

So I am now straddling between the entertainment industry and technology/programming.  The most challenging thing is not balancing the two in terms of time, it is presenting my self on the Internet in a way that does not confuse people.

I have sub-domains for photography and directing (still working on this one) and acting (I don’t really act anymore but it is up from a long while back and I just chose to keep it up).

I teach on Udemy.

I have a travel blog.

But my main site is LeslieLello.com.

And I feel that all of the above should all be referenced on this website.

But I also don’t want to muddy the fact that I am starting to make a bigger commitment to becoming a programmer.


I felt the absence of not coding during the months I was working in the studio.

In a way it was a blessing, though. When I left for L.A., I had just taken a deep dive into php, which I discovered I did not like. I LOVE WordPress, but I do not like getting into the code of it too deeply, as opposed to something like Node which makes a lot more sense to me, even though they are very similar in that they both use partials. But with WordPress, adjusting the partials in addition to working with a multitude of plugins that may or may not be updated (which means you might have to learn a whole new set of documentation 6 months later for a plugin that no longer works to get your site working again), led to a lot of frustration.  To many moving parts to do things that should be really simple in my opinion.

While I still have a lot to explore with Node and am not sure if it is as convoluted as the code in WordPress, it seems like that is not as much of an issue.

So upon returning to coding, I was able to be clear that I will continue to use WordPress personally, and if someone asks me to build them a site I can do that and am willing to dive into the php code, but I don’t want to work at learning more PHP.

I am now clear that I am most interested continuing to build my portfolio as a front end developer… specifically with JavaScript.

It seems like Front End Development is what I am closest to attaining. I reworked this site and made a distinction that my old stuff is more graphic and WordPress based, though I am wondering if that is actually true because I did do a lot of things like jQuery form verification and that whole YelpCamp tutorial with Colt Steel (which was awesome!)

But it gives me a “True North” for my coding (as Julia Cameron would say).

And in terms of the entertainment industry, which will always be my first love (though my second love of coding is becoming equally strong and valid), I wonder how to still thrive in that world as I build headway into programming.

Now THAT is confusing, isn’t it?

I put a link to my Udemy courses on the front page of this site.

“She says she is a junior developer, but now she has these graphics about producing and directing movies.”

So, seriously…

How do  make this work?

Do I REALLY have to have a site for each of the professional activities that I engage in?


Doesn’t having a varied background make me a more well rounded person?

If you have a solution please tell me.

I actually do have a new site for my Udemy courses.

Super simple. Just built it a few nights ago. (Not finished with the “courses” page. I want to get into a better description than the night I worked on it so I just put a link to the Homepage.)

So should I relegate these classes to that site and not mention it here?

Free Code Camp

I have a friend that started coding a couple of years ago who just got a job as a Full Stack Developer and he said he started with Free Code Camp.

I had looked it over about 8 months ago, but decided that I preferred video lectures after a rough experience with Code Academy.

But I trust this friend’s advice, so that is where I am at right now.

The first few sections on HTML, CSS, jQuery and Bootstrap are already done and were a nice review after these months away.

I’m hoping that the JavaScript section feels like a review, too.  That will say to me that I am farther along than I give myself credit, which I think is true.

I feel like I know JavaScript but that I just need to build up my portfolio. I think I made the distinction between portfolio and JAVASCRIPT PORTFOLIO because I am challenging myself to fill up that page with new JavaScript projects. (one of these links might not work in a few days because I might rework how I present my portfolio(s)).

Year One vs. Year Two

Year one of learning to code was about getting an overview of the possibilities of where I could go with it and if I even liked it.

Year to is about making a choice and running far with it which makes logical sense and seems to be the consistent advice I get from people who have been programming for a while.

I choose JavaScript. I choose front end.  I maybe choose back end if I feel like I have a thorough enough understanding of front end. (Again, I REALLY liked working in Node).

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