I haven't seen any posts regarding this, so I thought it would be interesting to know how everybody got here. I'll start.
Almost 6 years ago, I was desperate to find a job. I had gotten off Marine Corps Active Duty several months before and my unemployment had run out. I was applying to any technical job I could find on Monster, Career Builder, etc. There was this place that was looking for trainees for install, repair and service copiers, printer and fax machines. I interviewed with the company, but did not get a call back. After working part time for an attorney to make ends meet, I get call back from that place 3 months later asking to see me again. This time, the interview ended with an actual job offer. I took it and with no experience in the industry at all quickly picked up on the Basic Copy Process (Charge, Expose, Develop, etc) and cut my teeth (very painfully) in the business. I worked there for 3 years until I found a much better place to work at. I don't like certain aspects of my job, but I get a great satisfaction in helping a customer. And that's what keeps me going.
How about everybody else? Don't hold back.