Alumni Interview: Natalia Fierro

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Meet Natalia Fierro, a graduate of General Assembly’s full-time Web Development Immersive program and part-time Front-End Development course. Before enrolling at GA, Natalia worked as a designer, art director, project manager, and commissioned artist.

1. What inspired you to learn web development?

Five years ago I visited L.A., saw the tech scene there, and knew I needed to get involved. I’ve always been interested in building things and I realized that acquiring web technology skills would make me better able to shape my own ideas, and other people’s ideas, into products.

2. What’s the best thing about coding?

Coding brings together people from so many different backgrounds, people who have accrued different strengths along the way. Everyone’s eager to help each other out, whether in person or online.

3. What’s your guilty pleasure?

I have two: watching hours of YouTube videos of bands playing live (I love Tame Impala), and eating Peruvian Food. I eat way too much, but then again, I’m from there.

4. Has your creative background helped you with web development?

Definitely! I’m always using my photography, graphic design and editing experience when building web apps.

5. What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on two. TODI is based upon the idea that people love to record their daily lives, but don’t necessarily have the time or desire to write a novel or blog post about it. It’s a sort of digital diary for the busy modern world.

My other project is AIZBERG, a music discovery app that leverages the SoundCloud API. Users can browse various curated set lists, and play an artist’s songs. I added a chat room feature so that people could interact around the music in real-time. In general, I always try to make products that people might say, “I don’t know what it is, but I want to use it.”

When Natalia isn’t working on TODI or AIZBERG, she’s hitting up live music shows, trying new beers with strange names, checking out the LACMA Museum, taking amazing photos, or painting.