If you’d asked a 19-year-old Adrian Rollett what he’d be doing in his 30’s, chances are he would have said, “professional singer.” Though he attended the prestigious Carnegie Mellon as a voice major, he was influenced by the very computer-centric school and paid his bills by doing part-time sysadmin work. After graduation, the university's Statistics department employed him as a full-time sysadmin for a time.
Adrian went on to work as a sysadmin for the web services group at the University of North Texas. He was quickly promoted, and was running the group when Drupal became the university’s official content management system (or CMS). As Adrian gained experience in Drupal, he decided to move away from administration and into full-time development.
“I sort of fell into Drupal,” he says, “but I’m glad I did. I really like how the Drupal community works together. I love the collaborative, meritocratic vibe of Drupal. If you submit good work, it’s going to get in, and you’re going to get some level of recognition, which is a little non-remunerative perk of working with Drupal.”
Adrian joined Bluespark Labs in the fall of 2011 and has particularly enjoyed the fruitful collaboration of the Bluespark team. “I’m learning a lot by working with code from some of the other developers. And I’m able to participate in that myself, by sharing things that I know."
Though he didn’t pursue a career in music, Adrian still plays the bass and the bass guitar. He loves all kinds of music, especially bluegrass and jazz. He currently lives with his wife and one-year-old child in Colorado Springs, Colorado.