The last W-2 job I had was in construction, I went back to school at 26 and have been doing handyman/drywall jobs for money, using Unity every free moment I've had, now I'm 29.
I got picked up by a company looking for someone just getting out of school because the work is experimenting and prototyping concepts/api's and is being funded out of the owners pocket and I'm cheap but have several years worth of experience and am eager to get as much experience as I can.
They've bought tons of cool gadgets, sensors, controllers, cameras coming out in the future, most of the popular kickstarter dev kits that have been released over the past year, and I get paid to learn the API's and see what I can make. :)
And the job just came out of nowhere, unexpected, from looking for freelance work.