I got my start in the graphic arts through promotional design for athletic programs.
My first design job was for my university, creating graphics for their athletic department. I revisited those same skills years later and built upon them as the lead designer for a youth baseball LLC. I am (comically) un-athletic, but working in sports promotion allowed me the ability to experiment outside industry norms and, though I personally prefer clean contemporary aesthetics myself, I loved having the encouragement to play with color and texture. It is something I still deeply appreciate about this industry subset.