January 6, 2020
Magento Masters contribute a lot to the Magento Community so, naturally, people want to know what makes them tick. In this Magento Masters Spotlight, we’re chatting with Rebecca Brocton.
Who are you, and what is your role?
My name is Rebecca Brocton and I’m a Lead eCommerce Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover.
How and when did you first get involved with Magento?
I first got involved with Magento in August 2013. It was my first development job. I was a junior developer at a Magento agency, a really small Magento agency, based in the UK. That’s how I first got introduced to the platform and everything that it had to offer. I quickly embraced it and absolutely loved all of the potential that it offered. Just kind of got on like a house on fire straight away. Since then my career path has taken many turns and changes over the years from project management to channel management with partners and now eCommerce manager store role and solution architecture as well. It’s kind of a mixture of everything. I like to take what clients want and need, and what the merchants want and need, and try to translate that into what the developers need to know— how to build it and things like that. It’s quite exciting.
What made you decide to contribute to the Magento Community?
It was when I was working as a junior developer. I was kind of wanting to learn more. I wanted to find out more about the platform and what it could do so I went onto the community forums and I went onto Twitter and found this massive community and found how vocal it was and just how wiling to help newcomers it was. I was like “This is amazing!” and threw myself into talking to big names in the community like talking to Phil, and Sherrie, and Vinai, and just kind of talking to them about “How do I get into this development role?” “How do I make a module?” Simple stuff at the time which was just so mind-blowing to someone who’s only ever seen Wordpress before and just kind of went from there. After a couple of years, I kind of thought “Something is missing for me. I want to put myself out there. I want to do the same. I want to help newcomers like the way that I was helped.” So that’s why I started my YouTube channel and started putting myself out there a little bit more and getting involved as much as I could.
How has the Magento Community impacted you?
It has impacted me profoundly. So much. It’s changed my entire life. I’m sure I was on a different path at some point and then Magento has taken me on a way better path both personally and career-wise. I’ve met so many friends through the Magento community that I just absolutely love. My career has just skyrocketed thanks to it. Just being able to embrace that has been amazing. You just meet so many smart people and I just love to soak everything and just learn from everyone around me. Every day is a school day when you’re in the Magento community, it really is. I learn something new every day.
What’s been your favorite Magento event to attend or organize?
It’s got to be Imagine. It’s got to be this event. It’s so immense and it gathers so many people that I just don’t get to see very often because they’re 300,000 miles away or wherever they are in the world. It’s a great vibe here as well. Last year , I helped a lot with organizing Meet Magento UK. It was the first Meet Magento UK since the MagentoLive took over that UK space event. It was just so fun to get involved in that organization and work with Magento and work with the speakers. I hosted the event as well, so I got to introduce such amazing speakers on stage and just have a lot of fun and banter and just let my inner Phil Jackson out with the hair and everything. I let my inner Phillip out and kind of embraced that hosting and it was really fun. I’m hosting again this year  which I’m really looking forward to. It should be good.
What’s one thing the Magento community may not know about you?
I can move my ears. I like doing this trick. It freaks people out because they can’t do it. I don’t really have anything that the Magento community don’t already know because I’m just, I’m such an oversharer. That’s my mantra. I’ll walk up to anyone and be like “Oh here’s my life story and a bunch of this stuff you didn’t ask about.” So everyone already knows it.
What is one piece of advice that you live by, and would like to pass on to other developers?
The piece of advice that my dad gave me when I was younger and that is just a family motto now, that I always just tell everyone is that “If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.” If you’re going to do something, do it to the best of your ability. Be passionate about it. Be a grizzly bear. Get yourself out there. I’d just walk downstairs in the morning and be like “You alright Dad?” “Yeah, have a good day. If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.” “Yes, I’m going to go be a grizzly today.” Be true to yourself. Do what sparks joy in you. Do what you’re passionate about and be your own grizzly.
About Rebecca Brocton
Lead eCommerce Specialist, Jaguar Land Rover
"If you're gonna be a bear, be a grizzly." Rebecca has carried these words as a source of motivation since she was young; you can consistently find passion in her work, hobbies, & attitude. As a public advocate of mental health awareness, she aims to break the stigma that prevents people from speaking up & seeking help. Rebecca's an enthusiastic member of the Magento community devoted to supporting merchants, developers & retail specialists exceed their potential. Her knowledge of the consumer landscape is extensive & she’s committed to sharing insights any way she can, be that via YouTube, speaking, writing or good old conversation.
Rebecca was selected as a Magento Master for 2019 based on her 2018 contributions raising awareness in the community on Mental Health through the MageMH broadcast, DevExchange at Imagine, Magento Minds of Manchester, and MageTitans Manchester, as well as speaking engagements educating the ecosystem on omnichannel and ongoing videos supporting the community on YouTube.