We don’t even know where to begin with how humbled we are by the crowd that came to see us live at C2E2.
We’ve done this panel at multiple cons in the past, but a whopping 150+ showed up to see our live event "How to Turn Your Passion Into A Career" on March 20th, 2016, and we are forever grateful.
Moderated by our podcast hosts Blaire Knight-Graves and Mark Beers, our panel included a group of professional geeks from various and diverse backgrounds. Below you’ll find their names and a highlighted topic by each panelist from the live event.
Carlyn’s career started at a small publication where her content was undervalued because it was off-brand, yet popular enough to often get the some of most hits the site would ever see. Her biggest tip: just because you’re right doesn’t mean you’re right. She may have had some of the most popular content on that website, but ultimately she had to part ways with that publication because what she was writing wasn’t the kind of content that they wanted to be known for. Ultimately her tenacious attitude and brilliant writing landed her at Threadless, but it was a harrowing journey and a big lesson for Carlyn to learn: there is such a thing as the right time and the right place.
Michi offered the importance of knowing your worth as a creative, especially when working freelance or taking an internship. In Michi’s experience, a lot of people will ask you to do something for free when you’re new to it (or when you’re good at it). Knowing your worth enables you to make sure that you are paid for your work. Additionally, Michi highlighted that internships are often a barrier for people of color and women, but now that industry standards are changing, more people with more diverse backgrounds are getting access to creative internships. Michi emphasized that gatekeepers of internships must change they way that they think when bringing on new and young talent by casting wider nets, using inclusive language, and being aware of company culture expectations and biases within a company culture. The more access that these marginalized people have to industry internships, the more opportunities for creative work will be offered in the future.
Majdi’s career was greatly influenced by a weird and silly game that he made when he was in college with a group of friends: Octodad. Octodad later went on to be one of the most commercially successful cult video games of all time, with a sequel that was released at Sony’s Playstation 4 launch. Majdi shared that it is very important that content creators work on and keep all of their odd and strange projects, because you never know what bizarre idea might just become a huge hit. In other words, don’t allow “sell-ability” to kill your creativity.
Nothing has been more effective for John Wong’s sound design and Foley career than networking, networking, and more networking. When you’re a vendor for bigger creative agencies, John stresses that you not only need to show face at all of the networking events in your industry, but you also need to be the most likeable person in your field so that they return to work with you again and again. That means late nights and many drinks have lead to his ability to work on geeky films, television, and video games – including being a sound designer for Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Devin Delaney, Music Supervisor and Composer at NoiseFloor
Devin’s key piece of advice was that, although he believes in being paid for work being done, you never know when one favor to someone may open a door to something else. Devin worked tirelessly on the cult indie horror film The Moleman of Belmont Avenue for a much lower rate of pay than he traditionally would have asked for on such a sizeable project. But it was his connection to the editor of that film that lead him to scoring two Avengers Initiative video games for Disney on iOS.
Aaron is a professional geek who is also a professional hobbyist, and he correlates his passion for his hobbies with his own success. His big advice: make a schedule for your content and stick to it, even if you’re just doing something out of your basement at home. Work the hours that you’re supposed to work, and have fun during the hours that you’re supposed to have fun. Aaron manages multiple channels with over 85,000 subscribers from his basement, and somehow still finds time to podcast, parent, paint Warhammer figurines, and live a day-to-day life, all by keeping a strict schedule.