At a certain age, you bury your childhood dreams. Aspiring astronauts become accountants. Undiscovered rock stars turn into sales reps. Despite my early introduction – I got my first console when I was six – and a love for the creative world of video games, I never seriously thought my passion could lead to a viable job.
I went to UC Santa Cruz where I got semi-sensible degrees in Classical Studies and Art History and Visual Culture which landed me a respectable career in the Museum industry. After ten years, those pesky childhood dreams started gnawing at me and became unbearable. While most people have their wild aspirations as a child, I – a grown adult with a successful career – decided I wanted to be a video game journalist.
Game Informer accepted me as an intern for the Fall 2018 term, and I quit my secure day job to follow a dream. That sounds glamorous, but leaving behind everything I knew and moving halfway across the country to pursue a job I might fail at, was terrifying. Luckily, my gamble paid off. The articles I wrote were being appreciated by hundreds of thousands of people, I learned about making podcasts, and I grew relationships with people I had admired for a long time. My story continues now as a freelance video game writer and I’m ecstatic to see what I get to write next.
Favorite Video Games:
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance
- Red Dead Redemption (1 and 2)
- God of War