Update – July 31st, 2012
Something pretty awesome happened a few weeks ago and I regret that I’m just NOW getting around to “announcing” it. Remember that pencil pushing job I sometimes talked about? The one I disliked, the one that had absolutely nothing to do with videogames or general nerdom but it DID pay and offer benefits? Well, I voluntarily quit and my last day was on July 17th. Since then I have been busy networking, connecting, blogging and staying busy as hell. (And I mean b-u-s-y — I haven’t even fired up a console in two weeks. ACK!)
I can say with the sincerest form of sincerity that it was the best decision I have ever made.
Now before you’re all “OMG BRITT WHATCHU GON DO NOW! AFTER ALL, THE WOMAN CAVE REQUIRES A THING CALLED ‘MONLTHY RENT!”
Never fear! I’ve ensured I have all of my bases covered. I’ll have medical/dental insurance until I’m 26-years-old (for those of you who don’t know, I just turned 24 this May) and I have enough money stowed away to last me about a year. In that time, I hope to find/discover/fall into something AMAZING. I’m currently working on a side-project as a community manager (I’m not ready to reveal for what company it’s for, but I will say it’s not in the videogame industry) and I have a few ideas I want to explore, some of which I hope to share with you soon, but for now I just wanted to let you know what’s going on in Britt’s life. ;D
It’s an exciting new venture and I have a good feeling great things are soon to come.
For a living (aka my “general” job) I slouch behind a computer screen and pencil push 40 hours a week. I’ve been doing this for roughly six years now, and let me tell you, IT IS THE MOST BORING THING EVER. But it pays fairly well and offers outstanding benefits. The problem is that I have no interest in this job. Like, I don’t give two shits about the material I deal with on a daily basis.
About a year and a half ago I was beginning to tire of “going through the motions” and found myself wondering what I wanted to do with my life. But…what COULD I do? Hell, I didn’t even know what I wanted to do, so how could I even begin to do something? Not only was it frustrating, but it was a vicious cycle. I needed to find something to do—something that made me feel like I was doing something productive.
Around that time I had been visiting IGN during my lunch breaks and had become somewhat familiar with their blogging system (I was a genuine lurker— I never posted or commented). But shortly after E3 2009 I remember sitting on my couch, thinking about the direction my life was going in. Did I really want to spend the rest of my life working at a job for which I had no passion? The answer was clearly no. What was tearing at me, however, was that I wasn’t doing anything about it. I would bitch bitch bitch about how much my job wasn’t right for me, but that’s as far as it went.
I don’t know what it was about that day, but something changed. I turned off the television, whipped out my laptop, logged into my IGN account and 20 minutes later I had written my first blog on IGN. I believe I called it Just a Gaming Chick Venting. To read it now is cringe-worthy, but hey, we all start at the bottom of the darkest and shittiest well, amirite?
The blog ultimately took off, one thing led to another, and now I say I have two jobs…I just don’t get paid for one of them. Unfortunately the one I don’t get paid for is the one I enjoy the most, but hey, that’s how it goes sometimes!
My second job includes:
- Prepping for and hosting a weekly podcast about videogames and the industry
- Prepping, hosting and editing a weekly community podcast about We’re Alive
- Coordinating and running community contests for We’re Alive
- Writing articles for Zaxy.com
- Attend and cover industry related conventions and gatherings
- Running BlondeNerd.com
- Running WereNotDeadPodcast.com
- Running two YouTube channels
On top of all this, I’m still working at the same ol’ 40-hour-a-week- pencil-pushing -job. And yes, I still would leave tomorrow if I could. But you know what? This paying (albeit boring) job supports my second job. Plane tickets aint cheap, after all!
As you can probably imagine, this second “job” of mine takes up my entire evenings and a big chunk out of my weekends. It’s no wonder I come into work with bags under my eyes!
So long story short, I don’t get paid for any of the things I do. But I feel privileged that I get to do these things, and that’s enough.