Travis' Open Road
Do This For Fun (1:17)
I Absolutely Loved Doing This (1:41)
Start Creating Stuff (1:29)
Turning Video Games Into a Career (1:06)
Collaboration Instead of Competition (1:14)
Online Criticism (1:53)
When I was in college, this job didn’t even exist; I had to create it. So know that your dream job isn’t always what you think it is.
- He was always interested in PC gaming; during college, Starcraft 2 was released and became an esport.
- He would stay up late into the night to watch competitions broadcast from Korea, but he never dreamed he could be a part of that scene.
- After he graduated, he wanted to work for a gaming company in Los Angeles, but at the end of the interview process, he was denied the job.
- While he was still in a slump after losing out on that job, he mentioned to a peer that he was jealous of his job playing competitive esports.
- The peer suggested that even if he couldn’t become a professional player, he should use his communications degree to interview esports players.
- He started his own amateur podcast and YouTube channel focused on esports, and League of Legends, specifically.
- At the time, he was one of the only people producing League of Legends content, so when CBS decided they wanted to cover the sport, he was the go-to guy.
- Says that in retrospect, losing out on that first job was actually one of the best things that could’ve ever happened to him.