I'd assume many of you, like me, grew up in the 80's and had/have a mild obsession with video games. Thankfully back then, we were all still normal kids and got outside on a regular basis.
Anyway, early on in life, I always said I wanted to make video games. I never really had any career aspirations, but always wanted to do what I enjoy the most, gaming. I got accepted into DigiPen when I was 17 and I sadly never went. I was too busy being a stupid teenager, partying. Re-applied post high school, got accepted again and ... still didn't go. Decided to go to a local college in Ohio and never finished as I landed a pretty sweet gig in IT and the rest is history.
Now a days, making money off gaming is becoming a very common thing and it's hard not to get upset over it. Seems like every other day I'm reading about kids making an absurd amount of money and I can't help but be envious and jealous on a regular basis. Here I am, now in my mid 30's and questioning ... is it too late, or do I stay the course? I am constantly riddled with fear of missing out and If I continue to delay, that it will only become harder. I have to assume I'm not alone on this question on GTZ as most of us appear to be in our 30's.
I make more money than I ever thought possible, or deserve, but can't come to terms with being OK leaving that behind. We grew up dirt poor on government assistance and I'm fearful of losing what I have. I still do not have a college degree and I am rapidly approaching a ceiling with my salary and career path. In order to continue down this path, I'm going to need my degree at some point in the not so distant future. I just recently enrolled into WGU and I will be resuming my abandoned college efforts from over a decade ago. I'm just having a hard time saying "yep, this is for me ... more school" vs. being excited about doing something I'm really energetic and driven by ya know?
Seems like breaking into the Twitch community now a days is not an easy task. That as usual, 'just missed the bus', on this new world. I (probably like everyone else here), just ... hate working. I hate knowing that so much of my life will be blown working and on something I'm not overly passionate about. Yet, now that I have a son and we're already prepping for our second, it seems foolish to gamble with stability and consistency at this stage in life.
Just curious if any others here have toyed with these ideas and have moved forward with them. I'm debating trying out this whole Twitch thing, but then I question If I have the right personality for it. Have had a lot of these chats locally with friends and colleagues over beer recently, and they all say if any one they know can pull it off, it'd be me. The thing is though, my humor is usually in the form of being the funny, angry, crazy and foul mouthed big guy (I've always been referred to as Farley or Seth Rogen). Sadly, most of my humor stems from alcohol. My assumption is that profanity and booze are not generally accepted in the Twitch community due to minors.
Pretty sure this is a mid life crisis, haha. Just would love to get paid to play and truly enjoy my daily job. Like anything one does not have, it's typically not as glamorous as an outsider makes it out to be and I'm hopeful that's the case here. Reality is, it's probably amazing and those making the big bucks probably love every aspect of their daily life!