As a long time member of the community I thought it would be cool to post about my transition to the staff, so from time to time I'm going to blog about my experiences at Gamespot UK. Apologies if this seems self-congratulatory or vain, that's not the goal. I just think this is something I would have enjoyed reading myself a few years ago.
My first real job was some Christmas work in an independent game shop in my home town. It was run by a twenty-something chap called Keith who took me on initially as part of a school work experience program. Apparently I wasn't too awful so he asked me to stay on for an extra three weeks of paid work. I'd wake up, wrap myself up in my winter jacked and practically skip down the hill to work. I loved that job, and I'd spend entire weekends looking forward to clocking in on Monday. Fourteen year old Danny had tasted something very dangerous, and something I've strived to find again ever since; a dream job.
I actually hate the phrase "dream job". It's too reductive. Ask a child their dream job and you're sure to hear some interesting ideas. Chocolate taster, bunny rubber, power ranger, John Terry. For adults it's a lot more complex. You want to be challenged, but passionate enough about the work that you push yourself to succeed. Hard jobs are challenging but stressful and easy jobs are simple but boring. The ones in the middle have nothing going for them.
So when I talk about how satisfying my first week in Gamespot UK was, it's may not be for the reasons you could assume. Last week I learned more about the industry and the art than I could working on my own projects. Instead of doubting a choice, I asked a question and got an informed answer. Instead of working solo, I collaborated with talented people to create something better. I work in a place surrounded by by talented people, but with the tools and a support network to achieve that level of talent myself. I've never been to excited and hungry to work in my life. It's a pretty amazing feeling.
Though I mostly shadowed people and acted like a info-sponge this week, I did get the opportunity to shout at Johnny while working the autocue on Friday and I edited this weeks episode of Super Start Select. Well except the Assasins Creed feature which, lets be honest, is best edited part of the show!
I also spent some time in the downstairs green room, getting familiar with the cameras and studio and even got some time on the roof where Appetite for Distraction is shot in between disruptive helicopters flying overhead.
I'll be making more on-screen contributions to the Gamespot UK output over the coming weeks, but at the moment I'm enjoying getting my Final Cut X skills up to scratch and helping with the guy's workload whenever I can. I've yet to play on the CBS Interactive pool table, but the Gamespot UK arcade machine has been getting some lunchtime action.
So that's enough for this week, my new central London flat that's dustier than a witches armpit so it's time I got back to cleaning. If you have any questions stick them down below and I'll be glad to answer. Looking forward to getting back on Xbox Live over the next week, whenever my TV arrives back here from Ireland. Haven't played online in 2 months, so I'm looking forward to getting my ass handed to me for a few weeks
For now though, I'm just looking forward to Monday.