Posted by EpicSteve (6910 posts) -

"I don't know anything about game development."

-Me at an interview

I just accepted a job as a Producer at Iron Galaxy, to be specific, a Production Coordinator.

I don't really know how to absorb this. I've been training myself for almost a decade to be a Journalist. I've written tons of things on this site, other blogs, and a newspaper. I even finally managed to cement a permanent gaming column in my local paper.

Growing up I never had much interest in making anything creative. Instead of going to a traditional high school, I went to a trade school and studied film production and got some very basic Directing and Producing training there. But my passion was always in Journalism.

This summer my one internship I had lined up bailed on me and I needed something to do. Anything writing related was either not accepting interns or not returning my phone calls.

At PAX East I asked Dave Lang about some sort internship at Iron Galaxy. Basically I asked if he wanted someone to make coffee for the crew during the summer. It was a half serious discussion, I just thought it would be cool to hang out in Chicago and possibly make some contacts. My only other experience in the game industry is my short Whiskey Media/Giant Bomb internship.

To my surprise he said that he might have something for me. A week later I sent him my resume after I sent it to Time, The Cincinnati Enquirer, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, HBO, Comedy Central, and a bunch of local places. He raised my offer as an intern with Management position at Iron Galaxy's Florida location.

I'm a person that gets excited about new opportunities and jumping in the pool to learn how to swim. I am literally that guy who will do something just to say he did it. Sometimes that's incredibly dangerous. But I'll admit the drag of college made me feel really unproductive and depressed. I'm not dropping college, I'm still signed up for online courses, but that degree will have to take a few extra semesters in trade of establishing a potential career and a fresh experience.

Shortly after a phone interview with five people, Iron Galaxy flew me out for an interview. It was the first time I was flown anywhere for a job other than Afghanistan so it was kind of nice. I'm only 23, so I have never gotten a chance to go anywhere for free. That's when it sunk in this was a Big Boy job. I'm talking 401k's and stuff. Grown up things.

Half way through an interview with senior staff they offered me a Producer job in Chicago. I couldn't agree faster. It's close to my home in Cincinnati and I have more interest in Chicago than Orlando. I always wanted to try a metropolitan area. You know, over priced apartments, cramped living space, cock roach potential, getting shot, and pizza by the slice.

I hope to keep some sorta blog or do some project relating to the early days of my job and go into more detail later. I figured a lot of people want to know how to get into the industry. Is my job desirable? I don't really know. But I know it's frustrating not to have a clear picture of how a job you want works. So I'll try to paint a clear picture later.

If you have any questions, ask them and I'll try to get an answer for you.

This weekend my girlfriend and I are looking at apartments. We'll see how that goes. My start date is later July.

Regardless of me not ever thinking about being in this side of the industry, it's an interesting opportunity. Like all of you, I really like games and respect this business. To have any involvement and opportunities to have the smallest impact is something really special.

When I walked into an office to be interviewed by Dave Lang, I tried to hand him a resume and he responded, "Resumes are stupid!"

@stevenbeynon

Dave Lang was tagged in this picture on Facebook pre-job interview.
#1 Edited by MooseyMcMan (11934 posts) -

Oh boy!

Good luck?

Good job?

Dave Lang?

In all seriousness, that's rad, and I hope you do well there. And try not to get bopped too often when the Langzilla goes on rampage.

#2 Posted by Wormy22 (83 posts) -

Wow. Wowowowow.

#3 Posted by HammondofTexas (1135 posts) -

Good Luck. Have Batman.

#4 Posted by Fear_the_Booboo (695 posts) -

Fucking congrats on the job. I've got nothing to add.

#5 Posted by Monkeyman04 (1447 posts) -

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Congrats duder!

#6 Edited by Pie (7214 posts) -

wowowow

#7 Edited by Mister_V (1584 posts) -

Giant Bomb duder done good!

Well done dude! That's awesome news.

#8 Edited by ripelivejam (5834 posts) -

maybe we'll see you on a Super Professional Friday/Wednesday sometime

#9 Posted by GiantLizardKing (660 posts) -

That's awesome news. Rock that shit.

#10 Posted by kylenalepa (168 posts) -

Hey, congratulations! Sounds like an awesome opportunity.

#11 Edited by Peakborn (97 posts) -

Congrats, Duder.

Was there a GFB clause in your contract?

#12 Edited by mjk0104 (222 posts) -

Wowsers, nice work kiddo! Good luck!

#13 Posted by Brendan (8668 posts) -

Well done, sir!

#14 Posted by Vuud (2052 posts) -

You're going to work for Dave Lang?

Watch out for yer corn hole, bud.

#15 Posted by noboners (153 posts) -

Congrats. I don't actually know you in person but I think you definitely deserve a job in this industry.

Good luck!

#16 Posted by TehBuLL (646 posts) -

Dude that is awesome! Welcome to Chicago!

#17 Posted by Superkenon (1552 posts) -

Congratulations, duder!

Pretty soon it's going to be hard to tell where Giant Bomb ends and Iron Galaxy begins.

#18 Posted by Fattony12000 (7918 posts) -

Windjammers 2.

#19 Posted by Baconbot (117 posts) -

Congrats! Good Luck!

#20 Posted by BigJeffrey (4978 posts) -

Congrats, what is the next killer instinct character?

#21 Posted by TurboMan (8169 posts) -

congrats. Tell me about Windjammers HD Remix.

#22 Posted by csl316 (10626 posts) -

God help you.

(big congrats, enjoy living here)

#23 Posted by churrific (490 posts) -

Congrats! I hope you'll randomly walk onto the set on one of the professional shows, make it a little more unprofessional.

#24 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (1979 posts) -

Oh shit, congrats, man! I can't begin to imagine how exciting that must feel. Good luck with your new job, and welcome to Chicago, duder!

#26 Posted by RE_Player1 (7943 posts) -

Congrats dude. Finally Iron Galaxy hires some talent.

#27 Edited by DarthOrange (4091 posts) -

Which Divekick characters are going to come to Killer Instinct?

#28 Posted by AMyggen (4451 posts) -

Congrats duder!

#29 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (1917 posts) -

Nice ... congrats duder, and I hope everything turns out the way you want it to :)

#30 Posted by BigSocrates (491 posts) -

Sounds like someone has doomed himself to a life in the Lang zone.

#31 Posted by TheHT (12271 posts) -

I'd congratulate you but...

Sounds like someone has doomed himself to a life in the Lang zone.

(seriously, congrats!)

#32 Posted by Schlorgan (310 posts) -

Can we get Johnny Gat in Killer Instinct? I'd buy an Xbox One for that.

#33 Posted by Seppli (11233 posts) -

Congrats! Have fun.

#34 Posted by jking47 (1266 posts) -

Wow, congratulations!

#35 Edited by audioBusting (1725 posts) -

Congratulations! Good luck coordinating whatever nightmares go on in that Chicago office. (Just kidding, but good luck with the job for real!)

#36 Posted by Manhattan_Project (2214 posts) -

BOO!!!! GET OUT YOU DAMN SHILL!!!

Sorry just practicing for the inevitable visit to GB.

Congrats and good luck.

#37 Edited by Lanechanger (651 posts) -

Congrats!!

#38 Posted by freakin9 (1183 posts) -

Dave Lang will destroy you.

It's just what he does.

Sorry.

#39 Posted by Humanity (11392 posts) -

Man it's just too bad you gotta live in Chicago, seriously what a trash heap.. but otherwise great job.

#40 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (4594 posts) -

Congratulations!

#41 Posted by core1065 (582 posts) -

CONGRATS!

#42 Posted by Wikitoups (996 posts) -

I have a big grin on my face when reading this congratulations!!!

#43 Posted by dudeglove (9120 posts) -

I... don't know how I'd feel about working for Dave Lang.

#44 Posted by HypnoToadBrwowrowrow (1371 posts) -

Man, you've got some real balls tagging Lang in that picture right before your interview! Good thing it worked out though! Shit, it probably helped

#45 Posted by Coafi (1519 posts) -

Dave Lang is right, resumes are stupid. Congrats on the gig.

#46 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Holy shit duder ... thats fucking awesome :D just lets us know how dark and macabre is the Lang zone when you get there!!!!!

#47 Posted by SpaceRunaway (888 posts) -

That's awesome, congratulations! Does this mean you're a part of Giant Bomb Chicago now?

#48 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12643 posts) -

Another former Giant Bomb intern (of like 2 days?) climbing their way up to the top. Well done Steve.

#49 Posted by crithon (3518 posts) -

hehe, working in the system. Nice, you know.... I know this might be personal, but I was wondering why Iron Galaxy was listed in the Arkham Origins credits? How deep is this studio into everything?

#50 Posted by Olqavtoras (257 posts) -

Congrats and good luck duder!