Hey Hannah! I've been thinking about this for a while now, but do you ever get nasty comments from people saying that your job is not a real job or something? If so, how do you deal with that?
Having worked ‘real jobs’ in the past, this is one of the hardest slogs to do - and I did event planning and conferences, which are both high stress levels and lots of activity in short spaces of time.
What people forget is the sheer amount of hard work you have to put in at a constant pace. It doesn’t stop throughout the year, quiet periods with no games are becoming less and less common - this may be a dream job to some, but it comes with a serious price; stress 24/7. It’s not all - pardon the pun - fun and games. That’s about 10% of the job.
At the end of the day, it’s your entire livelihood in your own hands versus a shared setup that most normal jobs would have - you might get some assistance, but mainly you’re on your own professionally and mentally. You don’t get sick leave, holidays are pretty much non-existent, you don’t get to switch off after 5pm and just drop whatever it was you were doing until the next day - and if you feel like crap there’s very little support structure to fall back onto. You have to be your own presenter, editor, PR, admin, accountant and a variety of other roles - and then you can get grief from people for not doing one of those in the way they think you should be doing it. And obviously, there’s also the accusations of selling out etc when in reality you’re just trying to put food on your table by taking one or two deals for games you would have played anyway.
So when a person tells me my job is easy or it’s not a real job, I laugh very hard. And then I weep in a corner, rocking back and forth, whilst I look at minutes of unedited footage.