What is the weirdest job you’ve ever held?
I used to play the piano at functions when I was in high school. I did a wedding once with my sister (on flute). This wedding was a cultural anomaly. The groom’s side looked like the cast of The Godfather, the bride’s side (and the bride) were full-on goths, and the aisle was flanked by fully-costumed French musketeers, all holding their swords overhead. They asked us to play Clair de Lune and nothing else.
What is your favorite all-time game?
Gotta go with Super Smash Bros for the N64. My sister and I used to play team stock against 2 level 9 Captain Falcons with 99 lives. We played until we could kill them all without dying once.
What games are you playing right now?
Warlords of Draenor! Full time!
What motivated you to begin working in the game industry?
I love watching other people play games and sharing in their experience. Being in a game studio, I can watch people MAKE games, which is even cooler! I also love the game studio culture. People are honest, creative, hard-working, and true to themselves.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who take an idea to the limit and do incredible feats, like those who make massive model buildings out of toothpicks, or that dude who plays the flute and beat boxes at the same time. Basically, the “Win” section of Failblog.
What is your proudest achievement?
I am most proud of performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2 on stage in high school, backed by the school’s orchestra. That piece is so epic.
What piques your curiosity?
I have always been interested in construction. I played a lot with K’Nex as a kid, and helped my dad with woodworking. I’m fascinated by the process of building something from scratch.
What is your hidden talent?
I’m stupid good at Boggle.
What is the best thing about working at Schell Games?
The casual and friendly atmosphere. The people at Schell Games really make you feel welcome. There are also fun after-hours groups for people with tons of varied interests, like tabletop games, book clubs, crafts, and more.
How long have you worked at Schell Games?
Just over 1 year
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a tradition of wrapping gifts to look like animals, buildings, instruments, etc. Like, little wrapped cardboard statues of things with a present inside! Christmas is a fun time.