What is the weirdest job you’ve ever held?
During my senior year of high school I worked in the freezer of a HoneyBaked Ham store on my winter break. I had to wear a HoneyBaked Ham parka and gloves, and move hams from the back of the freezer (where the kitchen was) to the front of the freezer (on display) for hours. Eventually I was promoted to answering phones. “Thank you for calling HoneyBaked, Home of the World’s Best Ham!”
What is your favorite all-time game?
My all-time favorite game would have to be the Pokemon franchise. I was the right age at the right time and Pokemon was everywhere. I watched the show, I collected the trading cards, I read the comic books, I played all the games–I was obsessed! I remember being so entranced by Pokemon Blue that I would hide under the covers of my bed with a flashlight and stay up way past my bed time just to keep playing it. Even though now the stories are predictable and the game has not changed very much over the years, I will still play every new Pokemon game when they come out.
What games are you playing right now?
Right now I am playing EarthBound on the Wii U. I have never played it before, but I find the story and the music to be quite charming. I also play Two Dots on my phone all the time.
What motivated you to begin working in the game industry?
I have always been a fan of video games throughout my life (I have had a Game Boy since its inception), but I did not originally see myself working in games. I originally went to school for Architecture, and somehow along the way found myself in the School of Music studying music composition. I went through school convinced that I wanted to write music for movies. However in my senior year of college, I was working on a research project about the function of music in modern media and began researching video games. I acquired Jesse Schell’s book, The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, for research, and after reading the introduction I remember thinking, “This is exactly what I want to be doing.” After this occurred, one of my professors showed the Last Lecture in class and before I knew it, I was at Carnegie Mellon studying at the ETC and making games.
What inspires you?
I am very inspired by nature, specifically all the colors and patterns I see in nature. I also really like the juxtaposition of natural, organic shapes with man-made structures. I’m not sure if that shows in my work specifically, but it definitely inspires me. I am also very inspired by all the great Jazz musicians
What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement right now is being hired by Schell Games to be a professional sound designer. I thought I would be a starving artist for much longer!
What piques your curiosity?
I am very curious about the religions, belief systems, and spiritual practices of the world. I am intrigued by why we as humans believe what we believe and what motivates us to act the way we do.
What is your hidden talent?
I know how to knit!
What is the best thing about working at Schell Games?
The people and the culture are the best things about working at Schell. Even when I started as an intern, everyone was so welcoming and friendly to me. I really felt like I was a part of a team.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I think people would be surprised to know that I used to be in a bowling league. I have my own bowling ball and shoes, and my best game is 225.
How long have you worked at Schell Games?
I started as an intern seven months ago in January 2015.