... and I'm still here.
No joke I'm struggling to find words to describe what I'm feeling. I might have officially joined ten years ago but I've been in the deep with Rooster Teeth ever since they started. This is going to be a long one folks so grab a coffee and get comfortable.
I remember the first time I stumbled upon Red vs Blue. I was this chunky, pimpled filled nerdy teen who couldn't talk to girls, feared authority and was beyond socially awkward. My friends and I all had the same computer class and one of them was on Heavy.com. I as for as I knew at the time it was just a website that hosted a bunch of content from around the web. Although I'm sure they were more of a ebaum's world, just stealing things and never giving the proper credit when it was due.
Fast forward a few years (2008) and I've graduated from high school (2007) and I am working at the hospital as a Linen/Patient porter. It pays really well but something was missing, I felt like I wasn't going anywhere and the I didn't see this as my final destination in life. Now I've never had the best memory but it was roughly in the summer of 2008 when I started working with a new friend named Paul.
He had this goal to start a news site that covered many different facets of pop culture. I signed on because I thought why the hell not I got nothing better to do. I remember hearing reading a journal of either Burnie or Matt talking about the community and these events the members host. The one that really caught my was RVBTO for a few reasons. #1 I only lived 4 hours away from the event. #2 The site members that hosted this were constantly interacting with other site members. #3 They had garnered such attention on the site that actual RT staff members would attend the 2-3 day gathering and hang out with the fans there.
Gathering all the confidence I could muster I contacted both the head even organizers and the RT staff that was going to attend and see if we could set up some interviews for HBHT (Halfway Between Here and There. The news site I helped grow). Much to my amazement both RVBTO and RT crew said yes.
Now this....this is where all the shit I talked about comes into play. I was beyond nervous and was sweating buckets. I was always a goof with my friends and in the final year of Highschool I just let it all out. I became the base blocks of who I am now. Only thing was that was MY pond. Those were MY people. I was about to stand in front of a camera talk to A) total strangers (RVBTO) and B) be talking to three members of what I would said and still say are the most influential people in my life. So the situation got real for me, fast.
I can safely say that if it wasn't for @Brittewater and her fiance at the time Ryan (wonder what's going on with those two. I know they had a kid together) that I never would have been able to stand in front of Burnie, Matt and Joeland start talking to them for the camera.
It was that day that a few things start burning inside of me. I realised that no matter what happens in life my goal, my desire, my bucket list item would be to work for Rooster Teeth. I wanted to start something that would entertain a mass audience and knowing that it would be done with online content. Finally that there was no better place to be than with a community.......no friends/family, a group of individuals that would support your creative ideas, just want to sit down and shoot the shit or give free advice and tips on how to attain your goals. After coming back from that event I quickly immersed myself into the everything Rooster Teeth.
I might have gone quiet during those ten years on the site but I was always more than happy to come back and even more so to connect with old/new friends. It's this place that helped me conceive some of most bonkers ideas for shorts. This website destroyed any kind of social anxiety I had about speaking in public or strangers. Thanks to this home we have, I've made some of the greatest friends I could have ever asked for. @pak78 @baggins316 @malduck All people I talk to even outside of this website. Hell with all three they've helped me try things Creatively online, Pak helped me create I believe what was the first episode of a podcast, Baggins and Mal helped create Select Start Network. That's still standing and we're releasing content to this day!
I have met up with some of the most passionate people here @Dopp @Fireball @john. We used to have the longest chats on Barbara's Tinychat nights. I helped Kickstart John's short film because I knew what that dude could accomplish and thanks to meeting up with him at my second RTX outing planted the seeds in my to what I needed to do.
I am in college right now at the age of 29 (soon to be 30) in a program for Television and Film productions (and Broadcasting) because of these people, because of you, because of Rooster Teeth. This home has given me so much in my life even more than what has been written. I just feel like it's time I give back. I started with finally getting my fat ass into school to actually get the proper experience and knowledge to be hired at this company because that goal in life has not drifted or waivered in the slightest. These last few months here in college has just stoked the fires even more.
I've said it before and it will be said again. This place has given me the greatest home a fat kid from Northern Canada could ask for the last 10 years. I am going to return the favour, get hired and let everyone know that you can achieve what you strive for. 10 years of friends, love and family. I am ready to give back 100 more.
Love you guys.