What Happened To Me in 2016

MM Content Creation 2015v1

Sometimes the journey you start takes you to an unintended destination. We all get to decide what we do once we arrive. It has been well established by many that 2016 has been a rough year. I will not belabor that point in this post. My intention here is to celebrate the things worth celebrating that happened to me during this very complicated year.

Tough Endings, New Beginnings, Gratitude

MM Inspired 2015v1

This is what bittersweet tastes like. If you are reading this post, then chances are you read this post over at SPAZBOT STUDIOS. If you have not read that post, then here is the simple version. I am stepping away from my role as Executive Producer and Co-Host of both The Starting Zone and Stormcast. This was an incredibly tough decision for me to make, and I wrestled with it a lot, but in the end it is the right decision.

When I started Spazbot Studios, I had a pretty simple goal. Make Great Content with Great People. I knew if I could just do  that, then the sky was the limit, and we could become a successful new media production company. If we did that, then I  knew two scenarios could potentially unfold. The first was pretty ambitious. The shows become really successful, and Spazbot Studios would turn into my full time job. The Second Scenario, Someone would see my work and ask me to come work with them, but I always knew that for me to say ‘Yes’ to that, it would have to be an incredible opportunity.

Scenario number two happened, and I said ‘Yes’. I took a job with a great company, with a terrific future. It is a great opportunity, where I get to use all the tools and knowledge I have learned producing content for Spazbot Studios, and mix it with my 14+ year career working in the Entertainment Industry.

However, the bittersweet part of taking this job is that I am no longer able to produce content about Video Games, and that is why I am stepping down from Stormcast and The Starting Zone.

That is really hard for me to do, Friends.

The Starting Zone has been a part of my life for over seven years. It was the cornerstone from which I founded and built Spazbot Studios. I learned so much about SO many things producing that show. Because of TSZ, we created Stormcast, which has become the most successful Podcast I have produced to date. Both of these shows proved to be terrific learning opportunities, and without them I would NOT have been able to go to this next great opportunity.

I will miss them. I will miss the rhythm of producing them each week. The writing, the vetting, the editing, the research. I will miss recording them live, and then posting them up. I will miss the feedback from the audience. I will miss chatting with folks about the games on twitter or facebook. I will miss your three page emails about changes to the games. I will miss it all.

I know many of you would like to know where I am going and what I am going to do, and I promise you, I will share with you the next leg of my creative journey, when I get there. I know that some of you will be pretty stoked about it. For now though, my focus will be on the shows ending, and the future of Spazbot Studios.

The Gaming Community is often criticized for a lot of things, but what people rarely do is point out just how AWESOME the Gaming Community is. I know it is Awsome, and I know that it is full of terrific, smart and passionate people. I have been so BLESSED simply because I am a GAMER.

The Future is Bright, My Friends. I promise.

“Never give up because you failed once, know that failure is sometimes out of the way to reach your intended route.” – Anmol Rajpurohit