I guess I should start from the beginning, where it all began... I grew up in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to London when I was 17 years old. At that time, I was training to be in the army, but decided London was a better option (long story, usually discussed over a pint). From the age of 7, I became a massive gamer. My first game being Tomb Raider and then moving on to GTA, when birds-eye view was just awesome. A few years later, one freezing cold Christmas in Scotland, I begged my rents to buy me a computer. That was back when you had MSN, chat rooms and Habbo Hotel and needless to say I spent countless hours on Habbo, buying 'furni' with my 'creds' and thinking I was super cool (I wasn't haha). I do remember setting up my own Habbo fan page with one of my friends, complete with a radio station. Proud moment. I got in to online games massively at that point and spent hours and hours on them. I sound like I had no life. Don't get me wrong, I still went out. I spent way too much time up Glasgow Green with friends sipping on a bottle of Vodka of course! I'm not even joking. Those were the days!
Let's not get in to that story either! So I've been living in London now for 10 years. It was always my dream to work in the games industry, but I had no clue where to start. I decided I'd work before going back in to education, to gain experience in general. I've had many different jobs during my time in London. All of which have been plain crazy, weird and nothing I ever thought I'd be able to do, but I like a challenge! So let's rewind to about 4 years ago, the day I was at my graduation accepting my certificate to become a Prison Officer for HMPS. I know, right? WTF moment. I should probably point out at this point that I'm only 5 foot tall and fairly petite, but for some strange reason they picked me to protect the public. Another proud moment. It was during those 4 years I learnt a lot about myself, however. The job itself made me strong and even more ambitious than I was, making me want to be a games programmer even more. Not to mention, I learnt self-defence, which is always a bonus!
I believe that if you have to spend most of your life working, then you should work on something you're passionate about. Something you know is going to keep you happy and something that doesn't even feel like work. I guess this is the reason why I had so many varied jobs until now! I was always looking for my next challenge. Thankfully now, I'm finally pursuing my passion and will always be happy with it. Awesome.
Aside from the gaming, I am a huge fan of travelling. I guess growing up in a tiny little village in Scotland does that to you! I have already travelled to many places, from Mexico to Belgium and everywhere in between. It is my goal to see the 7 Wonders of the World (old and new) and travel all around Europe. I also love dogs (there is more dogs than people in my family, seriously), music, the gym (when I can be bothered), learning crazy new things (currently guitar playing and poll dancing), meeting new people, going to gigs, exploring, beer, baths, running, tattoos (I have a lot and want more), watching films, eating pizza... I think I like too many things to list them all! I dislike squid, just to even it out a bit.
My motto (and tattoo) in life is "Be the change you want to see in the world". I think I'll end it there hehe.