Career Crossroads
Career Crossroads
Nov 25, 2020
Will – The Winding Road to Becoming a Youtuber and Twitch Streamer
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#13 - Will Smyth (a.k.a ImperialJedi) didn’t always know he was going to be a Youtuber/Twitch streamer, but he did have ambitions to do something grand or different. Racecar driver? Radio host? He couldn't settle on one thing, so when he had to pick a path out of high school, he decided to attend the University of Guelph. The plan was to work in either law or law enforcement, but an ‘existential crisis’ led to him abandoning that idea. While taking some time off from school, he stumbled upon a YouTube video of someone who had early access to Sim City 2013, the newest version of a game he played when he was younger. Early access? He wanted early access, so he decided to try and make his own YouTube videos with the hope of getting a few free games out of it. After going back to school for Business Administration, a marketing professor heard the passion he had for his YouTube channel and encouraged him to keep growing his online content. Then in 2015 with the release of a new game, Cities: Skylines, Will was hooked.  The day the game was released, he created a tutorial video, uploaded it to YouTube, and by the end of the day, it was by far his most popular video. After funding a stable full-time job that allowed him to rebuild his relationship with his father and continue to work on his content, he built up a catalog of quality Cities videos and began to stream on more consistently. After numerous false starts, he finally made the jump to full-time content creator early in 2020, and now instead of getting video games for free, he's getting paid to play video games. Listen to episode 13 of Career Crossroads to hear Will’s story. 

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