This page serves as a collection of links and credits to notable persons in my Starcraft II journey. With sincere thanks a bucketfuls of kudos to you all, I present to the world:
This wonderful Aussie caster basically set me up in the first place to cast on YouTube! I met him by messaging shortly after I signed up to Twitter and he was all too happy to lend a hand. Not only did he hand-hold me through several hours of getting Sony Vegas to work (don’t even go there…I still have nightmares), but he was infinitely helpful and really got me on-track to be able to do a lot of the casting stuff I do now.
Due to time-zone related luck, I often found myself watching the ESL Korean Weekly tournaments before heading to bed during the week. Orb is quite possibly the summit of where a Starcraft II solo-caster should be – able to keep up with all the action, incredibly skilled and analytical, and always able to instantly offer a balanced view of any game at any instance. In terms of being able to cast by myself I would definitely say I inspire to be as good as Orb. I honestly can’t believe how any show he casts doesn’t have at least triple the viewership because to be honest, he is that good and really brings the game to life at high level.
When I first saw Jake cast, I was inspired and watched diligently – after a while I e-mailed in and asked for advice as well as how he is able to keep up his casting at such a high level. What I wasn’t expecting was a very lengthy reply detailing all aspects of my query and taking the journey into casting in such detailed form that I was touched. I still often refer to this e-mail as the ‘bible’ of becoming better at commentary – he has been a fantastic help in my development as a caster.
Shortly after I started casting to YouTube and the odd online local tournament, I sent a message to Ben to ask his views as to how to move forward, and his succinct reply is the advice I would also pass on to any aspiring community caster. In fact, it’s so good that here it is in full:
To get into casting, or doing community work in general, the best thing you can do is be consistent.
Day and Husky didn’t get huge by being the best casters in the world. They are obviously amazing, but the reason people came to love them so much is because they are always creating content.
Also important is knowing the game. Play it and play it well. Nothing annoys me more than a caster who’s just wrong about what he says.
And lastly, network yourself. You want to cast? Go to events. Meet important people. Put yourself out there. I got my first gig for NASL because I approached the NASL people in Dallas and asked them to give me a chance.
Tons of people want to cast, but no one really works at it. There’s opportunity (and need) for quality casters. Just gotta work hard and talk to the right people if you want to open those doors.
I’m pleased to say that I took this down to earth advice to heart and a lot of the motivation behind what I’ve done since I started has come directly from this (and ironically since then, I’ve ended up co-casting part of a LAN event that MrBitter unfortunately couldn’t make!). I look forward to buying this great man a beer the next time we cross paths!
I met StereoDVT through watching Orb’s Korean Weekly events because his twitter account is very carefully hidden away on their excellent overlays – but find him I did! Fernando is a great guy and a huge contributor to eSports – to quote his motto “I make eSports look good” and that’s an understatement. When I approached him, he offered to help me make overlays for my stream and worked with me to find a style I really liked – and never asked for anything in return, because of his love of the game.
He is an incredibly talented graphics designer and a lot of you may even already own his artwork because many of the designs on The Handsome Nerd are actually his! He also owns a T-Shirt store of his own called Overnerd Apparel which produces some beautiful, subtle and artistically brilliant eSports clothing designs. I’m proud to say I own some of his work and I hope that you guys will be able to support this giant behind-the-scenes eSports dude as well.