Today we’d like to introduce you to Trevor Wernisch.
Trevor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ever since high school, I had been interested in some facet of visual design. It started with web design, and evolved into print media and photography; shooting and designing globally pushed magazine ads. From there, as a hobby and soon to be profession it was vehicle entertainment touchscreen and dashboards. Strange jump right? Eventually, I made my way from Florida to California to work in the video game industry. I figured, hey, I already spend a good chunk of my time playing video games, why not start designing them? Most recently I was given the opportunity to work abroad in the United Kingdom, where I still work in the video game industry.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’m very blessed in that my career has been a smooth steady upward trajectory from the onset, I have lost my job twice due to the companies I was working for turning into skeleton crews, but I’ve only seen them as opportunities. The first time was in Florida which prompted my move to California, and the second was more recently any allowed me to move my family from California to the United Kingdom. Luckily, the user interface and experience professional pond is quite small yet highly sought after from lots of tech industries, so any downtime has been minimal.
Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
Luck is an ethereal term. Relying on it is a cop out from not understanding the outcome of a situation. I’ve caught good and bad breaks in my short career, all of which looking back, were clear as day and justifiable. Good breaks come “when preparation meets opportunity” (-Seneca). Bad breaks? Bad breaks are cloaked opportunities for change.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The quality that has both been a benefit and detriment to my success has always been my eagerness to learn and try something new. I’ve switched positions, companies, and careers several times in short periods in an effort to satiate this desire. While it’s gained me a wide breadth of knowledge in many mediums, (allowing me to parlay this knowledge across different projects) sometimes I feel my depth of anything, in particular, may be lacking.
Some companies recognize this as a powerful quality while others question my loyalty and subject depth.
Also, my resume is starting to get a bit long…
Tell us about your favorite and least favorites things about our city.
Los Angeles is Los Angeles. You can be yourself or be someone else, try any food or immerse yourself in a plethora of cultures. Having traveled the world I can assuredly say that LA offers opportunities, in all facets of life, that I’ve yet to see compared to other cities. Yo, that traffic though…
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