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Rising Stars: Meet Willden Doherty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Willden Doherty.

Hi Willden, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I have spend most of my life in Maryland. I went to college for Information Systems. During that time, I joined a film society and hosted my own radio show. Those experiences are what I remember most about college. By doing these things, I lost interest in my major and started thinking about a different career path. Out of college, I worked as an electrician for a few years.

Then decided to move to LA in Winter 2016. I wanted a change in lifestyle and to be located out of Maryland before 30. When I moved here, streaming personalities became a big thing. After watching streams for a while, I decided to do it myself. I got a part-time job at a wax attraction while doing Brand Ambassador work on the side. I enjoy the con experience so I worked as many as I could. Mostly gaming or pop culture events like E3. I have also attended a few as well such as Twitchcon. I realized that I am best at being myself, so I am on the path of a career as a personality/host. I recently lost my part-time job and BA opportunities because of COVID. Looking for a new opportunity to work more in the field of gaming/film media. In the meantime, I am streaming as much as I can on twitch and co-host the “Geeks about Gaming” podcast.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s always been a bit of a struggle for me since I moved to LA. I like living here a lot more than in Maryland. It’s been hard for me to make connections in the industry. I am not creating the collaborate content that I want to. I know I’m at my best when creating content with other personalities. Even though I have made some friends online through streaming, I haven’t made many in real life. I don’t go out much to save money. It becomes difficult to meet new people in the area for me. I have been single most of my life and am ready to find someone. I have accumulated some debt that has been taking a while to pay off. Currently trying to find a new job right now has been tough. I hope to get more stable and further along in my career soon. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a unique personality of sorts in terms of brand name and how I act. I believe that I am good at hosting whether it be on camera or on a podcast. I have the goal of wanting to work on multiple projects at once. I am not getting any younger so I’m ready to fully jump in. Unfortunately, I lost the opportunity to intern to get my foot in the door that way. I have focus more on making connections. G4 is a prime example of a job that I really want. I never thought that opportunity would ever happen again. Now that it’s here, I want to get myself involved as much as possible. I am looking for any opportunity to host or be a guest on more podcasts. Same goes for online gaming/film media content. I have been co-hosting the “Geeks about Gaming” podcast talking about gaming news. I am hoping that gives me more opportunities within the next couple of years.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Electric Playground is a gaming media company that I watch to motivate me. Victor Lucas is someone I look up to as inspiration to be a host. He represents a philosophy to the industry that has gone away. Mostly due to streamer/influencer culture. That philosophy is what I want to bring back to the industry. I mostly watch the YouTube content and there are some great audio interviews as well.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EpnTv

Kinda Funny is another company that I watch. They do great podcasts on games each and every weekday. They bring a good positivity to the gaming/pop culture community. I listen to their film review podcasts as well. I mostly watch their content on YouTube. If any event livestream is happening, I go to their channel to watch it.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KindaFunnyGames

Film threat is a great place I look for inspiration as well. The founder Chris Gore used to be a part of the G4 family. He created this magazine years ago and was able to bring it back after it went away for a while. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and he is a cool guy. They support indie filmmakers by writing articles about interviews and reviews. They have been recently doing more watch parties as well. I don’t watch their content as often, but I appreciate everything they do for the film community. Website: https://filmthreat.com/

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