1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
This past week has been one of sharing wisdom for me. First, I have been career mentoring a friend through Skype sessions and email discussions. I feel both of us benefit from these conversations as we discuss current experiences, furthering education, career goals and balancing all that with church, family and hobbies. Second, was some extended time on the road this weekend teaching my twin teenage daughters the art and science of driving. These sessions have been lessons in patience and knowledge for all three of us. As I think about these opportunities I was blessed to be a mentor, I reflect on mentors I have had in my life. How did they impact me? What did I learn from them? How did they impart the wisdom to me?
My life as a freelancer has also been blessed with some wonderful mentors. I am especially thankful to these three people for helping launch my career as a freelancer.
- Angus Abranson (Chronicle City) – As I mentioned in a previous post, Angus gave me my start in the game industry. When I was curious about the industry, he listened to my questions and responded with great honesty and transparency. He encouraged me to write more and volunteer with publishers at conventions. Over time, as our friendship and trust grew, he challenged me to be more involved in the game industry by offering me a position with Chronicle City as a volunteer staff member. While working with Chronicle City, Angus continued to mentor me regarding the business side of the game industry, introducing me to some wonderful people. Angus continues to be a friend and encourager as I work as a freelancer.
- Gobion Rowlands (Author – Gunnar Roxen) – I was blessed to work alongside Gobion at Chronicle City for a while. As a freelance author, Gobion mentored me in the business side of being a freelancer. As I transitioned from a volunteer role to freelancer, Gobion helped me develop my invoicing, tax records, and business communications. We continue to challenge each other in our creative and freelance endeavors, with hopes of working together on a project in the future.
- Lynne Hardy (Modiphius) – Lynne has been a co-worker, friend, mentor and boss. We first met working alongside each other at Gen Con 2013 which quickly led to a friendship. My family and I really enjoy spending time with Lynne and her husband, Richard. Lynne (working with Chris Birch) gave me my first paid freelance work on the Achtung! Cthulhu line. Lynne was patient but firm as she taught me the proper procedures and standards for freelance proofreading and editing with Modiphius. She continues to give me feedback on each project so I can grow in my understanding and skills.
Who have been mentors to you in your freelance career? What is one of the best things they have taught you? Have you mentored anyone in the game industry?