One month into my project

There are many interesting stories about work out there! I didn’t quite predict that I would get to enjoy networking as much as I have after such a short while. I have been introduced to many new people with fascinating stories. All this has made me excitedly plan how to expand and develop my blog!

As I get along I will keep work and travel as my main themes. I want to explore into studying and voluntary work as I see them stretching out within these themes. Stories about living and working abroad and getting to know a new culture is also something I am interested in exploring via interviews! Networking is a massive part of making all this happen and I try to contact a wide variety of people around the world. Everybody has the right to pass the proposal for an interview, of course. I hope people I ask will find it flattering, and participating as contributing to an interesting cause, more than anything else. Never will there be anything published that you do not want to be published. Often everyday for you is extremely interesting for others! It can be odd as it is so familiar for you.

This blog has become much more meaningful for me that I expected. I hope getting feedback and sharing ideas with you is the next step. Also if there is somethings you have enjoyed, why now let me know via a like, a comment if not even a follow. As much as this is for myself it is also for all you out there.

Let’s get inspired!

Travel: Clifton Mill, OH, USA

There is no denying that the USA is a very diverse and interesting country. There is so much to see and do. Some years ago I got to explore Ohio in different seasons, and each time I found Clifton Mill very interesting. The nature is quite different from Finland and I felt like I was in a fairy tale. Wondering to Clifton Gorge for a walk really was worth all the clichés about letting your mind and body rest and reset.

Clifton Mill

Interviewing Wayne

While backpacking and living in hostels it is easy to make friends. For me that was one of the things I liked most next to seeing new interesting places. I’ve been lucky to maintain many of those friendships. Here is an interview with Wayne. I met him at a hostel in Melbourne, Australia. One of the first things I learned about him was that he loved to play and watch football! His job gives more evidence to that.

What is your job title? 

Football mascot

Where do you work? 

England, Peterborough, Peterborough United Football Club.

How did you get in to the line of work?

Pot luck. I used to work as a lotto ticket seller with my dad at POSH (that’s the nickname for Peterborough United) and I got asked to be the mascot, PETER BURROW, as they where looking for someone, and I guess they knew I was crazy enough!

Did you feel lucky landing your job? 

At the time yes, and now a billion per cent yes, as I get to be part of the football team I follow from the age of 6 with my dad. Plus getting to be mascot at Old Traford (Manchester united), and Wembley in front of 40000 fans I’ve also got a chance to be on TV, but the best part is doing hospital visits for the kids at Christmas.

What qualifications are needed?

Craziness!!

Are you striven by the work you do or your paycheck?

Definitely the work.

Does your work match your expectations?

You never really know what to expect. If the team does well you could end up running out in front 80000 one day, or be off to Germany for TV work or open shops, birthday parties etc.

Describe a basic day at work. Does it vary day by day? 

Saturday game I get to POSH at 12pm, check if there are any changes I need know about. At 12.30 I start to get my costume on and go outside to the ground until 13.50, mainly posing for photos and messy about with home and away fans who I like to wine up a lot. From 13.50 to 14.00 I chill and get a much needed drink but not too much as there is nothing worse than needing a wee in costume! From 14.00 to 14.45 I meet the fans in the ground, photos, signing things, making smiles. 14.45 I’m on the pitch setting away fans with my giant carrot. Some of the songs they sing about me are not very nice but it makes me laugh. The teams come out at 14.55 and the match kicks off at 15.00 and finish at 16.45. Then it’s time to take a very wet costume off…

What is the most exciting thing about your work and why?

There’s so much but just being part of the football club.

What do you get asked about your job by friends and family?

Mainly I can’t believe you got away with doing that. My mum used listen on the radio and she used to tell me they always laugh at the stuff I do. When I’m out shopping or partying people always want a photo which Kelly, my fiancée, finds funny.

What is the best part of your job?

All of it but I would say making smiles.

Do you have bad days or moments? Why?

Never nice when your team gets beat. Some days kids just want to kick and punch me and pull my tale.

Do you have any advice for people considering your line of work?

Yes! If you don’t like being hot and sweaty don’t do it!

Thanks Wayne! 

Peter Burrow

Photo from Peter Burrows Facebook profile

Travel: Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

We crossed over from Liverpool to Belfast on a ferry over night, and continued by car from Belfast to Giant’s Causeway. The rock formations are quite something! There are so many of the polygonal columns that the spectacular views around them just add to the speechlessness of it all. The columns are a result of a volcanic eruption and is named UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a fun movie reference, How To Train Your Dragon show the columns in a very realistic way, even though it is an animated movie. Have to say we didn’t spot any dragons on our visit there.. Only a lot smaller flying insects.

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Interviewing Matias

Traveling became a big part of my life due to my parents and especially my dad. His job took him all around the world and he has experienced the most amazing things and places. Through his job our family has many friends who live or have lived abroad. I met Canadian Finnish Matias in the USA for the first time. He now lives and works in Finland.

What is your job title?

3D Artist

Where do you work?

Tampere, Finland, Kyy Games.

How did you get into the line of work?

I have always had a passion for art. It has evolved with technology, and I came to realize that being a part of making games is what I want to do.

Did you feel lucky landing your job?

I was fortune to have friends and family in Finland, and being fluent in the language helped me get the job I have today.

What qualifications are needed?

A background in traditional and digital art. I went to school for 3D Animation initially but since then my focus has changed to incorporate all types of art for games.

Are you striven by the work you do or your paycheck?

I love what I do and there’s nothing like getting paid for doing your hobby. Paycheck does matter as well, there’s nothing like being financially secure to be able to focus all your efforts on being creative at work.

Does your work match your expectations?

Yes, although I did not realize how relaxed the environment is at work.

Describe a basic day at work. Does it vary day by day?

Depends really on where you’re at in the production pipeline, roughly you start out creating 2D concepts and researching/referencing material for the project in pre-production and then later on you move to creating 3D assets for the game in a 3D program.

What is the most exciting thing about your work and why?

Having the freedom to be creative and bouncing ideas and thoughts off your co-workers makes it a very stimulating experience, to see the end product that everyone had a part of is the best.

What do you get asked about your job by friends and family?

What do you do at work.

What is the best part of your job?

Having the responsibility of creating the best possible art for the game we are creating.

Do you have bad days or moments? Why?

No not really, sometimes deadlines add stress but it is the good kind, keeps you moving forward, it just depends on your mentality really. Stay positive all the way.

Do you have any advice for people considering your line of work?

Don’t steal my job, kidding, focus on all forms of art and work on your skills constantly, stay positive and have a goal in mind and go for it.

Thank you Matias!

Matias is also working on his own game! You can check it out at Mummy Martyr.

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Travel: Mongolia

One of the best experiences I have had travel-wise was the Trans-Siperia train. Being on the train was an adventure on its own. Looking out the window and talking with people on the train kept my interest and felt no need to even take out my book to pass the time. This picture is taken out of the train window when we were passing Mongolian country side towards China and Bejing.

Mongolia train