Welcome to Pandamoon.
About ten years ago, I made the decision to join the video game industry. Fast forward roughly nine years and six months and you’ll find a burnt out, tired, and forlorn version of me.
Fast forward again, this time to a month and a half ago. I left the game industry. I sit at a desk still. However, there’s a difference in my face–my attitude–my zest for life. I had been directing book covers for the last two years for Pandamoon Publishing, but I never really took an active role in the company beyond that. Fourteen some odd book covers later, I was approached by Zara and I asked to join the team in a more permanent way. Based on my background, she offered me the position of Marketing Communications Manager. After discussing what that meant, and negotiating with both she and Allan, I came to the conclusion that it was a new journey and one I needed to go on.
I took a leap of faith. I jumped. Eyes closed–arms spread. I dove in, head first into everything with all I have.
Fast forward to today.
Today, I can’t stop smiling. I can’t stop wanting to proclaim my joy to the world. I can’t stop thinking how happy I’ve become. I have gained purpose in life, far beyond anything I ever had before within the game industry–within anything I’ve ever done with my life. Every day, sometimes hourly I am communicating with my Pandas–that’s right, they’re MY pandas. Here at Pandamoon, that’s the term we use when we refer to our family–a group of pandas who look after each other and do anything it takes to see one another shine as bright as they possibly can. I have had leadership roles before, and done a great deal with my life–but never in my life did I expect to inherit a family of like-minded individuals, and be given the opportunity to help make their dreams come true.
Each and every single panda within this organization is special and unique, with goals and aspirations all their own. As I’ve gotten to know each of them, in my head I think “what will it take to make them shine brighter than they ever have?” I went from wondering what I was going to do with my life–after coming to the decision that my future isn’t in games after all to finding a position that made my very own dreams come true. I’ve spent my whole life wanting to change the world and make it a better place, but I am also realistic and realize I don’t have the kind of money that someone like Bill Gates does…yet. Until I get that kind of ability, I have something even more special. Every day I see the pandas’ dreams come true, as their book covers come to life–as they connect with other authors and readers and come closer and closer to sharing their dreams (books) with the rest of the world.
And even though I’ve left the game industry, a panda named Jeff Messick wants to reel me back in! And by reel me back in, he wants to see if we can’t also develop card games and various other things via Pandamoon. Well, Jeff, you bet your rump we can–and will.
I graduate soon, with my 3D animation degree–something I very likely will not ever get a job doing. But, if what I believe to be true, it–and the various other degrees I have pursued will serve me well with Pandamoon as I continue forward in our creative efforts to grow this company and make more dreams come true.
So I ask you, do you have a dream (book)? Do you want to share that dream with the rest of the world? Then contact me @pandamooniac on Twitter, and let’s get started making your dreams a reality.
P.s. To all of my pandas who I have come to adore so much, thank you for letting me into your lives. You have changed mine for the better.