RISE aka @wtfrise (Gamer and 3D Visualizer)
For our next spotlight series article, we are pleased to have the opportunity to interview Rise! A gamer and 3D visualizer from the United Kingdom.
Welcome Rise! Could you Please provide a brief introduction of yourself for our readers?
Hey I’m Rise, also known as @wtfrise. I’m a gamer from the United Kingdom, I spent 6 years as an events creative in the gaming industry. While I worked on a lot of games, my fondest memories come from Guitar Hero…. technically (you could say) I had Iron Maiden open for me at Download Festival 2007...but that’s a story for another time.
While that world is behind me now, I’m still very much involved on a personal level and share my experiences through Instagram.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the people around me. The creativity and passion from the communities I am involved in keeps me motivated. You find an energy within the gaming community that is like no other.
What is your favorite 90s Jam?
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the name of.. - Random fact, I was one of the lucky ones who attended the 2009 gig put on when they got the Christmas Number 1.
What is a typical day in your life like?
I’m a slave to the 9-5, I’m currently a 3D Visualizer for an AV/Events company based in London, but I operate globally. In the evenings and weekends I am found on Discord or Twitch helping and supporting the communities I am apart of. This can be simple stuff all the way up to the logistical nightmare that was getting 400 custom plushies made and transported from China for one streamers merch store. I gained a few grey hairs on that occasion! LOL In between this I try to manage my Instagram account and catch up on my Steam backlog.
How has the digital world impacted your life?
The digital world has impacted all areas of my life. Allowing me to fulfill my fantasies and dreams through gaming, work on incredible projects and connect with some amazing people. But life moves fast in the digital world, which can make it a struggle to stay on top of everything. So It’s important to keep a connection to the real world.
What things did you do before you became a gamer?
I started gaming at a very young age, but despite my awful grasp of the English written language I enjoyed creative writing. While I don’t do much of that anymore, I do enjoy writing design documents for mobile games or minecraft plugins.
What are the skills that are most important for a someone in this field?
I don’t know if running an Instagram account requires any specific set of skills. I would say having a basic understanding on how to take photos and edit them will speed up the process. If you are a numbers person, it’s also worth gaining some knowledge on how to understand all the statistics available to you and how to interpret them. But I encourage everyone to give it ago, and tag me so I can see.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
I would be a Cat. They just seem to have life figured out via human slavery.
Outside of work, what are some of the types of hobbies that you like to do?
I do enjoy my movies, action and science fiction specifically. I’m huge Formula 1 fan, nothing beats a lazy Sunday watching a race and consuming a roast dinner.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in this field?
Just go for it! Use others for inspiration but don’t judge yourself against them. Time is key, with time you will gain experience and knowledge to allow you to find your own path. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either.
Do you have any special words of encouragement or warning as a result of your experience?
Numbers, we all love numbers. The information we can gain from them can be insightful and extremely helpful. But they can also be your enemy. Don’t focus on them too much or you run the risk of losing your mind. I still don’t fully understand why some posts get better traction than others. It also seems to be the post I consider minimal effort that gain more attention than the ones I have put serious thought into.
What are the challenges you have personally encountered working in this field?
While I will always praise the community as a whole, it does have some bad apples. Drama and being caught in the middle of the drama can become toxic and unhealthy very quickly. As a race we are very competitive and healthy competition is good. But you will come across people who offer friendship at a cost. Keep your wits about you and if a situation is turning sour, sometimes it’s best to walk away.
Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
Plot twist, enter Superman!
LOL. We would like to Thank Rise for taking part in our Spotlight Series. As his unique approach to visuals has had a massive influence on his audience.