Contact me if you're interested in one of the following talks.
GAME MUSIC HACKS
Do you want to make music at game jams or support your team during rapid prototyping phases? There are easy formulas for pulling a catchy song out of nowhere and some ridiculously easy, cheap tricks for buffing up music into something better on the spot. This lecture/workshop is loaded with tips/tricks/suggestions for anyone who wants to be able to make music quickly. We'll do a deep dive into music-writing techniques and strategies, including tips for specific VSTs and plug-ins. Say yes to absolutely every team that asks for tunes and prepare for lots of fun. These are my game music hacks.
EVERYONE vs. THEMSELVES
Everyone has experienced Impostor Syndrome and yet somehow we are under the delusion that we are each exclusively unqualified and out of place. "Everyone vs, Themselves," titled after a comment a AAA game developer made to me about Impostor Syndrome in the game industry, is about the truth behind my fake-it-till-you-make-it entrance into the video game industry, climbing until I managed to stabilize myself as a freelancer, and how to combat the worst enemy to the development of our careers: ourselves.
I gamify growth for myself and together with other people. Adults learn through play as well as children, but school breaks this habit for most of us. When I find myself facing real-world challenges, from dark struggles with the self to goals I want to pursue to social interactions to my romantic entanglements, I look for ways to gamify the situation. This makes tackling problems not only more concrete (and, thus, seemingly possible), but even fun.
It's time for a discussion on queer vs. heternormative narrative and subtle and not-so-subtle ways they affect creative projects and process. People ask me if being queer has affected my music, but I don't know what it's like to not be queer. I didn't come out as non-binary until I was 23, but looking back I can see that being queer has always manifested itself in everything I do (and yes, the signs were clearly there even in music I made when I was much younger.)
WHAT IS GENDERQUEER?
A 101 on concepts of non-binary genders and other non-cis and queer identities, this talk is meant for any audience who may be unfamiliar with these topics. It's especially geared towards youth, educators, and workplaces. (A "201" version of this talk for audiences who are already familiar with these concepts is also easily arranged.)