Published Nov 29, 2018
This Film Grad Reinvented Himself on the Fly. Now He Works in Esports
Kevin Aguirre on why you should always say yes to a job, even if you have to learn as you go.
Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ’til you make it. Just ask Film grad Kevin Aguirre. After working a one-time video archiving gig for Major League Gaming, he got an offer to fly out to Los Angeles and mix sound for one of MLG’s live events.
“I said yes,” recalls Kevin. “But I didn’t have much experience with sound mixing. I asked what console they were going to be using and it was a Yamaha DM1000. I spent the next two weeks researching. I guess I did okay because since then, I’ve been working with MLG once a month.”
In the two years since he first got the opportunity to work with MLG, Kevin has held many positions as a contractor for the company. From running sound and designing LED configurations for live events to managing ads during broadcasts, Kevin has made a career out of saying yes first and figuring it out as he goes.
“I try to work hard in everything I do, which is why I’ve done so many random things for MLG. Whenever someone asks me if I’m capable of doing something I say yes because we live in an age with a ton of resources — whether it’s YouTube or a simple Google search. School gave me a great foundation, and I’ve tried to follow up on that by putting in the additional work to expand my skills,” he says.
In addition to his work for MLG, Kevin works as a freelancer for several other companies, including Activision Blizzard. There, he serves as a streaming support engineer, making sure the company’s livestreams run without issue and offer viewers the best experience. He also works for Phoenix 4 Productions, a media company where he handles all post-production operations. It’s a ton of work, but at this point in his career, he wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“I sacrifice a lot of sleep,” he says, laughing. “But these jobs have been able to help me survive. And it worked out because the MLG stuff usually requires me to fly out somewhere five days a month, and the Activision Blizzard stuff is remote. So I can plan one schedule around the other, and then fill in the gaps with Phoenix 4.”
Despite his hectic workload, Kevin doesn’t see himself slowing down anytime soon, especially since the esports industry is expanding more every day. He says the things he learned at Full Sail prepared him for a fast-paced career, and that’s exactly what he got.
“I’ve been able to make it work. I have a lot of jobs, but I don’t feel buried in work,” he says. “Ultimately, one of the best things I got out of Full Sail was the confidence to keep moving forward.”