Being a nerd is my career. Did I win?
There is a great quote from Simon Pegg that says,
“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”
Years ago, the word nerd or geek was a staple of derogation and harsh judgement. It was meant to be hidden as if it was lower than the devil himself. Remember when Dungeons & Dragons was considered worshiping the devil? Remember when loving Star Wars or Star Trek makes you a man-child if you like it after 13? Remember when anime was basically a sexual fetish? Recently, the words have been reclaimed as something positive, a calling if you will. The words give a sense of empowerment, belonging and community.
Personally I've always been open with my nerdiness, just with less friends. Hell, I went by Maikeru and Felix Lock at one point, because...reasons. It's nice though because it help me find a great set of friends that help me go through some hard times in college and lead to my awesome wife.
What's interesting now, is now I'm been starting this business as a voice actor, I looked for ways to be more presentable, interesting, unique. After weeks of mulling over my goals for the business and registering as an LLC, I realized that I already am unique. With the many experiences I have, I learned that I am black man who goes out of his way to show off his love for anime, gaming,music, cars, exercise, woodworking, and whatever else I find interesting. That, plus my imagination, allows me to be around anyone with no issue and provide a fulfilling experience.
In any pursuit you have in life or any interesting person you meet, be open about what you love. Business is made with friendly compatibility. Be proud to be a nerd. I am.
Thanks for reading!