After five amazing years with Harmonix, February 19th, 2020 was my last day working there.
Throughout my time there, I accomplished so much. I worked hard moving from an intern in the Publishing department to being a Product Manager for Amplitude, Rock Band 4, Rock Band VR, and Harmonix Music VR, and most recently being a Community Manager working on almost every single project the studio had.
I still remember my first day with Harmonix. It was April 2nd, 2015. I was originally asked to start on April 1st, but I replied back to the email saying that I cannot do that, since I thought it was a joke. I remember my phone screening where I panicked when asked if I had any questions and blurted out “so uhh, ya know, when’s quittin time?”
In 2015, I was young, quite foolish, and never afraid to take risks, sometimes failing. To be honest, I still am.
Leaving Harmonix was a hard decision. Over my five years at the company, I grew both professionally and personally. Here’s just a few fun milestones:
- I took my first flight, ever, for a work trip to VidCon. I felt shy and nervous that entire trip, but as someone who enjoys YouTube a lot, that sure was a fun time. I even had a day off during that trip and spent it at Disney Land (another bucket list item).
- I turned 21 at Harmonix, celebrating by having my first legal alcoholic drink with two co-workers who I now consider two of my best friends.
- I signed my first lease and rented two apartments. This is lame and boring, but hey, look, adult things!
- I shipped my first games on consoles. Doing so was a dream of mine for the longest time. Can’t believe they were Rock Band 4 and Amplitude and I played key roles in both these games.
- Dropped out of college. Ooops? Looking back, I still think it was for the better.
I’m forever fortunate and grateful for the opportunities I was offered by Harmonix to learn, grow, be myself, and give back. Harmonix was way more than a job. It was a family of amazingly talented and caring people, many of which became true friends that I will forever remain in contact with. The memories created from working at Harmonix are invaluable to me.
Alas, this February I did make the difficult decision to move on. Remember when I said I was young, foolish, and never afraid to take risks? This is one of those risks.
I’m ready to shape and figure out my next big professional challenge in life.
So, uhh, what is next, Nick?
In the long run, I don’t truly know, and that’s both frightening and exciting.
My plan is to take a couple of months off of full time work (something I am very thankful to be in the position to be able to do so), relax with my family (something that as I’m writing this is a challenge thanks to the pandemic), stay connected with my friends, and assess what that new challenge is.
All of this doesn’t mean I won’t be working though.
I have already taken a part-time gig with my friends at Petricore, Inc. as their Manager of Publishing and Business Development. I’ve been watching Petricore from the sidelines for many years and am looking forward to what we’re hoping to accomplish with our current and future projects.
If you haven’t yet, I truly recommend you check out Mind The Arrow. It’s a mobile game that came out years ago, and it is a ton of fun (and very addicting!)
I am also looking to flesh out my time with more part-time work and eventually either find my next full-time gig, wherever that ends up being. If you’re reading this and think you might need some product marketing help, hit me up!
I’ve always loved the idea of having the power to carve my own path in life, and right now I’ve given myself all the reasons and resources to do so. I can’t wait to see what the next five years become.
Outside of work, I have many ideas of projects I want to start that will allow me to explore new skills and discover new hobbies. One of them is my new podcast with a good friend of mine, Cian Rice. You should totally give it a listen and let me know what you think!
As for other projects, I’m looking forward to kicking a few more off soon, so stay tuned to my blog or Twitter account for more on all that.
Before I go, I want to thank everyone who’s been around and supported me over the last five plus years. It’s been a wild ride and I can’t wait to see where it all goes next.
Until next time,