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'I Quit Being A Lawyer To Become A Streamer Instead'

Three streamers share their thoughts on switching into a career of the future
by Ash Mahinay | Nov 9, 2018
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Brentertainment is a new local entertainment company focused on non-stop streaming content for video gamers. Yup, it's a 24-hour channel available whenever you want it! To fill in the schedule, they wanted some fresh faces to lead their content. But unlike normal independent streaming you can do in your free time, this was a full-time, salaried gig, which meant that these three had to decide between staying in a "real" job or to go into streaming full-time. Quitting is never easy, and these three streamers share their thoughts on what convinced them to chase their passion instead and answer the all-important question: okay ba sweldo?

Isaiah San Miguel aka OBB, streams LOL

OBB was a practicing lawyer for three years and used to edit videos as a hobby. Inspired by his YT idols who also came (and left) from law, he started streaming on his own channel again. "I was definitely surprised when Brentertainment reached out to me, the streaming was just something I did in my free time–which was not a lot. They liked the way I talk, and I’d say it comes from my law background."

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Was it a hard decision to leave your practice?

I’d say it was definitely a hard decision, law is a very stable career path. You’ll always need lawyers and you’ll never run out of jobs–so taking the risk to jump into something I would say is the wild wild west in comparison, it took a lot of thinking.

How does it compare financially?

I made lawyer money, ha ha! Everyone thinks lawyers make a lot–and they do. I make less now but I was prepared for that–as long as I can survive and focus my time on content creation that's good enough for me. I wouldn't say I'm poor, not at all.

How did friends and family react to your decision?

At first, my parents didn't want me to do it but they really couldn't stop me because I lived very independently. I lived solo since college, so even if they said "no, don't do it," they really couldn't do anything. They’re supportive of what I’m doing now but they’re still worried. Parents will be parents.

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Can you just go back to being a lawyer?

I hope so, ha ha! My mindset was lawyers don't have an expiry date. I remember some peers starting law in their mid-30s and that's fine. I'm 28 now–a little bit older for a content creator but really young for a lawyer–I became one at 24 and you’d probably be seen as a seasoned one at around 35.

In law, I was what you would call a “lifer.” I really enjoyed it, I was in litigation and it was very action-packed, very Phoenix Wright. But I guess you could say I found my passion here, I wake up and get that feeling that “let’s make some content.” So the endgame definitely changed for me, I have a window of opportunity and I’m taking it.

Carlos Pineda aka Wanderdrift, streams Dota or Vainglory

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Carlos used to work in the corporate banking sector as an account associate. "I would normally assist my officers in fixing loan transactions of corporate entities. For one and a half years, the experience was overly repetitive. I wasn't really enjoying my job and being stuck in a cubicle the entire day, it sucks away your life."

How did you find out about Brentertainment?

I found them on a Facebook advertisement, sobrang ganda ng site and I thought "parang okay tong company na to," so I applied as a streamer. Matagal yung reply and the truth is nag-resign na ako and was thinking I should look for another bank when their email arrived.

How does it compare financially?

I actually prefer my salary here, it's much higher. Since rank-and-file ako sa bank sobrang liit ng sweldo ko dun. If I got promoted to officer baka ka-level na pero depende din sa bank.

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What was your streaming background?

I casted tournaments, mga amateur kasi marami nang sikat na Dota caster. I'd get like five viewers sa simula, I started small and I would do it after work hours.

How did friends and family react to your decision?

Back when my parents found out sobrang adik ako sa Dota, nainis na sila sakinparang wala kang future. So nung nasa bank ako I wanted to prove them wrong, so I shoutcasted. I can't really say they’ve changed their mind, but they like the fact that I'm earning from this job. Medyo iffy lang on some aspects like long hours and my off days don't match the usual family day on weekends. For my friends, naaliw sila. Majority sa friends ko sa college they work government, corporate–normal jobs.

Kitz Cua, streams LOL and other games

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Kitz graduated BS Pharmacy, passed the boards, and became a branch pharmacist for Watsons...for all of six months. "I didn't like it so I transitioned to gaming because I was invited to be part of Rumble Royale before (due to her cosplay background). I did that for a year and went back to Pharmacy for another 6-8 months, I was the regulatory pharmacist for a cosmetic laboratory"

How did you find out about Brentertainment?

With my first job, I wasn't satisfied with the work conditions and I was happy to work in the gaming industry with RR but then I had a burnout so I decided to go back. After my second resignation–wala talaga sa heart ko yung Pharma–I got free hours at a comp shop to stream, then Brent contacted me with an offer. It was a hard decision because I had to weigh maintaining my own channel and Brentertainment at the same time.

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How does it compare financially?

I actually make more here than both my pharma jobs, a lot more. Mababa yung sa pharma for entry-level, then I was the head of a department [at my second job] pero mababa pa rin siya.

How did friends and family react to your decision?

Of course, at the start they dont get it, “paano ka kikita dyan?” I just told them wait and see, I can do this. I can make a living out of streaming. Right now, it doesn’t feel like work, I'm enjoying what I'm doing–playing games for a living! And I can’t see myself going back to pharma anymore, if not streaming basta stay in the gaming industry.

We have a lot of female streamers, but do we also have a lot of female viewers yet?

No, I want more girl viewers! In my community, probably less than 10 girls who watch. Siguro 80% ng audience is guys.

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