About the Geek Behind the Blog

Hi! I'm Ami! An entrepreneur and serial side-gigger who is eternally fascinated by the ways people make careers and side hustles with their hobbies and interests. A certified career coach, game industry veteran, and professional online community manager, my main story quest is all about helping people make their geekiest dreams come true.

How it all began.

Let's go back to 2013...

I was working as a web developer and feeling the hurt of burnout when I decided I wanted to “follow my passions” instead and get a job in the game industry. I didn’t have any experience or qualifications for the game industry, but I did it anyway. 

This was when I realized that no matter where life has taken you so far, it’s always possible to make the leap into a job or career that makes your heart sing. 

I knew that one day I wanted to help people do exactly that. 

Fast forward to today.

I was listening to The Side Hustle Show, a podcast where Nick Loper interviews people who have found success with their side-hustles, whatever they may be. Sound familiar?

I love the show and learned a lot, but there were so many side-hustles and small businesses that I wanted to hear about that weren’t represented there. What about the Twitch streamers? Crafters? Artists, Writers, and Dungeon Masters?

It was on the desire to hear those stories that Geeks Who Get Paid was formed.

"Being a geek is a great thing. I think we're all geeks. Being a geek means you're passionate about something and that defines your uniqueness. I would rather be passionate about something than be apathetic about everything."

— Masi Oka —