What a Riot (Part 6)
Something worthwhile finally knocked on the door. Riot wanted to have some phone interviews with me.
At last, all my efforts seemed to be paying off. I now was poised with the opportunity to make my newfound dream of working at Riot a reality. I was extremely stoked for the chance. A lot of people thought my “list” wasn’t going to lead to anything, implying that I was just putting in so much time and energy toward writing the list entries to no avail.
But I proved those people wrong, at least up to this point in the endeavor.
I had a phone interview with a producer for the game, but time conflicts caused the phone interview to be pushed back for literally a whole month. And what a difficult month it was …
Because, you see, I kept the Riot stuff under wraps with my family because I didn’t want to jinx it. From my family’s perspective, they probably thought I was just lounging around at home and wasting time. But I hardly call trying to recover from depression a waste of time.
Like, I was thrilled to have the phone interview with Riot, but having my phone interview date pushed back week after week caused me to get really anxious. I had put all my eggs in one basket for this phone interview, so I kind of wanted to get the phone interview over with before the pressure would get to me.
But nevertheless, I kept reassuring myself that I had already waited for months, so a few more weeks shouldn’t be a big deal. In the meantime, I kept playing LoL and working on my side projects. You would be amazed how much you can teach yourself if you just sit down and focus. This was when I started putting my serious, comic book script together. This was when I completed the first script for a comic book concept that I now believe has a lot of merit and potential.
Teaching myself how to put the comic book script together certainly helped in passing the time as each week the Riot HR person would tell me that, sorry, your phone interview will need to be pushed back. So I kept hacking away at my comic book script until I came up with something presentable as a draft. Not many people can say that they have written a comic book script before, so for me, as a comic book-writing newbie, I was genuinely proud of what I had written.
So as my comic book idea started to get more developed, an official phone interview date was set in stone. Finally.
I received some tips from my friends, telling me the usual things like “just stay calm” and “be yourself.” I had to give these phone interviews everything I got.
The first phone interview was with a particular Riot producer who I thought was a very cool guy. He sounded genuinely intrigued by what I had to say about LoL, and his enthusiasm made me want to keep speaking with him like we were really good friends. We spoke for 40 whole minutes, and those were a quick 40 minutes. I could hardly believe that we had talked for that long. The phone interview went well.
Afterward, I received an e-mail from Riot’s HR department. The producer I spoke with wanted me to speak with another producer the next week, but, in addition, someone from a different department wanted to talk with me as well. So, given the chance of two Riot phone interviews in a single day, I took it. Who wouldn’t take both the phone interviews if they had this kind of opportunity?
But gosh, I definitely was not prepared for what would happen … Not prepared at all.