How to be a Nerd for a Living from San Diego Comic Con 2018

How to be a Nerd for a Living at SDCC 2018 (From the Archives)

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How to be a Nerd for a Living from San Diego Comic Con 2018
Left to right: Jamie Cordero, Susan Eisenberg, Ben Blacker, Travis McElroy, Jazzlyn Stone, Wendy Buske, Tomi Adeyemi

From the Archives: Recorded Live at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 — How to be a Nerd For A Living Panel

Hey! If you’re a longtime subscriber you’re probably thinking, whoa, this podcast hasn’t updated since 2017. What’s going on? Well, you know, it’s the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 era, and all our beloved comic conventions and entertainment expos have been cancelled. So, to help anyone who is missing their favorite cons, we decided to open our archive of live convention panel recordings and share some previously unreleased material.

This is our How to be a Nerd for a Living panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2018. PLEASE NOTE: This panel was recorded live, and the audio is not as high-quality as we typically prefer—which is why we didn’t share it sooner. But, in this time without Comic-Cons, we wanted to put some of the best conversations we’ve had out into the universe regardless of audio issues. So, please forgive any static.

Check out these amazing speakers….

Our Wendy Buske chats with guest speakers Tomi Adeyemi (author, Children of Blood and Bone series), Susan Eisenberg (voice actor, Justice League, Masters of the Universe: Revelation), Travis McElroy (podcaster, MBMBAM, The Adventure Zone), Ben Blacker (writer and podcaster, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Hex Wives), Jazzlyn Stone (comics marketing expert), and Jaimie Cordero (CEO, Espionage Cosmetics) about how each of them started out, ways they pursued careers in pop culture entertainment, and lessons they’ve learned through it all.

From pursuing a life as an actor or writer to learning how to “bleed a nickel” as an entrepreneur, this conversation hones in on how the realities of the “dream job” – and how step 1 is often NOT asking for permission. 

ALSO, due to COVID-19, things have changed for us all – and the industries discussed during this hour are no different. However, there’s still many nuggets of knowledge about these industries that are absolutely relevant and true. We hope you find them helpful and heartening now, and in the whatever the new normal may be.

Recorded: Sunday, July 22 at San Diego Comic-Con

Original Panel Description

How to be a Nerd For A Living: Breaking into Careers in Geek-Culture
Do you want to build a career in the “nerdy” industry you love, but you’re not sure where to begin? This all-star panel of professional “Nerds for a Living” will share insights into a variety of careers within comics, literature, podcasting, animation, film, fashion and more during this discussion. Learn how our guests got their start, and get advice on what it takes to create a path to the career you want. Join moderator Wendy Buske (Nerd For A Living podcast) for this fun and informative discussion that’ll leave you ready to conquer your post-SDCC goals.