Have you ever watched a professional Fortnite tournament on a streaming platform? If so, you probably have not only seen but heard the voice of the talented esports caster LifewithPanda. As the viewer, it’s important to be entertained and have a good experience while watching. Furthermore, if a person is observing an esports tournament and doesn't hear any casting going on, it’ll make it stale and boring. Even though casting is very tough to master, LifewithPanda makes it look like a piece of cake. In this feature, ONE37pm picks the brain of LifewithPanda, and he chats about his journey and what it’s like being an esports caster.
ONE37pm: Did you play a lot of video games growing up? If so, which ones?
LifewithPanda: Video games for me when I was growing up were an escape and a learning tool. I’d load up into a game with no direction and try to find success. Honestly, probably why I have decent problem-solving skills . As far as games go, I played everything from every console. My main games though were Halo 2, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, and COD MW2.
ONE37pm: What was life like before becoming a professional esports caster?
LifewithPanda: Before I was a caster, I developed a successful career in hospitality and real estate. I’ve worked for companies such as Disney, Marriott, Publix, and more. While with the companies, my focus was on training. I’d spend my days speaking to large groups within the companies and giving direction on whatever the training topic was that day.
ONE37pm: When was the first time you ever casted?
LifewithPanda: My first ever event was with NerdStreet. MonsterDface was helping me break into the space at the time and he helped me get that show. It was crazy because my duo was JacobPR, who I just got to spend the last FNCS season with on NAW. It was a full-circle moment for sure!
ONE37pm: How did you realize that you were very good at casting?
LifewithPanda: As a caster, I’m not sure if I’ll ever realize if I am “good” per se but I always strive to be the best I can be every day.