Interview with worthaed (@worthaed)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
As a kid that grew up in the late ’80s and ’90s, I was right in the prime and birth of a fantastic generation of gaming and technology, with one of my first systems being the colourless game boy and super Nintendo, playing titles such as Zelda: A link to the past and Super Mario Bros 3. The games and what the technology could bring to the table at the time was never seen before, and it emersed me in this world of gaming. Growing up, I couldn’t get the internet or computers to stream. It’s been a long life dream but what made me want to take that leap is that I had my son William. I have used gaming platforms as an extra education with a twist of fun and bonding. It’s been important that my dream doesn’t blind me from what he may want to do or not want to do. With my son being into games and technology, we have built something unique and wholesome that will last a lifetime on the internet. With that said, he wants to stream Minecraft and even incorporate some of his ideas into the stream and Vods. Now more than ever, I want to do this with him and for him.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I never knew how many people didn’t grow up with a father figure in their lives and how deeply that impacted people daily. It is mind-blowing that so many innocent children go without proper love, care, devotion, support and drive, above all else not having someone be patient with them. Something as simple as picking up on hobbies and being interested in what that kid is interested in goes long. So, every day it seems like I am receiving stories from people who find it so pleasing yet remind them of pain and being able to nostalgically heal it at the same time just knowing that not everyone gets treated as bad as they did growing up or missing out on things that wish they had as a kid. Even if it was just a hug and genuine love at times, it saddens me to see so many hurt people in the world that are just broken inside but had to learn how to cope with the inevitable for them. This has opened my eyes to being a safe place where people can enjoy wholesome content. We receive so much positive feedback and embrace the community; it makes us feel like we are doing something special.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
When you find something that you are passionate about and believe can catch the attention of others, you should never give up. Sometimes different formats, games, and platforms are needed to find that one thing that makes you so unique and that everyone else around you can and will enjoy about you. It’s a grind, anything in life is a grind, and you have to practice it. If you’re not learning how to improve your stream or content and you’re not able to take criticism on it, that might be a long journey ahead for you. Find what you love and stick to it. I’m sure that saying is overused, but it is very accurate. When you practice something for so long, you champion that subject and become a master at it. That will show to your audience naturally as everything at the point becomes second nature to you. Highs and Lows are guaranteed; what is not guaranteed is your will to continue through these dips.

If you are a parent and want to stream or use gaming platforms to connect with your kids, I suggest that you never force your kid to do something. It needs to be up to your child on whether they feel comfortable or up to being part of the content. If they want to stop. Then stop, find another interest they want to be around you with. Trust me, they grow so fast, so enjoy those moments, be patient, remember they only know what you show and teach them as a parent. Keep that in mind.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I owe everything in my life right now to my son being born. I’m not quite sure where I would be in life at this point if he weren’t a part of it. I’m blessed that I was given such a bright, funny, mini version of me. We have similar interests, so it is so easy to connect. He always looks up to me for guidance which forces you as a parent to make the absolute best decisions for your child at every level. He gave me a new perspective on life that I didn’t think I’d ever imagine myself having. For that, I am grateful forever to him and will make sure that he knows he was the one that pushed me to achieve goals and dreams.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I feel that the videos we produce give somewhat of a therapeutic memory and emotional vibe that brings the best out in people. Connecting people who have gone through similar issues growing up as a kid shows so many others that they are not alone. Even though we may have had a strict and rough upbringing, we can stay strong and break the pattern. As a dad, I can show others that you can give your kid and experience everything you missed with them. Show people how to be patient and genuinely try to be a good influence on all parents.
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Adapt or die. I know that seems so straightforward and barbaric however it couldn’t be more accurate in the world we live in today; you have to be able to adapt to your surroundings, adapt to new cultures, ideas, concepts, lifestyle, diet… and so much more. Sometimes you have to adapt to a reality that, while it may be suitable for you to do so, you have to push through in life and get where you want. It’s not easy. There’s a lot of time when you become a parent who requires you to adapt to your new situation, your new child. As a kid, I had to adapt that my father was working all the time to provide for his family. It sucked not having him around as a young child, but you adapt to the situation. It was the most fantastic time I ever had when I got to be around him—far and in-between moments. My dad had to adapt to an active lifestyle to give me life. I can see that more apparent than ever now, and I will be grateful for him.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
We have a linktree that has all of our social media platforms conveniently on one page for anyone who wishes to come along on our journey. We are worthaed on Twitter, twitch, youtube and TikTok.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?

I’m not sure where this journey will take William and me; however, I am glad that I can do this with him. I want everyone to know that we do hear you. We hear your pain, we hear your support and love, we see what you write, and William and I personally read comments together (1. to better his reading skills, 2. to interact with our fans). Keep that in mind when you come to talk with us. We try to read them all, and we are very thankful for the people that believe in us and who have supported us from the beginning and continue to support us. We hope to make a big difference someday.