22 episodes

Welcome to EmpowerUp! This is a podcast where Steve Meim and Byron Beasley talk about anything related to the gaming industry. Steve is an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience working at places such as Sony Interactive Entertainment(PlayStation). Byron is an app developer with a passion for helping others. Each episode aims to be educational in nature, and may include guests from around the industry.

EmpowerUp Podcast Byron Beasley and Steve Meim

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Welcome to EmpowerUp! This is a podcast where Steve Meim and Byron Beasley talk about anything related to the gaming industry. Steve is an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience working at places such as Sony Interactive Entertainment(PlayStation). Byron is an app developer with a passion for helping others. Each episode aims to be educational in nature, and may include guests from around the industry.

    Collaboration is Key: EmpowerUp Podcast

    Collaboration is Key: EmpowerUp Podcast

    In this episode, we bring on Lead Game Designer Alexia Mandeville. Alexia is a seasoned pro currently working at Niantic(Pokemon Go). She shares her insights into the benefits of being a generalist in the industry and the differences between AAA games and Indie. She also goes into why it's so important to have experience working with others and some the softer skills that aren't always learned in the classroom.

    Alexia Mandeville LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexiamandeville/
    Byron Beasley LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/byron-beasley-jr-1451a4146/
    Steve Meim LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemeim/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Entering the Metaverse: EmpowerUp Podcast

    Entering the Metaverse: EmpowerUp Podcast

    In this episode, special guest Roselynn Conrady shares her thoughts on VR/AR/XR and the "Metaverse". Roselynn is currently a PHD student at Iowa State University studying the cutting edge of this field and shares her insights into the future of the Metaverse.

    Roselynn Conrady LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roselynn-conrady/

    Byron Beasley LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemeim/

    Steve Meim LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byron-beasley-jr-1451a4146/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A No Is A Not Right Now: EmpowerUp Podcast

    A No Is A Not Right Now: EmpowerUp Podcast

    In this episode, special guest Preston Dennis shares his insights on moving laterally into the gaming industry. He has a strong background in art and animation but had a difficult time landing a game industry job. He highlights a very important concept: a no is a not right now. He had faith that he would eventually get in as long as he had patience.
    Preston Dennis LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prestondennis/
    Byron Beasley LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byron-beasley-jr-1451a4146/
    Steve Meim LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemeim/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Bag of Rocks: EmpowerUp Podcast

    A Bag of Rocks: EmpowerUp Podcast

    In this episode, Byron and Steve talk with Jacob Travis, an environment artist at Sony Interactive Entertainment(PlayStation). Jake speaks about his his experience and what led to him getting the job at Sony. Jake also expresses the importance of having a work-life balance as the industry can be difficult to manage at times. For JAke, this was channeled through a "bag of rocks" given to him by his sister. To his family, the bag of rocks is kind of a family staple for luck. Lastly, we also conver topics like working while in school and how to effectively manage your time.

    Jacob's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-travis-a5a108114/
    Byron's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byron-beasley-jr-1451a4146/
    Steve's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemeim/

    • 58 min
    The Right Way to Network: EmpowerUp Podcast

    The Right Way to Network: EmpowerUp Podcast

    In this episode, Byron and Steve bring on music composer Chel Wong. Chel is an accomplished video game composer who shares her experiences in the gaming industry. She speaks on what it takes to make it in game audio specifically. Her career primarily revolves around contract and freelance work and she breaks down how she gains new clients.

    Chel LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelwong
    Website: chelwongaudio.com
    Byron LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byron-beasley-jr-1451a4146
    Steve LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemeim

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Keeping An Open Mind: EmpowerUp Podcast

    Keeping An Open Mind: EmpowerUp Podcast

    In this episode, Byron and Steve bring on special guest Donovan Alcones. Donovan is a junion in college studying music composition. In this episode, he asks questions and provides insight into what it's like to get into the industry from his perspective. Donovan expresses the importance of keeping an open mind; he thought he just be doing music, but learned about the other slew of skills that are equally important.
    Donovan LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donovan-alcones-219602196
    Donovan Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dalconesmusic
    Byron LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byron-beasley-jr-1451a4146
    Steve LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemeim

    • 51 min

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