We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcial “Marz” Pimentel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marcial “Marz”, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is something that young people (and people in general) don’t take enough of. I very firmly believe that under a certain age people should be waaay more risk tolerant. I’m talking before people have to worry about feeding kids or a mortgage (funnily enough I have one). The “worst” that can happen for people taking certain risks is so much more minimized earlier on in life and when you have certain safety nets in place (family and support)
I believe in risk taking so much that on 2 separate occasions now I’ve left high paying (75 – 85k) salaried positions to follow my interests. And both times turned into me being let go in under 6 months because of outside reasons.
And that leads me to my last point: regret. I will never say that I regret making those decisions, but I would have definitely regretted not doing it and learning.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a content creation and esports professional who has been involved in the local Houston scene since 2015. I first learned about organizing and running tournaments through the local Smash scene, as well as began practicing on commentary for these events which would help me get used to talking…a lot.
Towards the end of college I got the idea to start my own online anime apparel business from a random interaction I saw at a convention during my birthday. Thus, in 2017 Weeb Shirts was born and where I learned about having to run social media for a brand and growing an audience and following. This is one of the first examples of me diving into something I’ve never done before and managing a whole business on my own.
Out of college I got my first professional job in Tech and this would start my unrelenting need to carve my own path and work within an industry I was passionate in.
See, corporate jobs are stable and high paying, but inevitably soul crushing for someone like me who is passionate about these other interests. I would always be working on Weeb Shirts or keeping up with content creation trends in my downtime. I told myself I would only work in Tech for a few years before trying to pivot into the industry but opportunities in Esports or Content are few and far between.
There is also so much friction in trying to do what you love and that was my point earlier when I was talking about risk. The risky thing to do would be leaving these high paying tech jobs. The risk would be taking over 50% pay cuts just to chase a dream.
And you know what? I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
See, it’s not about the money or the stability. Work just doesn’t feel like work whenever I was at those other jobs (an Esports startup here in Houston and working with one of the largest Twitch creators, who also happened to be a friend at the time.) So even now when I find myself unemployed at the time of this writing, I know that I will just build myself back up and keep searching for that next opportunity.
All the while working on my own content – like my convention vlogs around the US, my commentary on social media and content creation, and (sometimes) funny tweets, etc. Anything I can do to keep it real.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If there’s one thing about me it’s that I love going out and checking out cool bars and breweries around the city.
My #1 favorite spot in all of Houston for fun is definitely EaDo – East Downtown. It is all walkable and you have my literal favorite bar The Secret Group there, which hosts hilarious comedy shows DAILY. There’s also 8th Wonder brewery and Truckyard, both of which are right by The Secret Group.
So is a perfect day drinking Sunday, EaDo style:
– Breakfast/brunch at The Rustic which is on the corner right by George R Brown.
– Noonish start your adventure at 8th Wonder with some beer tokens and enjoy the day in their garden area
– 2 – 3pm mosey over to Truckyard for a change in scenery, definitely grab a Trashcan Punch (or 3) and find a spot upstairs to enjoy the view
– 4 – 5pm get food from either Rodeo Goat or Vinny’s Pizza (you’ll be back) and then hit up Neil’s Bahr to drink some more and enjoy their super comfy couches
– 6pm onwards enjoy the back to back Comedy Shows at the Secret Group, maybe even sign up for the Open Mic at 10pm!
Special Mentions to Barbarella for having themed nights, if my friend is visiting on a week of their famous Emo Nights we would definitely hit that up. I would also say you could have just an amazing evening out in Montrose, and an example night out would be something like pizza and drinks at Love Buzz, going across the street to Avantgarden and then going up Montrose and having fun!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly a lot of my self improvement journey can be traced back Jordan B. Peterson and his talks on working on yourself. Besides that a very monumental book for me was the “4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss, which outlines exactly how to get started in an online business, back at a time when that concept was still foreign to most people.
I, of course, have to shout-out my parents who put up with my crazy ideas and sudden changes, but always come around and have my back. Finally, good friends and supporters like Juan Rivas, Langston Hunter, Hans Goss, and countless other good friends!
Other: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/therealmarzbar
Marcial Pimentel Steven LaRotta (the movie still)