“Listen to your heart. That sounds really cheesy, but I didn’t follow the things I really enjoyed that much“, would be Fayan “Gevous“ Pertijs advice to his 14-year-old self. As an eSports Coach and Freelancer he does a lot of research and is helping amateur teams or players to reach the next level in League of Legends. His job is basically like a “Rollercoaster. It gives a lot of stress and a lot of bumbs as well but just the satisfaction of completing the job is really hard to achieve – that’s one of the most enjoyable things I have in my work.“
Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?
My full name, including nickname is Fayan "Gevous" Pertijs and I’m League of Legends coach analyst.
Worum geht es in Deinem Job?
Depends on how many clients I have. Because currently I don’t have a team I work for, I'm freelancing, I do individual coaching, do freelance work for just amateur teams. So normally what I do daily basis is I do research in League of Legends, so what has the professionals played, what kind of a team composition they play? So I increase my knowledge overall in League of Legends. Then I can use that knowledge in order to apply to teams. So I can coach these amateur players up to the next level. I just have my daily routine like breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between it depends on how much work I have. As I said now I’m a freelancer, so it really depends on how many clients do I have, but I’d just make appointments to people, individual players who just want to improve in League of Legends overall. I might have a job with an amateur team that is known for it’s pretty much high level League of Legends in their country. Then I analyse their replays, how can I increase their skill level in League of Legends.
Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?
I was born and raised in the Netherlands. I was born in 1994 and my life has all been about music. Before I entered the eSports scene I was a musician for hire. I was doing gigs for studio sessions. I was doing my guitar skills for people, performing. I was wanted to be this rockstar, maybe not even a rockstar, just make a living of music. But then at some point I didn’t enjoy the music industry anymore because of personal reasons. I quit doing my musician work and my second love was actually games, this high level games overall. 7 or 8 months ago I quit doing my music work, I also quit my study in International Entertainment Management, because I didn’t really know what to do with music. Then I got this chance to grow a network in eSports and see where I’ll end up. I really believe in hard work, so I thought I’m still young, I give it a try.
Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?
The only skills that I learnt from my music career was performing and social skills. But for the rest, music doesn’t have to do much with eSports, these are 2 different things. One is in a musical level and the other is on the sports level. For example what you see from a football player. But then more in a mental state. You need physical skills, because you need to be really fast and quick, but it is also like mindgames. Beating your opponent, being smarter than your opponent like it would be in chess. So actually my background in music has nothing to do with eSports.
Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?
Maybe it sounds a little bit of weird, but it’s basically like a rollercoaster. It gives a lot of stress and it gives a lot of bumps as well, the satisfaction of the completion of the job is really hard to achieve. A lot of players have very high ego as well so it’s really hard to actually get through that ego. But once you got them, you can bring them a step higher. I think that’s one of the most enjoyful things in my work.
Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?
It’s really hard to reach players who are playing on a high level. Because you’re just this “one guy coming in and tells you what you can do better in League of Legends”, they pretty much tells you “well, you’re not playing on my level, so what you suppose to know?” But the coaches don’t really play the game themselves, so bursting through that ego of the players is really hard. Once they realise they set themselves open to improvement, to actually listen to what the coach has to say. I think that’s really hard to achieve.
Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!
I think I would say listen to your heart. It sounds really cheesy but I didn’t really follow the things that I really enjoyed that much. Listen to your heart and do what you really want to do. Two, don’t let anyone fool you. If they say that you cannot do it, then you can always do it as long as you willing to put the work in. Like I said, I believe in the hard work, and the hard work get you to the top. The third one is I guess keep smiling. Keep enjoying what you do, because if you don’t like what you’re doing, then you can never reach the top. How would you be happy in our life if you don’t enjoy what you do?