Jonas "Sp4zie" Ring

“I get to work from home and play games. That’s pretty awesome!” On the other hand, Jonas ‘Sp4zie’ Ring gets to travel a lot as professional Youtuber: “I get to do cool things, like going to L.A. and hosting a gaming event there and then going to South Korea and watching the World Finals in League of Legends.”


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

I think that I like that isn’t very cool or fancy at all. It’s like it will get better. Because a lot of times when you are young and you don’t know where you want to go in life or you might feel like you are on unstable soil or whatever, looking back at that now I kind of, you know I have kind of felt like that was a necessary feeling that way because that was just how it was then, it doesn’t … it will always not be that is, man I’m rumbling right now but I hope you get what I mean here, that when you are young, everything can be so self focused around one little thing, but when you get a little bit older then you sort of broaden your mind a little bit and then you see a bigger perspective and usually, most people you are around also do that together with you so you suddenly, you don’t have bullies in the same way around you and you don’t have people who actually are mean for mean sake and all those things sort of tied together into growing up. And it usually gets better, so I like that sentence, I don’t know where I heard it but, “it will get better.” So I would probably say that, it will get better. Keep doing what you loved because that is something that I actually did when I was younger and I still do, I always do something that I loved and I spend a lot of time on that. The third one would probably be “ Try and do a lot of things” so even though, those two might be a little contradictive, even though like you might enjoy one, maybe you should try that thing that you did enjoy, just so know. Like just try it once and then you can also, that can sort of like enrich you and sort of hate it even more, that’s fine. But just try everything at once, if you can, if you get the opportunity because sometimes you might find little gems that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

So my name is Jonas, on the internet I’m known as Sp4zie, sp4zie with a “4” instead of an “A” because I’m a gamer and I would call myself a “YouTuber”.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

Even though I have done very similar videos, so many times, I still feel very enriched by the fact that I’m doing it because of the people watching and that community feel and the communication, English, you have, is really key. Second part, if you want something that maybe is a little bit more original is that I get to travel a lot right now, I get to meet awesome people within the industry that I didn’t know existed and I get to cool things like going to LA and hosting gaming event there and the going to South Korea and watching the world’s final in the League Of Legends. So that's definitely my second favorite part. Third favorite part would be, I get to work from home, I play games –that's pretty awesome.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

Sometimes I wake up and I might just have one of those days where, “God, I don’t feel like making another episode of this series that I have done 140 plus episodes on” and then I need to fuel myself with something and that's really the challenging part because you don’t have any co-workers who can jump and go, “Hey you should try this, hey I can do that for you or hey we can work together.” You are on your own pretty much, but try listening to what I said before, you still have your viewers, you still have them there, so it’s pretty easy in a sense to find motivation when you go into a random inbox and like Facebook and you see a message like “Hey, I had a really rough time last week, my girlfriend broke up with me or my grandma got really sick and I watched your video and I was feeling much better.” It’s like, come on, it is very easy to find the motivation for doing this stupid video on YouTube, if that's the result of it. I mean, of course I’m not sitting down here, saying that everyone who watches my videos are enlightened and enriched, but some are and that's amazing, it’s easy to find the motivation there for sure.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

It very much depends on the type of YouTuber you are and also like what you do, because there’s a lot of YouTubers that do other things around, the whole area. I could do YouTube fulltime. So I could basically my work load would be waking up, playing computer games, making videos about them, doing some blogs about them and also stream a little bit but I also do some consulting on the side. I also talk about what I have learnt through these years of doing this mainly because I think that's fun. So I do a lot of things, but if I were to say what the YouTube thing is about, it’s about making videos about the content that you love and also interacting a lot with the people that watch those videos. So for instance, on a Monday I usually have three hours where I just sit down and answer inboxes and mails, just talk with my viewers because it’s really important for what I do.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

My background is that I’m born in suburban in Stockholm in Sweden. I have had a lot of different jobs; I have been working from being a beds salesman to working a little bit with magic in a very amateur way. So I have been doing a lot of strange things and then I came to point which was something that I liked to do which was studying for Radio production, because I love the Radio as a medium and I wanted to do something that people could hear or listen to or read. I’d always wanted to do something creative like that and Radio was my thing. So a took those studies for three years as soon as I got up there I started to create a YouTube channel and built that as I was studying two and a half year when I only had left making a boring essay about media culture and stuff, I actually quit and now I do this full time. And I don’t say I quit as in I dropped out, it was actually my mum who knows nothing of gaming and stuff who said, “What are you doing , you should not be studying right now because you are studying to get a job , here is the job, what are you doing?” So basically everyone around me was saying, “It’s time to quit your studies and start doing something with is”. A good example would be, my friends when I studied, there was a lot of student parties and everything and I loved it, and everyone loved it and we had a good time but on Fridays a lot of the times when people were saying, “If you want to come out, we are doing this, we are doing that”. I would actually say no, I need to get this video out because I have set to myself I need to make two videos this week and I have made one, and that was for 25 people who had subscribed to my channel. So it’s not like it would be the end of the world if I didn’t but I had set my approach, If I want this to become something that I need to invest time in it to become good at it and its very much your own motivation that's sets the limits at what you do. So if you want to become good on something within YouTube, you cannot really take the easy ways, you have to work hard for free for a long time before you to get there both quality wise and viewable wise, to making a sustainable living.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

Absolutely, I think not only is there so many other topics that, you know, something that you could make a living out of on YouTube. I mean you’ve got everything from gaming to makeup to fashion to blogs to vlogs to cooking to sports, to everything. If you have a passion you can potentially make that your YouTube passion. However it might have been a little bit easier because I a lot of tools at my disposure, I had the opportunity to experience with good microphones, learn a little bit about that, but at the end of the day that information is out there, you can YouTube that type of thing, that’s another thing. If you are into tech, you can make a channel about tech and learn how to make…there are channels on YouTube about making channels on YouTube. So basically everything is out there for you to claim. And I would say that I more learned from that, than I did from my actual studies. So in my studies I learned a little more about working in groups with people, working creatively with other things, documentaries, a little bit of humor and hosting, stuff like. But that is not as much to do with YouTube as everything else I learned on my own. Definitely I don’t think you need anything or some sort of education for it, I think you need a strong mindset to make the education your own and to actually sit down and read articles about boring algorithms on YouTube to make your videos show up at the right place and the right time.