When he was growing up, he enjoyed playing Super Smash Brothers with his best friend after school on his Nintendo 64. He prefers playing PC games over console games. While he was growing up, his favorite games were Total Annihilation, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, The Sims and Theme Hospital. He also dabbled in playing the tuba while he was in high school, and even succeeded in getting a college scholarship for it. However, he lost interest and stopped playing after the first semester.
In 2009, he started watching Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 videos on YouTube. One day, the streamers that he enjoyed watching mentioned in a video that they would be hosting an open lobby for viewers. He joined the lobby as soon as he got home from work that day. He really enjoyed it. When the session was over, he continued playing with a few other viewers and continued playing with them for a few more months. This experience motivated him to attempt launching his own channel.
Prior to streaming full time, he worked in an auto repair shop.
IAmSp00n started uploading content on YouTube in 2010, but he found YouTube to be a bit boring, as he would just be talking to himself. The aspect that he had enjoyed about his online experience was of making friends through streaming. He enjoyed playing and interacting with others, which motivated him to start streaming on livestream.com after a couple of months. He transitioned to Twitch in September 2011.
He decided to commit to fulltime streaming in April 2013 as a three-month trial period, as he wasn’t yet earning enough to justify the risk. He continued with his part time job until the numbers were sufficient. Fortunately, it worked out for him and by May 2013 he reached 30,000 Twitch followers. He has continued streaming full time ever since, although he did stop uploading to his YouTube channel in February 2019.
He doesn't have a set schedule.
If you want to get more involved in the gaming community… first of all, you need to put down the money, you need to put down the time, you need to put down the effort… I put a lot of money down… It’s just like having a contract for a job, being a contractor. You have to go out and buy the materials that you need for that job and you start off kind of slow and work your way up. And it’s the same way with YouTube.
Ifeel a lot of YouTube and Twitch is finding a good balance of what’s good for you and what’s good for the community… Definitely stay active. If you’re not streaming, if you’re not posting content, then give them something on Twitter, give them something on Instagram. Take pictures, do a periscope. Do a quick livestream while you’re on the road or something.