He and his wife have a daughter and a son. He has two brothers.
He tries to build a community that encourages less cheating, raging and poor sportsmanship.
SayNoToRage was introduced to video games by his parents and older brother when his parents bought them their first Nintendo and he would watch his older brother playing side-scrolling games such as Luigi’s Mansion. However, he himself preferred playing games like TimeSplitters and Mario Kart. He doesn’t like MMOs because he finds them to take too ling and take too much grinding.
He originally didn’t plan on being a professional streamer. His foray into digital content began with his writing blog posts. From there, he moved on to creating YouTube content that were fairly similar to his blog content. When he first heard about Twitch, he thought that it was simply a streaming tool on his Xbox that would allow him to livestream his video content for his friends. He had no idea that it was possible to use Twitch to monetize his content until much later.
However, he streamed Borderlands for a couple of weeks on Twitch and then realized that playing, talking to and interacting with his chat was something that he found to be highly enjoyable. He also noticed that there were random people coming on to his chat and asking him whether he had branched off from an established channel because he seemed so comfortable and professional in this role. This made him realize that streaming might be a viable option for him, and so he decided to continue doing it to see whether it would take off.
When he originally started streaming, he only did so part-time, while focusing on his Graphic Design business during the day. This meant that he was generally working 80-hour weeks.
SayNoToRage has ~1,820 subscribers, which would minimally generate him a monthly income of $4,450 USD excluding tiered subscriptions, donations, merchandise sales, sponsorships and advertising revenue.
- Monday – Friday: 11:00 – ~21:00 UTC
- Saturday – Sunday: No stream
Have a schedule, be consistent. Everyone says, ‘be yourself,’ that seems cliché, but you really do need to be yourself. I always tell people, ‘What’s your POV point of view)? what’s your identity? Why should people watch you? Whatever your going to do, whether it’s sit and rage, whether it’s help people rage less or you’re a comedic guy, or you’re doing guides or whatever it is, it needs to come out of your enjoyment of games so that way it can really flow from who you are a s a person.
If you’re going to do a job, three things need to line up: affinity, ability and opportunity. ‘Affinity’ is, ‘what do you like to do?’ Then, ‘ability’ is, ‘are you able to do it?’ This is one area where everyone makes the wrong jump… ‘Opportunity’ is a combination of hard work, determination and networking… The reason you network is [because] you need that encouragement, you need that help and you need that sort of influence, like ideas to be better, from people you can trust.