What exactly do you do in the industry?
I get to have fun by creating and playin- and I do so with my team- my family! It doesn’t get much better than that! I am an inventor/toy and game designer. I design games in the preschool category, family fun, party, light strategy, card games, outdoor/yard games, toys and more. Having kids of different ages has really helped us in the development of games and toys. Sometimes they help come up with ideas, some designs are based on games they have made up. They have helped with design, artwork, prototyping, game play, play testing, being in the videos and more. Even when I work with other inventors on concepts, my family playtests each concept and are in every video- unless its an adult game! But, the very best part is creating and testing games as a family! The family that plays together stays together!
Why and how did you get into the Toy and Game industry?
It just happened naturally actually! I didn’t see it coming and didn’t even know it was a profession like many people! I have a background in education and have four kids, so fun is something that happens on a daily basis in our house. As a teacher and mom I would make learning resources and games to help add fun to learning for my kids as well as make them relatable to themes the kids were into or enjoyed-that’s just something I did. In several classes during college we were assigned to make learning resources and learning games- I still have one of them actually!