The Proust Questionnaire is an interview about somebody’s personality, made famous by French writer Marcel Proust. Vanity Fair does its own version of the questionnaire for celebrities, and we decided it would be fun to do the same with notable esports professionals.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sounds cheesy as hell, but spending time with my family and having security for their futures — both financially and environmentally (I’m a big-time treehugger!)
2. What is your greatest fear?
For myself: letting those who rely on me down. More globally: our slow and steady path of environmental destruction (it’s slowing, but not quickly enough)
3. What is the trait you most dislike in yourself?
My impatience. I cut people off at times because I’m so excited to respond or get to the next thing so we can be as efficient as possible, that I think it may come off the wrong way to others
4. What is the trait you most dislike in others?
Laziness combined with complaining that things aren’t working out. You get what you work for in life.
5. Which living person do you most admire?
My wife. She’s brilliant, funny and a terrific mother. We have these three amazing kids that she somehow is doing an incredible job taking care of WHILE doing the finances and HR for our company and being my sounding board for incredibly important business decisions.
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
I don’t really do extravagance to be honest — it’s something that comes from my mother. I think it’s extravagant when I buy a new laptop before the old one is beaten and broken or get a new pair of jeans while the old ones are still wearable.
7. What is your current state of mind?
Excited for an incredible year of opportunities but sad because I am flying right now and already miss my wife and kids.
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Honor — it’s been the cause of so many dumb things being done in history because people had to “protect their honor.”
9. When do you think it’s OK to lie?
I actually don’t find lying something that’s OK to do. I don’t even lie to my kids about tough issues. I may steer the subject differently, but I don’t lie to them.
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing really – I’m pretty happy with it (which wasn’t always the case when I was younger – I had serious issues with how thin and weak I was.)
11. Which living person do you most despise?
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Like” is one I’ve always overused (comes from where I grow up), but lately my wife says I say “ecosystem” way too much.
15. When and where were you happiest?
Every time I’m with my kids.
16. Which talent would you most like to have?
Playing more instruments. I can play a handful, but I’d love to play them all really well.
17. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
How quickly I can get frustrated.
18. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Aside from the obvious of my family, it would be the technical theatre program I built at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan about a decade ago. Many of those kids went on to do great things and I feel proud knowing that I had some shaping in their lives.
19. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A new person so I could continue to experience the joy of life
20. What is your most treasured possession?
A thank you card one of my students gave me when I was teaching, for helping her on her journey to discovering who she was.
21. What makes you miserable?
Hate. I’m generally a happy and joyful person who loves that people are so different. It makes me miserable when I see such open hatred.
22. What do you most value in your friends?
23. Who are your favorite writers?
Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, Margaret Weiss/Tracy Hickman, Isaac Asimov, Philip Roth and David Lindsay Abaire
24. Who is your fictional hero?
I don’t really have one
25. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
26. Who are your real life heroes?
David Robinson when I was a kid. My heroes now are everyday people who I see doing amazing things to make the world a little bit better
27. What is it that you most dislike?
Making other people feel bad
28. What is your greatest regret?
Quitting the orchestra in high school for sports. I lived in a culture where sports were “cool” and band was “dumb,” so I quit. I long for it to this day.
29. What is your motto?
I have two I say to my staff a lot: Fail fast, fail often, fail cheap; If you’re early you’re on time, if you’re on time you’re late, and if you’re late don’t bother showing up
30. What was the first video game you played?
Galaga in my uncle’s basement (he had an arcade machine!!)
31. What would you be doing if you weren’t in esports?
Running a theatre and dance company as my passion and working in environmental, health & safety management as my career (which I did for five years just before esports)
32. What do you consider the most overrated skill in-game?
The ability to solo carry
33. What is the quality you most like in a teammate?
Wanting to learn
34. What is the quality you most like in an opponent?
Treating their opponent with respect
35. What is your favorite film?
So hard to ever pick one, so I’ll give you a few that exemplify my favorite films: Punch Drunk Love, The Fountain, and Rudy
36. What is your favorite show/series?
Same as above, so here are a few that exemplify: Dexter, Billions, The Wire, Sopranos, and White Collar
Cover photo courtesy of Splyce/illustration by Slingshot