Pay it forward.1

In 2001, Tommy Tallarico delivered the audio keynote address at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California. The room was packed with game audio professionals and hopefuls alike, eager to hear from one of the industry’s most charismatic stars. Tallarico had risen from the ashes of homelessness to blaze a fiery trail of success straight to the top of the business. He had dozens of contracts providing music and sound services to game developers. He was co-host with Victor Lucas of the popular television program Electric Playground. His annual income was rumored to top seven figures. To the surprise of most people in the audience, Tallarico openly discussed how much he charged, how he ...

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