Who knows who came up with the rules? But somehow, intimate knowledge about fandoms and technology is considered geeky in the eyes of the world. Geeky, but somehow also cool. Unfortunately mainstream society is still reluctant to accept that geeks have knowledge that has commercial potential, so they have to hustle to find ways of taking their skills and knowledge further. Here are some ways you can do that:
Gaming Knowledge and Skill
At the most basic level, you can work at a gaming arcade or store, advising beginners on the best gaming PC they can find and/or afford.
Unlike other stores, one needs a certain level of knowledge to be a gaming store assistant because the inquiries that come at you will be very specific, such as what is the best gaming PC of 2016? You can also take things to another level and become a professional gamer. If you become good enough, you can even take part in championships that pay good money for winning. Of course, there are also the side benefits like working for companies as a debugger. Finally, some universities offer entire degree programmes that cater to gaming fanatics and developers, teaching software designing, developing, graphics design and others. Any of these could be your zone.
Literary and Accompanying Fandom Knowledge
There are the big wigs like the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings and then there are the cult classics like I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith or The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. A deep knowledge of all things literary can help you get a job working in a book store, as a merchandiser for a book store or as a librarian. Start an interesting blog and you may even become well-known enough that you can advise on the adaptations of these books, as experts on Elvish found out when director Peter Jackson decided to go all out for the Lord of the Rings movies. Elvish language experts were present on set to teach the actors playing elves how to pronounce the words correctly, all culled from a language that J. R. Tolkien invented.
The mother of all geekdoms, there is more to comics than DC and Marvel, arguably 2 of the most well known comic companies in the world. Japan has its own brand of comics, although hardcore geeks will argue that manga is completely different from the comics of the West in style, theme and approach. The animated version of manga, anime, is also another comic-related phenomenon that has taken over the comic fandoms. There are entire conferences related to comic fans such as Geeky-con and Comic Con and getting a job in a comic store will be a breeze if you know your ABC’s regarding comics.