Success At Any Age

Beyond the Game

Drew Murray, age 32, was a successful attorney with one of the largest law firms of the country. He had already tried a stint as a chef, and decided he'd rather be in a career where he could make money. Law school was an energizing treat for him and his easy placement after graduation made him a rising star. Once in the firm, he quickly met the woman who would become his future wife. He seemed to have everything, including the approval of his family.

It didn't take long, though, for his wife to realize he was unhappy. After a couple years of working at the law firm, he went to his doctor for a yearly physical. He was given the "all clear" but over the next 4 months he lost 15 pounds. He went back to the doctor, expecting the worst. After a battery of tests, the doctor told him, "It's not cancer... it's depression." His wife told him he needed to change pace.

She was actually the one who pushed him to join the Guildhall School, a 2 year crashcourse for videogame designers at Southern Methodist University. He'd always enjoyed playing games and they both thought it would be a good fit for him. At the end of his time in school, one assigment was to write down the top 10 companies he would like to work for. Top of his list was Insomniac Games.

When he interviewed with them, the creative director of the company was brutally honest. Brian Allgeier said, "You're utterly unqualified for this job, but we may have a couple of junior designer positions opening in a few months." They appreciated not only his passion, but knew that his skill as a lawyer would give him a great attention to detail and documentation. He was hired on the spot.

Since then he has taken the lead in several of the largest games Insomniac produced including Resistance: Fall of Man, and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction, both of which sold millions of copies on the Playstation 3. He made a bold step, but he says, "Honestly, I don't feel like I had much choice. I was just not happy doing what I was doing." It was a big life change, but his passion won through and he pursued his goal. "If you have your goal and you're moving towards it, I really think that the pieces fall into place. Ultimately everything's worked out and I'm really happy."