Hey there! Thanks for coming. If you're here, you're probably a hiring manager who for some reason thought my application was worth checking out in more depth. 

I better say something cool quick before you think better of it, so without further ado... 

Welcome! 

I'm Kfir (Yep, it's pronouced exactly as it's spelled. Ask me at the interview, I'll teach you), I'm 42, and I'm originally from Israel, where I was born and raised. Like many of my generation, I grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, video games, and having adventures outside "till the street lights came on".

 

The Beginning...

After finishing my military service in Israel in 2003, I immigrated to the US, where I embarked on a career as a nature educator and primitive skills instructor. In essence, I became a professional caveman, producing handmade traditional buckskin and teaching workshops internationally to students of all ages.

 

I enjoy problem-solving, and there's nothing more satisfying than figuring out how to teach someone a new skill, watching them have that "A-HA!" moment, and their life changing before your eyes! 


This is where Project Management really started for me. Imagine taking 12 students through a 5-day hand-on journey to learn how to "Use the Whole Animal". Teaching a near-endless list of skills (that they're all new to), all interconnected and time-sensitive, with an ever increasing scope. Planning alone took months.
To this day those workshops are the most rewarding and challenging work I've ever done.

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When Life Gives You Lemons...

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After teaching for a decade, a back injury forced me to scale back that work significantly, and I took up art.

This time, I combined my passion for primitive skills and natural materials with my love for all things geeky. The first project I made was a map of Middle-earth on buckskin, for myself. The result was surprising! The combination of materials and techniques I had used created something hadn't expected, and that's exactly what I enjoy: Making something no one's ever seen before!

I spent the next decade perfecting my craft, working on intricate and complex custom commissions that required intensive planning and attention to detail. I gained recognition not only for my unique product, but also for my outiside-the-box thinking.

 

And as if that wasn't enough, in 2019 inspiration struck again...
 

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"What Would Cave Troll Taste Like?"

As a lifelong gamer of video games, board games, and table-top RPG's, I had always wanted to break into the gaming industry, but until 2019 I did not feel like I had anything new to say. And suddenly, I did.

"What would cave troll taste like?" a friend asked. It was one of those "you had to be there" moments, but from that whacky conversation 
Flavor Text Adventures was born.

It is an entirely unique product in the TTRPG sphere, combining story-telling, gaming, and cuisine. Its aim is to bring people together around the table through both gaming and food. Of course, I did not have all the skills needed to bring such a complex vision to life, so I brought together a team of chefs, writers, artists, and game designers designers. 

As the managing director of this small tribe, I wore many hats: editor, art director, sometimes writer, game designer, and above all... a project manager. I bring the entire team together month after month, to publish content not only loved by our growing community of fans, but that we are immensely proud to attach our names to.

For a portfolio of Flavor Text's behind-the-scenes project documents, click here.

 

What's next? ...and why?

If you've gotten this far, you're probably thinking "This guy has the coolest job ever! Why is he applying here?!"

So glad you asked! 

There are lots of reasons, but the most important one is... I'm want to be part of something bigger. When I decided I was ready to move on, I looked back and realized that I spent my entire adult life managing projects. Most of those were educational or creative projects. I also realized that the most fulfilling projects involved being part of a team. Whether I was teaching groups, collaborating with other creatives, or leading the Flavor Text Adventures team, being a part of something larger than myself was always the most satisfying.

 

Most of the roles I'm applying to are in the gaming industry, because as you might have gathered already, I'm pretty passionate about games. Games can change lives! And who of us doesn't have a list of games that we always return to, or can remember playing even decades ago? I want to be part of that! 

To that end, and because I dont (yet) have much experience in the tech world, I've been taking as many training courses as I can to introduce me to that world. Project Management and Data Analytics were the start. Programming in Unreal and Unity, as well as UX/UI design are next. Not because I want to be a programmer or a UX designer, but I want to be the best project manager I can be by knowing what my teammates do and how. I know that whatever I end up doing, like anything else I've done in the past, I'll pursue it with passion and excellence! 

 

I look forward to the next step leading me to bigger, and even better, things!

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kfir

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