Dare to Defy: Special Interview with Ashley Rita Wong | G-SHOCK Watches Singapore

Dare to Defy: Special Interview with Ashley Rita Wong

Ashley Rita Wong, an E-Gaming Commentator, shares with us her story of how she steps into the world of esports.

Prior to university, Ashley was confined mostly to the academic sphere but now she is an ardent Dota 2 fanatic who follows the game developments and tournaments religiously. She believes that esports is the next promising industry and is looking to be a part of it through the provision of commentary as a caster, following in the footsteps of popular casters such as ODpixel and LD.

Other than academics and esports, she enjoys many sports such as netball, basketball and MMA. She also dabbled in modelling when she was still in school, but while she do her work in front of the camera, she started embarking on a YouTube venture with her partner where a lot of work takes place behind the camera – from production to editing to audio management and client management.

Ashley Rita Wong

What are some of your main passions and why are they important to you?

I am passionate about gaming, especially about Dota 2. Gaming has been a way for me to spend time with my friends (who are usually males) and in there, I've found a community of friends who don't treat me any differently just because I’m female. My performance during the game is not tied to my gender as it usually is in areas such as traditional sports – men will always outperform women. Dota 2 in particular is one of the most complex computer games, and because of its complexity, I'm constantly learning. It also helps that the game is constantly being updated and changing, so I have to adapt and keep up with the changes. Through casting Dota 2, I'm finally comfortable with hearing my own voice too! It's a small but memorable achievement for me because I've always disliked the sound of my voice, but I've learned how to control my tone, pitch, speed and breathing, and even overcame a lisp.

How did you get into gaming industry?

I attended a wedding and met an old friend who knew that I wanted to get into the gaming industry. He directed me to drop Kelly Latimer a message because he worked with her a long time ago when she was just starting out and she also did esports commentary. I dropped Kelly a message on Instagram and didn't think too about it. 2 weeks later, she got back to me and said she'd love to be of help, so she set up a lunch with Wanda Hu, the CEO of Armaggeddon, a Singaporean gaming gear company. From there on, I met other people through her and managed to snag a regular spot casting a local Dota league. Things took off from there and with the help of Cherzinga, I got my social media things together and started working with brands and getting to know people in the international Dota scene. Attending tournaments also helped a lot! The first one I ever attended was Nanyang Championships in 2015 where I was all starry-eyed over the players and casters, but the first tournament I attended that made a difference was PvP Esports inaugural tournament back in 2018. I met Faraz, a host and commentator with eGG Network, and he encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a Dota 2 caster. Tl;dr, the right persons showed up at the right timings in my life and they helped and encouraged me to pursue my passion for casting Dota 2. I am forever indebted to these people.

The clothes fit the culture, is it true? And why?

Culture makes clothes, so yes, the clothes fit the culture. We dress according to the way we were brought up, taking into consideration climate, ethnicity, gender, geographical region, religion and social class -- a non-exhaustive list of factors that constitute "culture". Having lived through the rise, peak and fall of the social media era, I've been exposed to numerous perspectives, ideas, people and of course, cultures. With that privilege of having access to so much information, I'm able to form my own personalised view, my own unique curated culture, my own way of dressing. I used to do a lot of sports when I was in school and I wore lots of "sporty clothes" -- denim shorts with any sleeveless top and always sneakers with no jewellery. In university, it was my most experimental period because of the different people and ideas I was exposed to. I tried short dresses, long dresses, cropped tops, heels and lots of jewellery. It took a while, but right now, I've finally settled on a style of understated casual elegance - blazer and pants sets, long fitted pants, cropped tops, sneakers, boots and simple bracelets and earrings. It's very suitable for my lifestyle that goes from being on camera for casting, to meeting clients, and to streaming. That's the same sort of style that the GM-S5600 has and it pairs perfectly with any outfit that I have with its clean uncluttered face and bezel, especially since it comes in 3 different colours! I personally adore the white version even though I'm terrified of dirtying it, but it's the easiest to style since I'm usually in white sneakers and neutral coloured pants.
Ashley Rita Wong

* Ashley is wearing GM-S5600G-7DR.

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