Passionate about writing since his high school years, our talented content writer Oscar has come a long way. Originally from Venezuela, where he worked as a journalist, Oscar decided to come to Portugal in pursuit of a better economic environment and a country free from censorship. When he isn’t researching or writing for Feeling Lucky Spain, Colombia, and Peru, you can usually find Oscar playing with his son or revisiting classic movies. Moreover, he’s the guy to go to when looking for a good new TV series, as he always knows which of the latest shows are worth binge-watching. Throughout this interview, Oscar shares how he got into writing, the most important aspect of his role at clovio, and advice for aspiring content writers.
What is your role in the clovio team?
I’m a copywriter, which means an intense relationship with writing and its improvement. This means a constant preparation of articles and the daily research of endless information related mainly to casino gambling and sports betting.
How did you get into writing?
Since my school days – particularly since high school – I have been enthusiastic, and sometimes even passionate, about writing. Mainly, for writing texts related to sports (such as baseball and soccer) and later to cinema and politics. I ended up working on both topics while I was working for a television channel in my home country.
What do you consider the most important aspect of your role with clovio?
The most important aspect of my work at clovio is the ability to learn daily about a subject as broad as the world of online casino games, and how gambling portals work. It’s incredible to realize the development of the sector and how there are multiple companies dedicated to the creation of new games and the amazing ability to launch new titles every month. My role at clovio requires being aware of these innovations, understanding their dynamics, and explaining them to our readers in the simplest way possible. It’s a complex activity, but very interesting.
What does your ideal work setup look like?
A few cups of good coffee are enough to start my daily work. I know that some people like to listen to music or even listen to radio programs while they work, but I choose an environment with very little noise and the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. Nothing better!
What do you like to do in your spare time and on weekends?
I have a young son, so both my spare time and my weekends revolve around what I can do with him. Usually, we go to the park or to some sports fields that are close to where we live. Sometimes we play soccer and other times we play basketball. It all depends on the mood that day.
After our father-son time, I usually enjoy old movies while he watches Netflix. I have a collection of classic horror movies that I love to revisit from time to time, including Dracula with Bela Lugosi and Frankenstein with Boris Karloff.
You’re originally from Venezuela. What made you decide to move to Portugal?
Well, several factors led to the decision to live in Portugal. I’m a journalist by profession and in Venezuela, anyone who practices as a journalist is exposed to being censored by the government. In addition, the economic situation has worsened in the last twenty years. So, like many of my compatriots, my wife and I agreed to leave the country.
Regarding the decision to come to Portugal, well, that’s very easy, my wife has dual nationality (Portuguese and Venezuelan), and a good part of her family lives here. In a way, it was the most logical choice.
What advice do you have for those who want to work in content writing?
It’s going to sound trite, but reading is an important element for those who want to work in content writing. Reading allows you to significantly improve your writing, and to learn new terms that you can use in your work. I read abundantly, or even consume podcasts about history, politics, and cinema. This, in turn, has helped me expand my vocabulary and use narrative techniques of various kinds when writing texts, especially those related to casino games or soccer matches, which would otherwise end up looking alike.
The advantage of living in our time is that we have access to writing from all over the world and in any language through our computer screens. So, there is no excuse not to try to improve as professionals.