The launch of 5Plus, the home of esports on free TV and The Nationals, the Philippines’ biggest esports tournament, has allowed quite a variety of talents to show the nation what they do best. From the different players to the VJs, correspondents, and casters, each has shown their passion and love for esports and their respective craft.
Jodie Tarasek is one of those that joined 5Plus as a VJ. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she moved to the Philippines on a whim three years ago. Because of her being a half-Filipino, people pushed her towards showbiz. She has since gone into modeling and hosting for MTV prior to auditioning and joining 5Plus.
Growing up, Jodie wasn’t into gaming but found her way into it in 12th grade as an outlet for upcoming exams. Her game of choice, at the time, was Call of Duty on the PS3, both Modern Warfare and Black Ops. However, realizing that it interfered with her studies, let it go.
One way or another, gaming found its way back to Jodie. This time it came through her boyfriend, actor Paulo Avelino. Paulo not only introduced Jodie back into gaming, but he also introduced her to the world of PC gaming.
“It wasn’t until I moved here and my boyfriend got me into it because he used to tease me, “Why are you playing on the PS4? That’s so lame!” or “PC’s better.” You know, just the typical PC gamer mindset. Haha! At first, I found it so hard to learn how to play on PC but after that, I Found myself wanting to play more.”
She has since picked up story-driven games like The Last of Us as well as battle royale titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends and even gotten into live streaming. Gaming has not only been an outlet for Jodie but she also found good friends through it.
“I’ve met incredible people online who’ve become my closest friends.”
Having found her way back into gaming and her previous experience as a host, taking on the new role VJ wasn’t too far off. She admittedly will be doing more research for the new role especially for games that she hasn’t played like Dota 2 and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Although being a PC gamer, Dota 2 interests her more.
“I can’t promise I’ll pick up the other games. I don’t know how to feel about mobile games. I enjoy the feeling of turning on the pc, sitting down, putting a headset on, and all. The’s a process for me and it’s therapeutic. For me, my phone… is.. well… my phone. I don’t really want to associate it with gaming.”
She hasn’t shut it out as a possibility though especially with fellow Vjs RJ Arroyo and Gino Quillamor around. More specifically RJ Arroyo, better known as GG EZ, who is an avid player of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
“But who knows? Maybe RJ [Arroyo] will convince me because he seems pretty adamant on it [mobile gaming]”
Jodie looks forward to growing the most. Because of her being an awkward person and dislike in big crowds, she hopes to overcome this and grow in terms of confidence, projection, and speaking.
“I find myself in this industry and I find growth because if you can’t show up or perform in front of your family and closest friends, then you can’t do anything in front of other people.”
“I just see this a good opportunity to grow even more. What better than to grow with gaming and esports, which is growing as well.”
Catch Jodie and the rest of the VJs bring you the hottest gaming news and tournaments on 5Plus, the home of esports on free TV!