Sebastian pins down his dream job after landing YouTube wrestling role
A University of Northampton graduate who has had a life-long love affair with wrestling has landed his dream job.
Sebastian Gabor was first captivated by WWE professional wrestling when he was a schoolboy, in his native Romania.
Having never missed a WWE television show for 11 years, Sebastian can now claim to be part of the action he loves, after securing a much-coveted role with YouTube wrestling channel, Wrestlelamia, which regularly attracts millions of viewers.
Sebastian, who graduated from his Media Production and Moving Image/Film and Screen Studies joint-honours course in 2018, was appointed Wrestlelamia video editor and graphic designer in February.
And, within his first six months he’s produced more than 50 videos which have racked up a rather impressive 25m views combined.
“When I first came across WWE, I was nine and watching a storyline about John Cena getting stabbed in a nightclub,” said Sebastian. “And of course, all the YouTube clips of the Undertaker and Rey Mysterio blew my mind as a child and got me hooked.
“The fact that I later found out it was staged made me even more intrigued – as around that time I was into theatre as well.
“As time went on, it just became something comforting to watch and escape in the silliness of it all. But, I am always astounded by are the video-packages WWE puts together. They are such well edited mini-stories that, just for a couple of minutes, your imagination races and you suspend your disbelief instantly.”
Sebastian’s unbridled love for the genre – and a professional showreel he’d put together to help him in his job hunt – saw him land his dream position at Wrestlelamia.
He said: “I spent a good few weeks on my showreel, condensing about six hours of material into just two minutes. And I’m glad I did, because all the employers that got back to me when I was applying for positions were impressed and inquisitive about my work.
“I must have spent about two months applying for every media-related job I could find across the UK – and then I came across an ad that got my attention from the first three words: video editor wrestling.
“I read the advert about five or six times to make sure I wasn’t misreading it in some way, as it was a too-good-too-be-true moment. The cover letter wrote itself, and I even had my brother read it through, to make sure I wasn’t coming across too overly excited about it.
“It was only after I got a reply back, inviting me for an interview, that I started looking into the company itself, but couldn’t figure out much. However, as soon as we sat down for the interview, I recognised the employer’s voice, because I had been watching his videos for the past five years on his Wrestlelamia YouTube channel. Needless to say, I was a bit starstruck, but I played it cool. I was told my showreel was something that made me stand out from the other applicants and the rest is history.”
Wrestlelamia runs news about the sport, plus top facts and mini documentaries, with all videos created from existing digital material, including photos, videos and tweets.
Sebastian said: “Once the editing starts, the creativity takes over. I find it incredibly rewarding creating everything from scratch, stitching together moments, finding new ways to add meaning and entertainment.”