Casuals: Persia, the Marvel Advocate
A year later, Persia found herself moving to New York City just as Marvel vs. Capcom 3 arrived on the scene. Much like Street Fighter, she immediately became enthralled with the more action-heavy game, and dedicated her time to learning the ropes. As is often the case, the going wasn’t easy, but she stuck to her guns under the tutelage of Marvel pillar (and future fiancé) Michael "IFC Yipes" Mendoza.
Persia’s true calling, however, was discovered by coincidence. After being pulled onto commentary by one of her friends, she regularly found herself on the microphone at local events providing voice-over for the viewers at home. Eric "Big E" Small, a major tournament organizer based in Philadelphia, saw something in Persia’s burgeoning presence, and asked her to start commentating at his events.
"After watching me on more casual streams, Big E wanted me to try taking things a little more seriously," she explained. "Thank god for that, because it really did open a door for me that I didn’t know was possible, and it’s something I’ve grown to be incredibly passionate about."