GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 50 - August 2021

The path to an iGaming affiliate career is not always clear. In fact, many times it happens almost by accident. That was primarily the case for the trio of affiliates we sat down with for this issue of the GPWA Times Magazine , and, as you’ll read in the following pages, Alexis, Josy and Nedyalko are all quite pleased that they eventually found their way into the industry. In these interviews, the three explain how their past experiences helped them get to where they are today and how they have managed to survive and prosper for many years as affiliate webmasters. GPWA AFFILIATE INTERVIEW SERIES Alexis Z. - casinoduende You have been a GPWA member since 2017. How did you get your start in the affiliate business? My journey into the affiliate business began purely by coincidence. It was the month of March 2017. In the city of Valencia, where I live, every year there is the famous Las Fallas, one of the most unusual and beautiful celebrations of Spain, which is included in the list of intangible cultural heritage of mankind by UNESCO. At one of the parties, mutual friends introduced me to a sociable man, as it later turned out it was Mark Taylor (who was interviewed by GPWA Times Magazine in November 2016). It turned out that Mark, like me, also lived a while in Latin America and speaks Spanish very well, and thus we immediately became friends and found common interests. I learned about the partnership business from Mark. At that time, I was working as an assessor and tourist guide for my compatriots who come on holiday or business from Russia. But there was already a slow decline and I was looking for something new. So a chance encounter withMark prompted me to open a new page of my life and start a new job for me, for which I am very grateful to fate and Mark! What jobs did you have before becoming an affiliate webmaster and how has your past experi- ence helped you as an iGaming affiliate? During my 47 years, I’ve done all kinds of jobs. I’ve worked as an electrician, waiter and barman. And as I mentioned earlier, one of the last jobs I had before I became an affiliate webmaster was as a interpreting guide. Alexis, whose username honors a supernatural from Spanishmythology , parlayed a chancemeeting at a party inhis home country back in2017 into a burgeoning career as an iGaming affiliate The story of El Duende Image photo by pedrosala/Shutterstock G P W A t i m e s . o r g 42