Gavin Bushnell

Gavin Bushnell

Event Manager, STEAM Carnival

Two Bit Circus

Los Angeles, CA USA

Find the hobbies that you enjoy doing...let them keep you up at night and push them as hard as you can for no other reason than you want to and it interests you. That’s the best way to become an expert at anything.


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Gavin Bushnell


My road in life has taken me all over.
Born and raised in Northern California, but moved to Los Angeles when he was 15.
His father, Nolan Bushnell, created Atari and pioneered the modern video game industry—says that he and his 7 siblings were always surrounded by games and grew up with an appreciation for fun.
After high school, he went to college with the intention of becoming an architect, but after a year he left school to start working instead.
He has worked a variety of jobs including bartending, construction, hydroponic gardening, bagging groceries, and delivering newspapers.
Says these experiences have all given him skills that he still utilizes in his career today and that practical experience has been a valuable education.
Managed a restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles called uWink, where you can order and customize anything off of a touch screen—admits this idea was ahead of its time and it eventually closed.
Got the opportunity to join his brother, Brent Bushnell, at his company Two Bit Circus—there he is affectionately referred to as “King Carny” and in charge of all event and game production.
Says that finishing college is still on his “bucket list”.
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High School


Event Manager, STEAM Carnival

I manage, maintain and build the Two Bit Circus event games.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I'm affectionately called "King Carny" and am in charge of managing and building all of our games and events. My typical day is very stressful and I deal with a variety of tasks throughout the day. Right now, I am focused on helping our team build our Two Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles, which means way more games and events than I've ever had to produce.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Find a productive means of play. Get out of your comfort zone and travel the world. It's the best education you can get.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't work a regular job. They are the same day in and day out and are boring."

Challenges I Overcame

School Drop-Out

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