@anarchyasf, 20 – Funded

Graphic designer and speedrunner @anarchyasf loves bringing others’ creative visions to life. It fuels her dreams in the gaming space. Here’s what else this JBL Quantum Grant winner told us.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I want to make it as a creative and see my creative vision carried out for an organization. I want people to say “wow” when they see things I’ve created in the space.

How will this award from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? 

It will allow me to both pay off part of my college education and invest in new items for my gaming setup to help make my design work easier.

What does being a 1,000 Dreams Fund – JBL Quantum Grant recipient mean to you? 

It means my dreams are valid and it reminds me that there are other people out there like me and also that there are those who will support me in my endeavors.

Women are underrepresented in gaming and esports. What can we do to change this?

We need to continue to provide a platform for female gamers. Most women feel like it’s so hard to break into gaming because they never see other people who are like them. If other women can see people like them in high places in this space, they will feel a lot more encouraged and like they are welcome.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

It has been challenging to find opportunities — especially in the creative field. It feels like a lot of people with creative jobs in esports are all men and it feels really hard to not fit that mold when trying to find jobs or other things to participate in as a creative.

What advice do you have for women who want to work in the gaming or esports industry? 

Stop caring about what other people say you can or cannot do. if you are passionate and know that gaming or esports is what you want to pursue, don’t let anything stop you. You do you, boo.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I admit that sometimes it’s stupidly hard for me to stay motivated. But when I get to work on new projects that I really enjoy, I remember why I started doing design in esports in the first place. I like making people and organizations look the best they can. When I see people really like the things I make for them, it motivates me every time.