@andrealausell, 28 – FUNDED

@andrealausell is a queer, disabled Boricua/Cubana who plays a variety of games. You might see this BroadcastHER Grant recipient drinking boba while engaging in all kinds of chaotic fun!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to create a space that is fun, educational, and accessible for all differently abled people.

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

It will allow me to create higher quality content and that will help me work with sponsors for streams that will inevitably be used to give back to my community.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It means validation as a disabled person — that my content can be uplifted and supported the same as abled streamers.

Women are underrepresented in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports. What can we do to change this?

We need to share their work on all social media platforms and encourage people to not only follow but engage with their content. Following isn’t enough; engagement is what helps those who are underrepresented.

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

Ableism is the major factor behind the challenges I’ve faced because of tech inaccessibility along with how expensive items can be. Tie this into the pandemic where I’m isolated, and ableism has played and continues to play a major role in my challenges.

What advice do you have for women who want to start broadcasting?

Ask for advice and get help from your streamer friends. Your friends want to see you succeed and will help you! Also, I suggest using Twitter for your work. It has the possibility of reaching a large audience and will help your channel grow, too.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I give myself grace and time to relax when I feel myself burning out. This time away helps me refocus and gets me ready to continue working on my goals.