@AsiaAnimenesia, 27 – FUNDED

AsiaAnimenesia knows firsthand that networking is a key to success in the streaming community. She’s all about encouraging others and, as a BroadcastHER Grant recipient, she wants to use this platform to help women just like her. Talk about “streaming it forward.” Here’s what else she had to say.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to be a Twitch Partner and encourage women, especially black women, to stream.

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

I’ll be able to learn more about being a Twitch streamer. Also, I’ll be able to network with more people and make more friends in the streaming community.

What does being the recipient of the BroadcastHER Grant mean to you?

It means that I am a very lucky person. I know a lot of people applied, but only 50 were able to receive this. It also means that it is my turn to help other women receive funding for their dreams.

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

Programs like this one with 1,000 Dreams Fund are a great start because they help encourage more women to stream. I think that empowering women and bringing them closer to achieving Twitch Partner status will create role models to inspire other similar women. That will ensure more women become interested in streaming.

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

Both finances and time are big ones for me because I also have kids. There is also still a lot of sexism in the nerd realm that discourages people from wanting to be a part of our community.

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

Just go for it. You have to start somewhere. You don’t need a bunch of equipment to start out; just your console is great. Don’t forget to network with others!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Lots of music, planning, and a support group… Without my support group, which includes the friends I’ve made through Twitch, I would have a much harder time.