@AtomBombBody, 29 – FUNDED

Content creator, streamer, cosplayer, and entrepreneur @AtomBombBody has been an avid video gamer since she was a little girl playing Super Mario Brothers with her mom.

However, this BroadcastHER Grant winner did struggle to find her place in the gaming universe — that is, until she rediscovered her love of virtual reality (VR). And she loves sharing amazing VR experiences with others while teaching them how they can create content around it, too! She created her own company in 2019 to do just that!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I’d love to be able to be at the forefront of showing off what VR technology can do in order to help it become more mainstream and less niche!

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

My setup has been limiting what I can do because it takes up part of my living room and is *extremely* temporary. But, thanks to this grant, I can create a dedicated green room/streaming space in a second bedroom. Also, with some of the quick movements I do in VR, the webcam I’ve been using for years doesn’t have the quick frames I need ­— so things often show up blurry — but with a DSLR, this should fix the problem for crisp frames and higher quality content!

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

It means so much to know that there are people who believe in me and validate what I’m doing. When I started getting into VR, I feared that it might be too niche and that no one would care. But I quickly realized that when you become strongly dedicated to your interests, people will come to you!

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

Niching down even further, women are especially under-represented in VR! There are very few women VR content creators, developers, etc. out there. I want to be a positive role model that, yes, ladies can kick butt in VR, too!

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

Self-doubt. A loooot of self-doubt. Sometimes if I had a bad day — numbers-wise — I’d ask myself if what I’m doing really matters, if anyone cares in the grander scheme of things. But I think it’s really important to hold on to those things you love. If you are dedicated enough, you’ll keep pushing through.

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

Don’t just stick to one platform! Use multiple — but create most of your content on the one that seems to be working best for you.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I have an online board that I check back in on from time to time with goals on where I’d like to be on different platforms, in terms of numbers, types of content, etc. Receiving really nice YouTube comments, and having people come over to Twitch from YouTube to tell me that my tutorials have helped them, is also extremely motivating.