badgirlreezie, 26 – FUNDED

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, badgirlReezie works in esports marketing, casting, and content creation — and with the Oklahoma City Chargers, the flagship esports organization in Oklahoma City! This BroadcastHER Academy winner says: “the overall fellowship is a dream come true to help further my career in esports.” Learn more about her right here.

What is your dream in esports and gaming?

I want to see more women who look like me involved and taking charge in the esports and gaming world!

What does being the BroadcastHER Academy winner, which includes a $1,000 grant and all-expense-paid visit to the HyperX Esports Arena to shadow, mean to you and how will it help you reach your goals?

The grant is amazing to help fund bill expenses for conventions that I like to attend so I can connect with more women in esports.

The mentorship and trip to the HyperX Arena itself is AMAZING and I can’t wait to personally connect with leaders in this space. Online programs are great but nothing beats going in person and getting the behind the scenes to truly take notes on how to succeed in esports!

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

We can support women in esports with programs such as the BroadcastHER Academy fellowship, providing women in esports with financial support, helping women acquire the proper gear and equipment to succeed, and hiring women to take charge of esports programs!

What are you most inspired by when it comes to creating encouraging content for young women and femmes in gaming, broadcasting, and esports?

I’m inspired by the generations that will follow behind me and those who helped pave the way to where we are now. I want to help create a safe space and opportunities in esports for girls such as as my 13-year-old sister.

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

The hatred of bigots who don’t believe women — especially women of color — belong in esports. It can be tough speaking up and I’ve faced lots of backlash for pushing to see those like me in esports. Sexism, racism, homophobia, and many other horrible phobias are still very much an issue in esports.

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

Find a mentor in the space and don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Take notes — and take leaps of faith when an opportunity arises. And be yourself! Those are the big tips I would give to any woman starting in broadcasting!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

My family, close friends, and community! I have always been a people pleaser and someone who likes to take care of others. Being able to have a platform to help others is a dream and continues to motivate me. I can wake up, make a positive encouraging statement, and maybe help a young woman in esports that day!