@BarmaidAlexis, 26 – FUNDED

@BarmaidAlexis believes in the power of a good story — tales of epic adventure, heroism, and exploration. And, that’s exactly the type of content this BroadcastHER Grant winner produces for her medieval minstrel show channel. It’s storytelling — and silly voices — with RPGs and action-adventure video games!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I would like to share unique and different experiences through games, pop culture, and more. And, I want to create a space where people can get excited about the things that make them happy.

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

I am using the funds to help cover travel to TwitchCon 2020. While there, I hope to meet more broadcasters with different perspectives as well as game developers who have a story to tell.

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

It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. It’s very freeing to be able to do things for the stream without worrying about money.

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

I think it’s easy to get people interested in these fields. The problem is keeping women there despite obstacles like harassment, family obligations, and other issues. The best thing we can do is build a good support system for people in these industries.

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

Like a lot of other people who don’t look like the “typical” broadcaster. I struggle a lot with imposter syndrome. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others — even if you rationally know that’s unhealthy.

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

Just start. Whatever it is, you’re not going to be perfect or even good for a while. So why wait?

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

If I’m feeling REALLY unmotivated, I try to step away from what I’m working on, clear my head, and then think about what I want my future and career to look like. Then, getting stuff done becomes much easier.