@BigScared, 33 – FUNDED

Queer variety streamer @BigScared mostly play horror and cozy games on stream; lately, the BroadcastHER Grant winner has been playing a lot of Dead by Daylight and Phasmophobia. But, she’s also focused on giving back to the community; she would love to raise at least $1,000 for charity in 2021!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to foster a fun and inclusive space that is known for giving back to the community.

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

It enables me to invest in a proper setup for streaming on Twitch; specifically, investing in a new chair and desk. Funds leftover from this will be spent on tech upgrades — things like additional RAM, a stream deck, and/or a higher-quality camera.

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

It’s a tangible measure of my value as a streamer. As someone who is femme, queer, and on the asexual spectrum I have worked hard to create a warm and welcoming environment in my channel. Being selected for this grant means a lot to me because it demonstrates that my values and intentions for the channel are clear to viewers. To be selected for an honor that so many of my role models in streaming have also received means the world to me because it proves that I’m doing exactly what I need to do to create spaces which truly support women, nonbinary folks, POC, and other marginalized folks on Twitch.

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

Include them. Don’t simply reach out to women for Breast Cancer Awareness Week, invite them to play games and share their communities every week. Women of color are particularly marginalized in gaming and e-sports, so being aware of this and working against their exclusion is also key.

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

I’m still relatively new to broadcasting, so aside from lacking in general knowledge, there aren’t a LOT of challenges I’ve faced. My most common issue is having inadequate tech to support the kind of streams I want to have.

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

Don’t be afraid to test the waters. For the first three months, I broadcasted directly from my PS4 so that I could see if it was even something I wanted to invest serious money in. You don’t need a perfect PC build to get started and see if it’s for you.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Ultimately, my community is what keeps me motivated. I spend a fair bit of time planning co-streams and charity events to keep myself excited about content creation, and I’ve found that video editing is a great way to reflect on the types of content I’m creating and what is most successful for the channel.