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@bluerosetori, 28 – Funded

“I want to do the hard work because I know that I can handle it and hopefully will make it easier for other women who come up after me,” says bluerosetori (she/her). Read on to learn more about this inspiring JBL Quantum Grant winner.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I want to open doors for other trans women and help show them that we deserve a space in gaming/esports.

How will this award from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? 

It will help me to elevate the work that I do and put out there!

What does being a 1,000 Dreams Fund – JBL Quantum Grant recipient mean to you? 

It means so much! I have never been awarded a grant before and to do so really makes me feel seen and welcomed in this space.

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

Normalize our presence! There is no biological difference between men and women in gaming and anyone that believes so has a fragile ego.

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

When I went to my first local I almost left without saying anything to anyone until I saw two women warming up together. Without them and their visibility, I think I would have been too scared to be a woman in a space like that. Even now, being a little more established in the greater community, I feel like I must work so much harder to prove myself and get the recognition I deserve compared to my male peers.

What advice do you have for women who want to work in the gaming or esports industry? 

Don’t take no for an answer. If someone shuts a door in your face, you need to prove yourself and show them why they should be begging for you to be a part of an event. Put the work in and know that you are always welcome.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

By reminding myself that I’m trying to blaze a path for other women to follow in broadcast and production. I want to do the hard work because I know that I can handle it and hopefully will make it easier for other women who come up after me.