@Brandykins, 36 – FUNDED

Brandy Clark a.k.a. @Brandykins, has mad love for her community. She readily admits that they support her in whatever ways they can. And, in turn, she wants her stream to be of the best quality to give back to them. The BroadcastHER Grant recipient also wants to help all women, especially broadcasters, embrace their own uniqueness. She makes no excuses for who she is; she doesn’t wear makeup or pretend to be someone she’s not. And, she hopes she can inspire others to celebrate their own individuality — whether that means dressing up, dressing down, putting on makeup (or not), being “bad” or “good” at games, etc. Here’s what else she had to say.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream as a digital broadcaster is to continue, together with my community, to build a space where we can all chill out, talk about our day and other random things, and just be ourselves.

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

The grant will help me to buy a PlayStation 4, so I can bring a more diverse array of content to my community and continue to foster the space we’ve all worked so hard to build.

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

I honestly did not think I would be picked, and when I found out I was one of only 50 awesome ladies who did get selected, I was admittedly shocked. After the shock wore off, I was happy and honored to be chosen.

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

We are all gamers at the end of the day. Gender shouldn’t matter. What should matter are these two questions: Do you like to play games; and do you have fun doing it? As for what we can do to change the underrepresentation, I think that encouragement is one of the things that is needed. We have to encourage women to go for it when it comes to gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports.

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

The challenges I’ve faced have mainly been with insults from the “trolls” who attack my own self-confidence and make me feel like I’m not funny enough, awesome enough, or entertaining enough to be the leader of a community.

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

Go for it! Don’t let any lack of self-confidence hold you back from doing anything you want to do — whether it’s broadcasting or anything else.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I remind myself that goals take time to achieve; they don’t just happen overnight. A goal worth having is a goal worth working hard for!