@chareece, 38 – FUNDED

Although @chareece is a long-time gamer — she has been gaming since NES days! — she is new to Twitch. In her day-to-day life, she is a mother, wife, grandmother (yes, she’s young!) and librarian (she loves to read!). And, this BroadcastHER Student Scholarship winner is also a Moonie For Life! Right now, she is collecting the Eternal Edition Sailor Moon volumes.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to bring joy to my small little corner of the internet. I like to laugh and joke with my viewers and I hope that makes their days a little better.

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

Winning this has helped me upgrade my streaming equipment and make better content (I hope!).

What does being the recipient of the BroadcastHER Student Scholarship mean to you?

It makes all the hard work seem like it’s worth it. It lets me know that my efforts are being seen — and that some people actually enjoy what I do!

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

We must encourage young girls to play and not discourage them. Unfortunately, some people still believe that gaming is for men and boys only. We must change that mindset and show girls that gaming is for everyone.

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

Life has been a challenge (LOL). I have a very active family, a full-time job, and I’m in school. When I started streaming, I was using a laptop that was at least two years old and using my phone to monitor chat. I still have the family and job and school, but I at least upgraded to a desktop!

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

Just do it. You will never know if you’re good at it if you never do it. Yes, you will mess up and, yes, you will have some trolls. But in the long run, it will always be better to have tried than to not have tried.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I stay motivated and focused on goals by celebrating the small things as well as the big stuff. The smaller milestones are just as important and they must be celebrated, too.