@ckcurry, 21 – FUNDED

Maybe you’ve heard of a sports psychologist, but did you know there are also mental health professionals that specialize in esports?! That’s precisely the path @ckcurry wants to take — and, when she’s not studying, you’ll probably find this JBL Quantum Grant winner playing games with her friends.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I want to pursue a career in esports psychology.

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

It will help fund my schooling. I also look forward to networking and learning from other women in the industry.

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

It is such an honor to be one of the recipients for a brand-new program that empowers women. It encourages me to continuing chasing my dreams and it makes me feel incredible to be among 29 other beautiful women breaking boundaries in a male-dominated industry.

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

For the longest time, women have been underrepresented here. But, with some recent events, women have been breaking barriers and boundaries. For example, Valkyrae recently became co-owner of 100 Thieves. We can continue this progression for women by continuing to support and love the women who are already in the industry. With our support, they will be able to open more doors for others to follow in their footsteps.

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

Like many other women in the gaming industry, most of my challenges have come from the male community. They consistently feed into the stereotypes with their remarks, making me and other countless women uncomfortable and ashamed to be a part of the community. Thankfully, as time goes on, these experiences are decreasing because a handful of males are now celebrating and supporting females and their accomplishments.

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

Never be afraid of rejection. People are going to reject the unfamiliar; however, that doesn’t mean you are incapable. Failure is just a step to success!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

As much as consistent, hard work is important to staying focused and motivated on my goals, I believe taking breaks is just as important for the mind to rest and recover. Whether it is taking naps, going to the gym, or bingeing your favorite show, all are valid ways for the mind to breathe!