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@Dayloh, 22 – FUNDED

An introvert who loves anime and sometimes acts “goofy,” @Dayloh is all about creating a community with a “cool, energetic vibe.” This BroadcastHER Grant recipient knows it’s important to NOT forget to have fun!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to promote more women of color in technology and gaming careers.

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

It will help in so many ways, including helping me improve my audio and get a larger desk for streaming space.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It means a lot to me. It shows that I can grow and create new and more opportunities for myself and others. It motivates me to work 10 times harder in broadcasting.

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

I would love to see more positivity in the industry to support women. Not much light is shone on our experience and hard work, so giving us more credit and promoting our projects and achievements would be a blessing.

We need to increase diversity in gaming and hire more women, too. We need more representation and to inspire and motivate the next generation to explore gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports.

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

I’m challenged by hate and trolls. A lot of hate becomes super-draining and can hurt your mental health.

But, on a more positive side, a good challenge for me is to ensure my content is entertaining and welcoming for viewers, which is extremely important to me. I take breaks to relax and talk to my close online friends about my experience. Often, I play video games with my friends to keep me cheerful.

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

Start now! I was hesitant to start at first because I did not have the right equipment or the best quality, but you can add upgrades for yourself and the community over time. Start with a small schedule and see if you enjoy the broadcasting career while developing your branding and learning what motivates you!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

It is hard staying motivated when you are alone. I take time to surround myself with my community and friends to talk about fun topics and support each other. It helps so much and motivates me to push out more content.