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DazedDreams, 23 – FUNDED

Currently, DazedDreams is an esports observer, specializing in VALORANT. Throughout her esports observing career, this BroadcastHER Academy winner says she has been fortunate to be part of some of the best VALORANT events: VCT Game Changers, VCT North America, VCL North America, and creator tournaments like the OfflineTV VALORANT Invitational.

What is your dream in esports and gaming?

I would love to create developmental opportunities and programs for marginalized genders in esports broadcasting!

What does being the BroadcastHER Academy winner, which includes a $1,000 grant and all-expense-paid visit to the HyperX Esports Arena to shadow, mean to you and how will it help you reach your goals?

Being chosen for the fellowship gives me a lot of confidence in myself. I will be using this opportunity to fund community college courses in project management and learn more about what makes a good project manager.

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

I think there are a lack of opportunities for marginalized genders in esports, specifically networking activities.

When I first started out in esports production, there were very few non-men VALORANT observers. I started an observing program in hopes to have more representation. More importantly, I was able to recommend observers to different production companies.

As a result, these individuals were able to develop their skills, network with potential employers, and eventually, recommend other non-men observers like I did with them.

What are you most inspired by when it comes to creating encouraging content for young women and femmes in gaming, broadcasting, and esports?

I’m inspired by other people achieving their dreams! Esports can be a very unstable industry, so it’s inspiring to see others putting in their full effort — especially when it feels like there isn’t a space to thrive.

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

My biggest challenge was getting my foot in the door (still is a challenge for project management).

I’m very blessed to have met my mentor who guided me and put their faith me. I’m lucky to have colleagues who root for my success and are genuinely happy when I get an opportunity — even if they didn’t get it themselves.

There have been times when people undermine my expertise and where I had to fight for equal pay and more. But the people I’ve met have been more than amazing.

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

Reach out to people! A lot of people are willing to help. I’m more than willing to help, too! I may not be into streaming, but I do know some great resources that can guide you to the right direction. Feel free to send me a message on Twitter @DazedDreamx!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

That’s a hard question to answer! I remember that time will always pass by — regardless of if I work toward my goal.

Moreover, goals take a long time to accomplish. Developing new skills and seizing opportunities are time-consuming activities that operate on their own schedule. I try to give myself grace when I feel like I’m not accomplishing enough. As a result, this allows me to stay motivated and focused.