@deidre_moon, 30 – Funded

You can usually find @deidre_moon playing Apex, ESO, Red Dead 2, or Gears. This BroadcastHER Grant winner has been gaming since N64 days and loves to play shooters, RPGs, and MMOs.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to create a safe space for other indigenous and LGTBQIA+ streamers and viewers. It’s very important to me that everyone feels safe, comfortable, and respected. I would also love to bring people together and grow the community and help other digital broadcasters with their goals, as well.

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

All funds are being put into a savings account, where it will remain untouched until I have enough to upgrade to a gaming PC. This will help a lot with my broadcasting goals and activities!

What does being a recipient mean to you?

I was absolutely amazed that I was selected. I’ve been applying every year since 2019, so it feels super-awesome to be a recipient. I love what 1DF is doing for women in the gaming/broadcasting industry and being a recipient makes me feel like I’m on the right track! I’m going after my digital broadcasting dream and I’m elated to have the support of 1DF! 🙂

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

I love what you’re doing already, especially hosting All Women Tournaments! I’ve recently participated in the Apex Legends Tournament and I qualified for Finals, so I’m really looking forward to the next games in March. It was my first Apex Tournament, and I’ve been wanting to break out into the Apex Legends comp scene si this tournament helped me with that!

I also think more could be done to help other streamers run charity streams for 1DF, like hold a one-week event (or two- or three-day event) where streamers come together and take turns running the charity stream, while also having the opportunity to be showcased on Twitch’s front page and actively having the support of 1DF (and other streamers) behind them.

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

I already love the safe space and small community that I’ve been able to build. I think the only challenge I face is finding the time to dedicate more attention to bettering and growing my stream. I’m a full-time student with limited time and funds, so I’m unable to do as much as I would like to.

Another challenge I face is finding other girls to play in comp tournaments with — girls who are in the same time zone and understanding of my schedule are difficult to find!

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

We all experience different rates of growth and it’s okay if it takes longer than usual to grow your community. It takes time and a lot of patience! And if you keep that in mind and keep your nose to the grindstone, your broadcasting goals and efforts WILL be recognized!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I keep Post-it notes on my walls of new ideas for my streams as a constant reminder. I also try to keep to a schedule — and when I really have it all together — I actually do create a weekly stream schedule and I post it on my social media accounts.

I love gaming and streaming, so I don’t find it too difficult to stay focused, as I’ll always keep coming back to it. I think it’s important to love what you do.