@emmuhline, 20 – Funded

Video games have always been a major aspect of @emmuhline‘s life. “They have shaped who I am today and how I socialize with others,” says this JBL Quantum Grant winner. “I would love to make my mark on the gaming community.”

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

My dream in gaming is to be able to meet and socialize with the online community through streaming! If I am able, I would also like to join an esports team and compete professionally!

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

It will allow me to create quality content and focus my energy on what I love the most: gaming!

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

I am honored and proud of myself for having received this grant and I look forward to what these funds will enable me to pursue in my gaming career!

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

Women have always been underrepresented in gaming and esports because of the stereotypes of the typical gamer. I believe that to claim our safe space within this community we must build each other up and encourage one another to defend women’s role in gaming. After all, women can be just as kick-ass in gaming and esports as any man, it is just more difficult to break into the community.

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

I have faced many challenges in my gaming career. Growing up playing FPS games on a console, I was always the target of sexist comments and disruptive actions by teammates and enemies alike. I also struggled when I tried to begin my streaming career as I was trolled often and threatened for “not being a real gamer” while also being overly sexualized by audience members who wanted me to show more.

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

Keep your head up. Some days will be more challenging than others, but persistence is key. If this is your dream then no matter the obstacles you must overcome, the reward for achieving this dream is well worth it.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I try to remember the good times I’ve had as well as how far I’ve already come! Recognizing personal growth is a great motivator for me as is reflecting on this progress and where I can better myself from this point forward.