@Erezebeta, 32 – FUNDED

Although she currently works in animal welfare (in addition to her stream!), @Erezebeta was formerly a makeup artist. So, naturally, cosplays are her jam. This BroadcastHER Grant winner prefers the term dislabeled to disabled — how beautiful is that!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I’m working towards creating a humorous environment that helps bridge creating cosplays with gameplay!

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

I’ve been working with the bare minimum for two years. Any of my upgrades have been generously donated through my community. This grant allows me to upgrade my graphics which will prevent our streams from crashing! It will also help with some much-needed audio tech!

What does being the recipient of the BroadcastHER Grant mean to you?

To be honest, it felt really good to see the work I’ve been doing for the last two years be recognized by an organization like 1DF. To say I felt empowered would be an understatement!

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

Support each other! I’ve made friends with some women through Twitch that I am SO thankful for! We have to remain united, positive, and keep pushing through to show how much of the demographic we actually represent!

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

Finding the right gaming community was the first challenge. Building your own community within a community is quite a struggle. It takes time, consistency, and dedication. I’ve had negative experiences as a woman in the gaming field, but I’ve had more positive ones that trump all of the bad tenfold!

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

You come first. Your mental health. Your energy limitations. All of those are first. When you start streaming, it will be fun and exciting but there will be times where you only have five viewers. It happens to everyone. Just know that if you really love it, and you continue to evaluate your content, you will grow!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

My community honestly keeps me there when I’ve felt I couldn’t be; I’ve had a lot of personal struggles in the two years I’ve been streaming.