@Freya_Haze, 31 – Funded

If you asked Freya_Haze (she/her) to describe herself, she might tell you artist, design maven, brand manager, tournament organizer, freelance consultant, former competitive gamer, and more! But, what this BroadcastHER Grant winner is also passionate about is fighting for equal opportunities for marginalized genders.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to one day be able to help run international LAN events for marginalized genders.

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

This grant will help me to pay for travel to future events, so that I can continue to network with other tournament organizers in the industry.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

Being a recipient of the BroadcastHER Grant is an incredibly important moment to me because for the first time in a long time it has felt like I am truly being recognized for my efforts within the space.

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

Keep giving these players the spotlight they deserve — and keep giving them opportunities to grow and improve.

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

Harassment, death threats, being barred from entry into many gaming spaces because I wasn’t “one of the boys,” hardly ever have I been taken seriously… to name a few. I’ve generally been underpaid or not paid at all for positions I worked, too — and all that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.

All in all, I’ve had to have a really thick skin going through all of it — and more often than not, I found myself taking on the heat so that other women and trans-women in the space wouldn’t have to.

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

Stay strong. We’re a long way away from being treated as equals in this space, but don’t let it stop you. Keep showing up. Keep showing audiences why we deserve to be here the same as anyone else.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I have the opportunity to look at how all the work I’ve done in the past has created present and future opportunities for others in the space. Seeing what an amazing impact those things has had on people’s lives keeps me going. It doesn’t matter in my mind whether or not I’ve been credited or given any recognition for creating those opportunities for people, what matters to me is that I get to know I made it possible.

I want to keep creating opportunities for others in the future that I didn’t get to have in the past.