@frozenflygone, 24 – FUNDED

You can call her court, frozen, or flygone for short, but the list of everything that @frozenflygone does is long! She’s a Celeste speedrunner, custom map maker, Super Mario World Kaizo player, lover of all things Pokémon, and more. But, most of all, the BroadcastHER Grant winner hopes to bring sunshine to people’s days when she streams.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to bring sunshine into people’s days when they visit my stream. As a queer woman, I want to show that I am proud of who I am and my place in the gaming sphere. I am passionate about organizing and participating in charity speedrunning events, as they bring together talent to make the world a better place — one run at a time.

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

This grant will fund the purchase of a new streaming computer! I currently share my streaming laptop with my partner and am limited to streaming when he is home. Buying a new computer will upgrade my streaming performance and availability to help grow my channel.

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

I am so proud to be a woman in gaming, and being a BroadcastHER grant recipient reaffirms my efforts to be a successful streamer. I started streaming nine months ago, and I am so proud of how I have grown as an entertainer and content creator. Thank you to 1,000 Dreams Fund for giving me the opportunity to continue to reach for my dreams as a streamer.

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

In order to increase representation of women in gaming, we can provide opportunities for women to be in the spotlight and lift up other women. I am part of an all-women’s speedrunning event called Frame Fatales, where we specifically spotlight women and nonbinary streamers on the Games Done Quick channel. This event has brought in hundreds of women into the speedrunning scene and created our own supportive and inclusive community.

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

Many problems I face stem from the idea that women cannot be as good at gaming as men. I am constantly feeling the need to “prove myself” to others as skilled and hardworking. This feeling has led me to burnout in the past, so I try to focus on improving my skills for myself, and not others.

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

Jump in! Don’t be afraid to ask questions; there are so many wonderful women who would be happy to help you along the way. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my friends and fellow women streamers.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I stay motivated by setting realistic goals for myself. I want to continue having fun, so I focus on games and events that bring me joy when I stream them. It’s important to recognize when to move on from something if it is frustrating or making you unhappy!