@GamingWithGwen, 26 – FUNDED

Streaming is much like an artistic escape for @GamingWithGwen. Not only has this BroadcastHER Grant recipient found the platform to be a way to share her artistic abilities, it also is a getaway from her jam-packed everyday life that includes being a full-time college student and mom. She wants other women to know that even if they have other things going on in their lives (like she does!), they can still embrace the amazing gaming and streaming community.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want my platform to inspire other females who want to start streaming, but who don’t know where to start.

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

It will help me continue my studies, but also enjoy streaming again.

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

It means that I can stream and not have to worry about things as much as I do now.

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

I really think that female gamers are rare because a lot don’t want to be made fun of. I know when I first started gaming online, I never spoke because I was nervous of what others might say. After a while, I just ignored it and enjoyed myself. I think that the gaming industry has come very far in improving characters for females.

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

I’ve gotten a lot of hate mail and harassment and have just felt incredibly discouraged. 

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

Be yourself, always. Don’t ever put on a fake persona; viewers like someone who is genuine. 

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I think about my five- and 10-year-old daughters. My 10-year-old plays video games, and she absolutely keeps me on my feet.