@hannahfortune, 21 – FUNDED

Twitch streamer @hannahfortune is an artistically minded college student who is also working on a comic and freelancing on the side. You can see more of this JBL Quantum Grant winner’s art on her Instagram page @hannahfortuneart.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I want to create diverse and inclusive casts of characters for games that people will love.

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

I need to get new supplies and software to build my portfolio and learn the skills that I need.

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

I am so thankful for this grant. It means so much to me that my dream meant something to someone else, as well.

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

No matter your identity, you should support your girl friends. Be educated and do what you can. Little things matter.

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

I didn’t have access to the right education for my dream career. So I’ve had to make the best of my own resources, which has been difficult.

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

Never sell yourself short and take every opportunity you get.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

This has been hard for me, but I remind myself of my “why.” I am learning to enjoy the journey as much as I can.