@HeyDaneisha, 27 – Funded

A mix of horror and cozy/casual games is what you can expect with HeyDaneisha (she/her). This JBL Quantum Grant winner wants everyone to feel welcome and is inspired by content creation.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I would love to be able to help cultivate a space where everyone feels welcomed to be their true self. My dream would be to curate content for social media on a developer’s or publisher’s page.

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

This award will help me pursue the improvement of my own content creation through courses, webinars, and equipment.

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

This announcement came at a time where I was feeling really low. Not only has this grant helped me in bettering myself for my goals, but it has helped me see the good in a dark place.

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

We can change this by opening ourselves up to proper representation. We have to start being ourselves and not dulling our shines for the sake of fitting in.

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

Learning to find my voice and confidence has been a really big challenge, especially in more toxic gaming communities.

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

Nobody knows you better than yourself. Trust yourself for your limits; push yourself when it counts, but also take the time you need.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

My husband is my biggest supporter in life, and he helps me stay motivated for my end goal.