@iamrebelrebel, 20 – FUNDED

She loves animals and really long walks to the refrigerator. But, mostly, Kira S. — who goes by @iamrebelrebel on Twitch — just loves to play games (the digital ones, naturally). A current student, she’s another one of our 1DF BroadcastHER Academy winners, representing seasoned streamers who are making a positive difference in the industry. Here’s what else she had to say about her life in games.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to be able to work in e-sports and with other Internet personalities to connect and share ideas.

What does being the BroadcastHER Academy winner, which includes a $1,000 grant and all-expense-paid visit to the HyperX Esports Arena to shadow, mean to you and how will it help you reach your goals?  

This grant will help me massively in upgrading my equipment to be able to stream better and create more digital content.

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

We should start educating young girls on careers in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports. We also need to continue changing the culture around women in gaming by creating a more inclusive environment for everyone.

What are you most inspired by when it comes to creating encouraging content for young women in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports

I am most inspired by my younger self because I always thought that it would be a cool career — and here I am pursuing it! And while it is fun, it’s still a lot of work. But, I like sharing ideas with others and want to stay positive and encouraging to them.

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

Some of the main challenges I face are sexism. When playing games for my own enjoyment, I find it hard to own that I am a woman because, no matter what game it is, I’ll get harassed or subjected to comments about my gender. When you work in a male-dominated field like this, you are always being looked down on for the silliest things.

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

Despite any obstacles you face, don’t give up. Be kind — and find ways to give back to yourself and others. The work you put in will give you the results you desire!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I think about where I want to be and how all my hard work will pay off in the long term. I set short goals I want to hit, then I try and push further and further. Seeing my own results keeps me motivated.