@infamous_lite, 44 – FUNDED

For @infamous_lite, it’s all about the Pajama Party — but pjs are not required! It’s more about being comfortable and having a good time for this BroadcastHER Grant recipient!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to be an entertainer on this platform and create a place where women feel equal and not afraid to go for their dreams in gaming and/or streaming. I also want to possibly coach people, especially women, on how to deal with trolls and discrimination — or at least be there for them.

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

It will help me get the equipment I need to make some of my ideas come to life. I’ll be able to stream games, interviews, and learning sessions from my PC without it crashing.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It means so much because someone believes in me enough to help me elevate my ideas. I could not ask for a better boost of confidence. It is totally amazing to have even been considered, let alone a recipient. It lets me know someone listened and thinks I can actually do this thing!

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

We can encourage and uplift women to not fear what people may say or think. We can give them the authority to “fight back” against trolls who are trying to bring them down and make them feel unworthy of streaming and gaming.

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

I have been told that I am not a “gamer,” due to being a woman, a mom, and because of my age. It used to deter me from doing what I loved. But I realized that I have as much of a right to be here as anyone else and I started to stand my ground. I did not let others get to me with their mean, derogatory comments — like when they tell me that I sound fat and ugly. I learned not to get mad, which is really the best thing, because the trolls don’t get the reaction they wanted.

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

Do what you need to do to feel comfortable. Try to find some people who can help when things arise. Do not let ANYONE discourage you and do not go through life wondering “what if.”

Also, research can be helpful to ensure that you actually want to put the effort in for your goals—  cam or no cam, games or chatting… there are a lot of options to explore. Talk with people who already broadcast. BUT do not let any of this discourage you, because everyone is different.

Last, but not least, HAVE FUN!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Honestly, my community that I’m building motivates me. Everyone is so diverse from every walk of life and there are some who are ALWAYS there when they can be. I show up for them, too. Also, I want to prove to myself that I can do this and that people want to see me.