@jadegalexandria, 21 – FUNDED

Jade Edwards is a writer and narrative designer (and cat wrangler and coffee chugger!) who is interested in the storytelling qualities of different kinds of media. The JBL Quantum Grant winner is also a gamer (naturally!) and she loves hiking, long car rides, and explaining the etymology of words. You can connect with her on Twitter at @jadegalexandria.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I want to work as a narrative designer for a game with a strong Twitch/esports following.

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

I will be able to invest in educational programs that broaden my horizons — and upgrade my gaming setup!

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

It serves as an amazing reminder that there is a supportive network of female and non-binary folx in the industry who are committed to empowering one another.

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

Hold each other up! Empower, enlighten, and support one another as we all journey toward our achievements. Never view someone else’s success as your failure and always use your success to aid others.

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

I have been underestimated, undermined, and under-appreciated throughout my journey. I have had men question my right to be in gaming and question my ability to do my job.

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

Give yourself permission to learn. You’re not a poster child — you can and will fail, and you deserve mercy and patience as you find your way.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I think about all the people who helped me be where I am today. I know that if I continue, I can be that mentor for someone else.