@JantessaPlaysAll, 26 – FUNDED

Blasting through stereotypes, JantessaPlaysAll is on a mission to show that women can excel in both STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and gaming. After all, the BroadcastHER grant recipient is doing it — and she wants to celebrate others, just like her, who are using critical thinking and skill to excel across digital platforms.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to showcase women using critical thinking and skill in gaming. I am a woman in a STEM major (computer science/mechatronics engineering), and I want to show that women can excel in both STEM and gaming.

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

My computer was aging and needed to be rebuilt in order to successfully stream while gaming. It can now support streaming, and as a bonus, I can now use it for CAD modeling as part of my school projects!

What does being the recipient of the BroadcastHER Grant mean to you?

I am honored, and I feel that I have a duty to represent women in gaming and STEM fields.

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

We need to show more women in positions of skill and critical thinking. Currently, it is very scary to stream because of sexual harassment and perceived “attention-seeking.” I think if we can show consistently skilled, focused women gamers, we can change the culture to accept women gamers on the same level as men.

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

Fear of harassment is my primary concern. I’ve experienced it plenty WITHOUT even putting my face out there — just in gaming. I’ve seen many other talented women torn down by repeated attacks, as well. A secondary challenge is time. I work full-time as a nurse, and am also going to school full-time for an engineering degree. Good broadcasting calls for a consistent broadcasting schedule, which can be very hard to plan.

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

Talk with your friends. Establish a group that will support and encourage you through your challenges.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I evaluate where I am and where I want to be. I think about how much I want to achieve my goals and go for them daily.