@Kenziees, 22 – FUNDED

College student McKenzie Esplin has been streaming on Twitch as @Kenziees for little more than a year, yet she’s already made great strides in building her community of 2,900 followers and counting. Indeed, this BroadcastHER Grant recipient wants to show others that it really is possible to succeed. She’s a variety streamer, but streams Runescape 96 percent of the time and she’s continually blown away by the support she receives.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to grow a community of gamers.

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

It will help me strengthen my streaming equipment.

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

It shows that I’m moving towards my goal.

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

I think each of women as individuals can help positively contribute by showing that we are all moving towards our goals.

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

Moments where I feel like I’m not good enough are always a challenge.

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

Just do it!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Talking to my community helps greatly with keeping me motivated.