@Konnichi_, 26 – FUNDED

UK-based artist @Konnichi_ loves creating work inspired by monster girls and video games! On her channel, this BroadcastHER Grant winner enjoys chatting about art, gaming, Pokemon, animals, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, theme parks and animatronics, prop making and crafts.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to connect with those who love creating digital art and provide help and tutorials for those wanting to get into the industry. I also want to create a positive, welcoming community with an open-arms approach to talking about mental health.

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

It will allow me to purchase equipment to help expand my knowledge in digital art. I will be able to provide tutorials and information on different programs and software as well as provide a better experience in my streams.

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

I am so grateful and excited. Seeing more women in broadcasting has been a huge inspiration to me in growing and building my content, and I hope that I will grow to inspire others wanting to get into broadcasting, too!

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

Providing education for broadcasting skills can really help encourage women to want to pursue this as a career. I’ve noticed from speaking to women who want to get into the industry that confidence and anxiety are common issues. I think it’s important that, as broadcasters, we speak openly about the things we may be dealing with or have overcome to show that others can do it, too.

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

I have suffered from terrible anxiety for as long as I can remember. It took me years to want to start putting my name and face out there. I began streaming as a way to improve my confidence, and I’m proud to say that even though I still deal with my issues, streaming has helped me to no end. I have learned that I can do anything if I put in the work and effort, and I plan to keep pushing forward.

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

Do it!!! Find women in a similar field to what you want to broadcast in, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! By working together we can all grow.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I like to remind myself how much I enjoy what I’m doing. Sometimes it can be hard to start a stream or create content, but remembering how enjoyable the experience is can be a huge push! And always remember to take time for yourself. Nobody wants to experience burnout, and taking time to either do your hobby or just chill can be a huge help at avoiding it!