@luxxxio, 27 – FUNDED

It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for some really cute dogs — lab/boxer mixes — to show up on @luxxxio’s stream.  The BroadcastHER Grant winner works as a social media manager but is also an artist  — and she’s working on transitioning that passion to her full-time gig. You’ll catch her art on her stream as well as games like Destiny 2, Overwatch, Animal Crossing, My Hero One’s Justice 2, and more.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to have a supportive community to connect with over art, anime, and gaming. I want to be able to broadcast full-time for these individuals and share my knowledge with them.

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

This grant is going to enable me to upgrade my streaming setup. I have never had a mic, so it’s super-exciting to be able to improve my audio quality. I’m also hoping to get a backdrop to help alleviate the background chaos of my house since I don’t have a private space to stream. I hope to be able to stream art and gaming with the help of an extra camera and a capture card as well.

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

It means being a part of such an amazing community of individuals striving to reach their goals. It’s amazing, and I’m honored to grow with everyone. I hope I am able to collaborate with other recipients and produce content that shows just how much this grant can mean to helping us develop as streamers.

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

We need to be loud! We need to keep applying and calling on companies to improve their diversity. We need to show that women are just as capable as men in these industries — and I truly believe success in streaming is a step towards showing that.

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

I’ve had no luck securing a position with the dozen or so applications I’ve put in at various gaming companies — despite holding a Master’s degree and having more than enough experience and interest in games. When it comes to streaming, I’ve had a tough time finding success just due to a lack of ability to have consistent and high-quality streams. My streaming from console has been an eternal struggle of technical difficulties and my PC streaming has been limited by my environment. This grant is going to enable me to make the changes I need to improve all of that.

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

First, just start. Even having zero viewers is great — because you get to practice things like sign-offs and sign-ons without making a fool of yourself. You learn how to fill the awkward silence with no witnesses! Second, get involved in a community. Any community. When I started, I was a regular in another streamer’s chat. I was there daily, hanging out and making friends. All of those friends were a huge help in my push for affiliate because they all made sure to follow and watch while I was reaching for that goal. I return this favor every chance I get!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I’m a visual person, so it really helps me to scribble/doodle goals into my planner, set up Pinterest boards, make computer backgrounds, etc. — anything that will allow me to SEE what my goals are and remind me to make some progress and say, “hey, what can I do today?” I also share my goals with others, so they can remind me from time to time.