@makaylynn, 22 – Funded

makaylynn (she/her) loves playing Rocket League, Valorant, and League of Legends, but her primary objective as an influencer is to bring joy, laughter, and a sense of community to her audience. “I’m trying to grow a welcoming and safe community,” says this JBL Quantum Grant winner.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I hope one day that being a streamer, content creator, and influencer can support me enough that I can commit to them as my job.

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

Receiving this award will help me network and connect at events for gaming. It will also help me improve my equipment, which is amazing as one of my goals one day is to become a streamer, content creator, or influencer full-time.

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

It means the world to me as I feel my efforts are being recognized and valued. This will also provide me with room for growth and improvement, while I continue to accomplish my goals.

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

First, we can support one another. I have seen too many occasions where women are attempting to break each other down. We can challenge, address, and confront gender bias and stereotyping. I think that the 1,000 Dreams Fund is already a safe and inclusive space for women, however, I wish other companies would do the same.

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

Most women in the gaming environment are used to being slandered or disrespected in games. I am a victim of this and have often not been taken seriously. I hope that, one day, I can inspire other women in the community to not stand for this mistreatment and stereotyping.

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

I’d recommend beginning to network and connect with others. I would also recommend focusing on themselves and their goals while ignoring others’ opinions — so that it doesn’t get to them. People generally have a lot of negative things to say about women in the working field, especially in gaming and esports. Women need to support one another!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I stay motivated and focused on my goals by finding others to ground me and support me throughout my endeavors. I set challenges for myself to overcome as I am very competitive.