@Maurisha_McSavage, 30 – FUNDED

“Women joining together in their expertise and passion is an undeniable force,” says @Maurisha_McSavage. As a top 3% Warzone Player, this BroadcastHER Grant winner is also the founder of Sista Shootas — and a fan of snacks, games, chats, and music!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to be trusted face within the gaming, entertainment, and e-sports industry. I want to represent Black women who are creative and passionate about creating a safe space for content creators to thrive.

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

This award will help me expand my variety streaming capabilities. An upgraded PC means upgraded content in the future. You can do a lot with less, but you can do so much more with expanded opportunities.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It is the ultimate imposter syndrome reality check! Being among so many other phenomenal women just makes me feel that my hard work, creativity, and artistic integrity are not going unnoticed. This is a huge moment in my gaming and content career, and this community gets to see how this grant is going to be the start of something amazing.

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

BroadcastHer, Sista Shootas, The Noir Network, and the gameHERS app are amazing connections when it comes to giving women a platform in this underrepresented space. Actively creating a safe space for women to excel allows for the expansion of our success within these spaces and beyond.

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

Black women are often silenced when it comes to speaking for ourselves and protecting the ideas that we create. For centuries, any woman that has presented herself as confident or intelligent has often been perceived with negative connotation — that she is maybe aggressive or intimidating.

Women, especially Black women are heavily monitored — whether it’s our hair, fashion, or vernacular. My biggest challenge is actively trying to change the dialogue when it comes to what women wear in the gaming space. We are often boxed or penalized for dressing in comfort while males can wear anything without being scrutinized.

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

Stay true to your ideas. And from a fellow theater kid: “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” -William Shakespeare

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

The best way I stay motivated is sleep, music, and seeing the fruition of previous goals come to life. The moment I can cross something off my list gives me complete bliss.