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@MikaZelda, 29 – FUNDED

@MikaZelda hasn’t let any challenges hold her back from pursuing her passion for streaming. The BroadcastHER Grant recipient even streams in accordance with a weekly theme schedule — think Moonie Monday (Sailor Moon — she’s a big fan!), Terrible Tuesday (games that have been rated poorly), Woomy Wednesday (Splatoon), Throwback Thursday (games from the Gamecube era and earlier), and Final Fantasy Friday.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want girls everywhere to know that they can do whatever they want to do, including streaming.

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

It will help me finish my gaming setup, including a new tower and other hardware.

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

This means so much. To receive this at my age proves any woman can stream.

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

Promotion and positivity go a long way. I see a lot of women who are put down for streaming or who are overly sexualized. For the women who do this without vanity — like me (I often stream without makeup on) — it’s discouraging.

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

I’m almost 30; I’m autistic; and I have severe social anxiety. These limitations have made it hard for me to achieve many goals.

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

Just go for it! Ignore all of the stereotypes and criticism, and just do what you love to do!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

My boyfriend is a huge help to keep me motivated and focused as are a few other streamers I call friends.