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@MsPlaced_, 35 – Funded

Army veteran and gamer msplaced_ wants to help bridge the gap between gamers, consumers, companies, organizations, and pro players. This BroadcastHER Grant winner has also been a 1DF Dream Team member!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is show that it doesn’t matter what age you are, who you know, or where you come from, you can still get to where you want to be in life. I want to be able to show that I did it — and I want to be able to guide people who don’t exactly have a concrete path to get there, or at least give them valuable information that will help.

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

This help me work towards the accolades that I’m trying to achieve. I am trying to break through, so I can grow. I see so much potential in esports/gaming as a whole!

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It means that I am seen. I put myself out there and I was myself.

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

As women, we should work on opening more opportunities for other women and not keep them to ourselves — especially when we know other amazing people that would be great fits.

For organizations, companies, and more that know that women are underrepresented in their space, they have to acknowledge this and start taking action to balance the scale — without kicking out counterparts who earned their spot just as well. We can work to achieve goals together.

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

I haven’t been able to access opportunities because others have bigger audiences than me — or I lack the technical knowledge that is sometimes needed. Also, not looking the part that some want or talking like others want me to talk has been a challenge. My work schedule through the week also can hinder some great opportunities.

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

Don’t be afraid to ask questions — and, if there is an opportunity to try to do something, definitely reach out!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

My mind and body know where I am at now is not the final place I am meant to be. As long as that is how I feel, it is what keeps me motivated. Wanting to help others get where they deserve to be is motivating, too.