@munchkindoom, 37 – Funded

Variety content creator, advocate, and full-time mom munchkindoom (she/her) loves working with brands to improve inclusive diverse images of gamers around the world. She gravitates to survival games, simulation, and management games but will play whatever her heart desires!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My biggest dream is to continue to show the world and my daughter that gamer girls come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. My career has proven that we can exist in this space in many ways and have tons of talent to offer the world. We are more than faces in a crowd and will be physical examples of what chasing your dreams look like.

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

The award will allow me to dive back headfirst into full-time content creation while allowing me to explore additional content creation opportunities that secure financial stability. I currently have a broken camera that limits my ability to do off-stream content. With this grant, I can push past that limitation! It’s also a huge confidence boost in the type of content I create, as many creators can agree that when you don’t feel as confident, you don’t feel the content is truly your best.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It means that the step I took on faith was the right one. I have always supported and cheered others on in this space, and asking for help for myself is rare. I can now breathe a bit easier and know that something that was once looming over my head for now over a year is resolved! I can now fully embark on my next content journey and share my motherhood content with those inside and outside of this space — while taking everyone along for the ride! Get ready!

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

Always practice equal pay structures and work with people because they have talents and gifts. Most of the underrepresented are severely underpaid or overlooked because of the age-old practice of CCV (concurrent viewers) versus impact.

The change I ask everyone to bring about is working with influencers because they add authentic value to campaigns and events. I ask that people are paid fairly for their level of involvement and for brands to understand that our price is indeed our price. We shouldn’t have to accept working 10 times harder to accept a quarter of the pay while being told to smile for the camera.

One day, I wish to see many women in this space have the same opportunities and pay as our male counterparts. One day, the scale will become much more even when it comes to financial stability and earnings.

BroadcastHER already helps by teaching women tools and providing resources that help them navigate this space a bit easier, as well as hosting a community of women willing to help each other.

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

Some of the challenges I have faced in this space would be rebuilding my brand TWICE after losing it to platforms and giving birth to my first child. After losing two platforms with a combined 30K in following as well as leaving the space to achieve my top personal goal (becoming a mother), it can be ROUGH to pitch myself to newer brands who aren’t familiar with my past work or rely on current CCV information.

Although I have been on different stages raising awareness about women in gaming, partnered with top brands, and participated in big activations, the bottom line hasn’t been about my work ethic, it has been about numbers and what can brands get from me.

As a woman in this space, I often felt overlooked and undervalued; being a POC also added to that. Funny enough, these “challenges” are motivators for me to show up and show out continuously and haven’t completely stopped me from enjoying what I do.

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

START! That answer seems small, but every woman who has made it in this industry did something: They STARTED. You can do your research about this space, enjoy the content and company of other women within various communities, and brainstorm every day about how you want to take this head-on, but know YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED!

Every day that you wait to start your journey is another opportunity missed — another day you spent fearing the unknown. I feel we fear the THOUGHT of something new more than DOING something new. Please understand that knowing your path in this space is important, but never walking is a dream deferred.

So, stop fussing trying to find the perfect color scheme, searching for the best logo, or using all of the top equipment, when you haven’t even started the walk. It will come with time. Trust me.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

My main motivation is to be able to show my daughter that I still chased my dreams and goals while raising her. Many people believe that once you have kids your dreams are over, when in my eyes, the work has just begun. I want to be able to show her through my work that she can exist and create in any space she should choose in any season of her life. Revealing to her that her inner potential can shine brighter than any unfair limitation placed upon her — while showing the same to all women watching me — will always drive me to push further and stay focused.