@PixelSup, 26 – FUNDED

You’ll find Dani P. as @PixelSup on Twitch — but she’ll answer to Pixel or Pix, too. This Utah girl is an indie game developer and concept artist, and she is also currently working on her Master’s degree in Game Art. The BroadcastHER Academy winner loves to share her drawings and other creative endeavors on her stream.

As a game developer, Pix wants to set a positive example and provide inspiration to other emerging female gamers through her art, the games she work on, and her online presence as a content creator. She was lucky enough to have some amazing mentors and peers when she was starting out in this industry, and she ultimately hopes to provide that same support to others.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to inspire more women to enter game-related fields, both as content creators and developers. Representation is how we get more diversity within our industry, and I’ve found that the most effective way to invite that diversity into our ranks is to be a part of the welcoming party.

What does being the BroadcastHER Academy winner, which includes a $1,000 grant and all-expense-paid visit to the HyperX Esports Arena to shadow, mean to you and how will it help you reach your goals?  

It has meant the world to me. Not only does it provide an avenue to keep chasing my dreams in game development, but it has also given me the resources to broadcast my work to a larger audience. With the grant’s support, I can expand my Twitch presence and host more streams focused on game development, art, and advocacy for women within the game industry.

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

We can lead by example and keep offering incentives for women to become involved. In my case as a female game developer, I want to bring awareness to my fellow women within the industry — streamers, developers, and gamers alike. Studios want diversity in their ranks, but the barriers to entry are largely cultural within the gamer sphere. When a girl sees other women in that industry, the industry becomes more welcoming as a whole.

What are you most inspired by when it comes to creating encouraging content for young women in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports

I am inspired by my peers and female streamers out there — both those who I know personally and those who I’ve just followed for years. Seeing representation and quality game content from female creators has inspired me to get involved. In fact, my gateway to game development began with my college director of the entertainment arts and engineering program, who welcomed me into this world and stuck by me through my undergraduate and graduate studies. It’s just another example of that “leading by example” inspiration and I’m so grateful I’ve had strong female role models.

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

Unfortunately, streaming as a female does carry unique challenges and I had to learn some of the lessons the hard way. Fortunately, I was not alone and knew several other women who were involved in streaming and game development. We created a support network and a community to keep our chats moderated, streams bug-free, and even play-tested each other’s games. It’s easy to feel alone when you’re starting out in content creation and to feel like you’re falling behind the curve after a quiet stream. I’m so fortunate for my support network, and I’m looking forward to expanding my audience and stream schedule.

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

You just have to get started; there’s really no such thing as being ready. I know it sounds cliché, but you really do miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. There are a lot of us out here and we’re ready to welcome you into the ranks. I suggest starting with some low-stress games you can play with friends. That way, you don’t feel intimidated that you’re just talking to yourself or an empty chat — it’s just a fun time with friends! Try out things, experiment, and remember to support fellow women. We’re all in this together.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I stay motivated because I am fortunate to have the best support network I could ask for. My friends and family have always had my back and make sure I keep on working towards my dreams. At the very core of things, I still love what I do… even on the rough days. I love games, and I love making them.

Watch pixelsuperhero’s on-stage interview at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas during her BroadcastHER Academy Challenge Trip! from 1000dreamsfund on www.twitch.tv