@Poofasa, 22 – FUNDED

Victoria McQuinn, a.k.a. Poofasa on Twitch, has always loved video games for as long as she could remember. And, while this BroadcastHER Grant recipient has long wanted streaming to be a part of her life, she never had the confidence to make the leap online until this year. Fear of ridicule and discrimination might have held her back, but what propels her forward are the wonderful individuals she’s met through her stream and the gaming community.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I hope to become a Twitch Partner to inspire other women to stream and to brighten people’s days!

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

I was able to purchase new equipment which allows me to produce better, more professional content.

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

It has made me feel like I can succeed as a streamer, even when it can feel impossible at times.

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

I think that we need to keep supporting women through grants like this one and provide women with the resources and skills to succeed.

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

Streaming takes a lot of hard work and effort and, at times, you are shot down by people who comment on your looks or the fact that you’re a woman. This makes you feel like success will be filled with hate. But, if you just push past that and look at the positives, it makes it all worth it.

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

Just do it! You don’t know what might happen if you don’t try.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I try to remember that I am worthy of being successful in this industry. I know I have to put in the effort and stay motivated, or why would anyone else be interested in my content!