@prettyinblue – FUNDED

“I’m a self proclaimed, full-blown, goofy weirdo who enjoys spreading positive vibes,” says @prettyinblue. This BroadcastHER Grant winner is proud of building a diverse, inclusive, loving, and fun community. “We value authenticity; find beauty in uniqueness; and embrace weirdness,” she adds.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to create an inclusive community and safe space for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ gamers; a community that encourages authenticity and inspires people to achieve their goals.

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

This grant allows me to make hardware upgrades that I couldn’t afford otherwise, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. These hardware upgrades will help me deliver a high-quality viewing experience and give my broadcasts a professional edge.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity and am honored to be a part of this program. To be recognized for my work as a broadcaster gives me an amazing sense of validation as a content creator.

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

Women need more opportunities, period. There are so many talented women — especially Black women — in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports, but they don’t get the exposure or recognition they deserve. More opportunities, support, and protection are needed to increase representation for women in this field.

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

As a Black woman, I’ve experienced racism, sexism, and harassment simply for daring to be myself. That’s why it’s so important I build an inclusive community for myself, and people like me, to feel supported and protected in the gaming and broadcasting space.

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

Just do it and be yourself! There are amazing people who will support you and appreciate you — just the way you are! Yes, you’ll encounter trolls, but don’t give up or let anyone steal your joy or dim your light. There are people in the dark waiting for you to shine your light.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I immerse myself in my community. I’m extremely grateful to have a community that pours into me daily. They support, uplift, and accept me just as I am; I literally do life with them! The love and support exchanged between my community members inspires me and serves as confirmation that I’m walking in my purpose. It motivates me to continue growing so others can experience the joy of community.