@raiichuwu, 23 – FUNDED

BroadcastHER Grant winner @raiichuwu also loves to draw in addition to gaming, so you’ll likely see some of her work show up on her stream. She keeps herself motivated with lists of accomplishments, knowing that it’s important to recognize even the smallest strides forward — which ultimately make a big difference in the long run.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to act as a safe space for those needing an escape.

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

It will allow me to stream more games instead of being restricted to a console.

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

It means the world! It means being one step closer to achieving my goals. It means having that chance to help others who really need it.

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

We have to definitely stomp out the insults that women can’t game better, can’t represent better, or that we just can’t. It’s not a competition, and it’s time to move past the mindset that women are not capable.

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

They’ve been mostly personal challenges, but another big issue for me is finances. It’s hard for me to save long-term and reinvest in streaming.

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

Don’t start off shy and quiet. Be loud and expressive, and shrug off the haters.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Something that has helped me a lot has been to make a small list of achievements. The list might consist of doodling for a day, or painting at a Starbucks, or other feats like pushing myself to do 10 games of League despite a loss streak. The fact that I’m getting through this list means I’m getting somewhere mentally, too.