@RekItRaven, 31 – FUNDED
“Sometimes it takes something big to make us go for our dreams,” says @RekItRaven. “I know what’s it’s like to face fear — fear of failing, fear of being alone, fear of death and even fear of living. I have wrestled with more than a few personal demons since then, but they’re not enough to stop me.”
Clearly, this BroadcastHER Grant recipient is not one to back down from difficult topics during streams — or engage in plenty of good-natured sarcasm.
They also are a fierce advocate for marginalized communities and have founded The Underworld charity team to raise money for those communities.
What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?
I want to be able to lift the voices of other marginalized people through charity, to create safe spaces for those who need it, and to fight for equality in the gaming and content creation space.
How will your award from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals?
It will allow me to further pursue my career, obtain new opportunities, and create content that is more professional.
What does being a recipient mean to you?
Being a recipient means that my goals and aspirations of raising awareness surrounding marginalized communities is that much closer. It also means that, even in those moments of doubt, I am brave enough to push forward and take chances.
Women are underrepresented in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports. What can we do to change this?
Listen… actually listen before reacting. We need to fight for equality in these spaces for women and femme-presenting people — especially since the seedy underbelly of the industry has recently been brought to light. It takes strong voices, but most importantly, we can create new paths to equality by being active listeners.
What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?
As a queer, femme-presenting person of color I have faced so much hate in this space. I have been harassed, trolled, and I’ve endured hate raids. I’ve also been denied opportunities, overlooked, and sometimes forgotten.
What advice do you have for women who want to start broadcasting?
Do it. Be exactly who you are. No one can take that from you. Who you are will attract the people who will become your community. It’s imperative not to try to conform to everyone else.
How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?
I know my mission is and always will be bigger than me and that is a great motivator. I know there are people who I am helping who really need it and keeping that in my mind always helps. I also make sure I schedule my content and meetings and listen to my body, taking breaks when needed!