@rhymeswithrage, 29 – FUNDED

You can call her Rhymes! @rhymeswithrage is a tattoo collector (she has 30-plus tattoos!), occasional cosplayer, and cryptid enthusiast. The BroadcastHER Grant recipient is really into crafting, exploration, and story-driven games. Also, she’s always ready and willing to talk about cats. So, tell her all about yours! Her favorite games ever include the Portal series, Bloodborne, Bioshock, and Breath of the Wild.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to make content I’m proud of and that others can enjoy.

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

This grant will allow me to get a new motherboard for my gaming/streaming PC as well as an ergonomic chair for my stream room.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

I am so honored to have been chosen as a recipient. Having my work recognized like this and being able to represent women in broadcasting feels incredibly humbling. The opportunity to upgrade my streaming setup will be an immense help.

I was fortunate enough to work from home for the majority of 2020, but my current gaming chair was not supportive enough to sustain sitting in one spot for 16 hours a day between work-from-home, streaming, gaming, and video editing. I have been experiencing quite a bit of back pain due to this. Securing a replacement motherboard and a new, more supportive chair will take so much weight off of my shoulders and I am very grateful.

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

We need to uplift women any chance we can get. Too many people treat other women in this industry as competition and it does not have to be that way. There are enough audiences to go around, and there are many great opportunities out there for all of us.

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

Finding my niche while keeping sight of myself in the process has been a challenge. Discovering what makes your broadcast special takes time and, after almost three years, I feel like I’ve finally found a nice balance of content I enjoy producing and content that my community enjoys experiencing with me.

Trying to juggle the responsibilities of full-time work, broadcasting, and home life has also been a giant hurdle for me over the last few years. Working a full-time, 40-hour-per-week job on top of content creation isn’t easy or ideal, but it is necessary for me. So, settling into a comfortable streaming schedule and not overexerting myself has been a hard-learned lesson.

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

Don’t be afraid! It’s normal to be nervous. I think we all experience a little bit of stage fright as broadcasters, but don’t let that stop you from dipping your toes into something you’d like to try. There are so many ways to safeguard your vibes, your space, and the eventual community of people who will watch you.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Balance, organization, and being patient with myself have been the three biggest keys to keeping that focus. When I start to feel the onset of burnout, I give myself the grace and time I need before jumping back into my projects. Taking breaks is so important and it’s not talked about enough.