@RogueMorningstar, 21 – FUNDED

Natasha Rose, who goes by RogueMorningstar, has big dreams not only for herself in the gaming space, but also for the world of digital broadcasting. The BroadcastHER Grant recipient hopes to help break the negative stereotypes against female gamers in this space and boost their representation so that she and her fellow females are judged fairly by their gaming skill — and their skill alone. See what else she has to say here.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I hope that people will eventually watch my stream for my skills and not my gender.

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

This grant goes a long way in helping get basic equipment to start my streaming career. Gaming, especially trying to do it professionally, is very costly and requires decent equipment. Thanks to the grant, I’m able to get decent gear to start off!

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

Starting a career in streaming can be discouraging. For me, being a grant recipient is more than just a financial boost. It means being acknowledged for your stream and being encouraged to continue.

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

I think the idea that ‘girls are bad at gaming’ is a hugely to blame for this. My goal is to help break that stereotype myself one day. Also, I find that girl streamers are often not taken seriously when they play games. I believe that in order to change, there must be more professional girl gamer icons who are praised for their skills rather than their looks.

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

As mentioned earlier, anyone who starts streaming at first will probably find it discouraging. It’s awkward to talk to yourself when there is no one watching your stream and when someone does come along and leaved shortly afterward, your heart sinks a little and you ask yourself ‘what did I do wrong?’ At some point, I decided I didn’t care how many viewers I had, I just wanted to enjoy the game and hone my skills. If people stop by and say ‘hi,’ that’s awesome. if they don’t, it’s perfectly fine, as well. 

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

Have fun. After all, what’s the point in doing it if you don’t enjoy it.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

My biggest motivation is my passion. I love playing video games — and my dream to eventually making a career out of this is what keeps me pushing forward.