@RoseOfBattle, 29 – FUNDED

When @RoseOfBattle isn’t playing Nintendo games and focusing on fostering a socially conscious community, she loves reading, writing, and watching anime. The BroadcastHER Grant winner also has her own version of a green thumb — as a fake plant grower! She focuses on community, being socially conscious

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to continue building an uplifting community, to do what we can to help people who need it, and to help give people a reason to laugh and smile at the end of a hard day. My motto is to keep growing.

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

It will help me upgrade my camera, so that I can have a crisper and more professional image.

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

The grant itself is amazing, but I also really value being a part of a community that uplifts women and nonbinary femme creators.

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

At the end of the day, we have to find and make our own communities when we’re excluded or gate-kept from the mainstream. We have the power to be one another’s hype squad or cheerleaders as well as to help one another when we’re having trouble. It’s even more important that we recognize ways some of us benefit from other privileges (being white, cisgender, and/or straight) and take the opportunity to boost people who may not have as much of a voice, or just to show our support.

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

I’ve been objectified on stream while live, which was really frightening the first time it happened. I’ve been objectified plenty of times in person from early puberty on, but having a camera pointed at my face and giving a real-time reaction to people’s comments in my stream shook me in ways I didn’t process until after I ended my stream. I’ve had to block whispers due to harassment, and people have used me being a woman to criticize my work while I’ve been in multiple industries (journalism and publishing).

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

Find your people. Find your community. Figure out what your boundaries are early, but don’t be afraid to revisit them and change them as needed. I really appreciate my mod team who sometimes delete comments before I even see the nastiness!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

My problem is that I often want to do EVERYTHING but am only one person and can’t do it all! But I’m mainly inspired by other people and find that being friends with other creators, streamers, and fun people (I’m also a cosplayer and have many friends in the cosplaying community doing cool things) gets me excited, too.