@semmypls, 27 – Funded

semmypls is a variety streamer, multimedia artist, and social media manager — and this BroadcastHER Grant winner’s number-one rule is “authenticity resonates, and it resonates deeply.” She also loves to cook, draw, voice act, and talk about content creation!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to cultivate an inclusive and engaging community where diverse voices are heard and celebrated. I aim to use my platform to inspire, educate, and entertain, fostering meaningful connections with my audience while contributing to a positive and inclusive digital landscape.

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

It’s a significant boost toward realizing my goals as a content creator! This financial support will empower me to invest in better equipment, enhance production quality, and explore innovative content ideas! My goal is to inspire folks, and this brings me one step closer.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It is a heartfelt experience receiving not just support but a wave of kindness, recognition, and encouragement that touches the soul. I can continue to inspire and help so many people in this community.

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

It’s crucial to foster inclusivity. This involves promoting diverse role models, creating supportive environments, implementing equal opportunities, and offering educational initiatives to encourage more women to participate and thrive in these fields. Additionally, combating stereotypes, challenging biases, and fostering a community that values and celebrates diversity will contribute to a more inclusive landscape.

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

I’ve navigated challenges like breaking stereotypes, combating underrepresentation, and overcoming the occasional bias. It’s been essential to assert my voice and showcase the diversity of talent within the gaming industry.

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

I’d say embrace your unique perspective and the richness it brings to the field. Network with like-minded professionals, seek mentorship, and never shy away from sharing your story. Embrace your uniqueness; authenticity resonates ALWAYS! Learn continuously and build a supportive community. Don’t fear failure; it’s a steppingstone to success.

Lastly, remember that you’re doing this because it’s your passion, and anything you’re passionate about will leave an everlasting impact to so many women in this industry. Your narrative is a powerful tool for inspiring others and challenging industry norms.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

In this dynamic field, staying motivated involves setting clear small goals, continuously refining my skills and hobbies, and celebrating every achievement, big or small! Building a supportive community has been instrumental in staying focused on my passion for game development and communications. Remembering the impact of my work keeps me motivated to push boundaries and contribute to positive change within the industry.