@ShamBamTYMaam, 35 – FUNDED

@ShamBamTYMaam (she/they) is a comedian, variety streamer, and self-proclaimed “drunk karaoke enthusiast” — and always wants to make people smile. Here’s what else this BroadcastHER Grant winner has to say.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I wish to make people smile and create a space for people like me to be themselves without judgment.

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

First, it will help me upgrade my streaming PC. I have been having so many issues with it. I also plan to use some of this grant to pay for my trip to Pax East to give me a chance to network with more streamers and companies!

What does being a recipient mean to you?

I’m so glad that I have a chance to have my voice heard — and get a chance to show people like me that they, too, can do it!

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

We need to get LOUDER! We need to let it be known that we are here and we are NOT going anywhere.

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

Being in the gaming industry, we aren’t taken as seriously because it’s a “man’s world.” We also have to deal with either being put at the bottom of a barrel or on a pedestal because we are women. I just want to be treated equally as a HUMAN.

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

Protect your energy and don’t stop.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Making people smile has always made me smile.