@SheIsBoogie, 30 – Funded

SheIsBoogie (she/her/they) loves playing community games to shake off the stress of rough days while interacting with those who love being themselves. Her community goes by the BoogieMunsters! This JBL Quantum Grant winner wants to be “the pillar of light for young women who want to game and who want to be comfortable in who they are going to be.”

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

My dream is to become the first Black female coach and/or competitor and winner in the ALGS competition.

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

I can finally have my own gaming PC, so I can participate in more tournaments and take it to the next level like I’ve been practicing for the last two years.

What does being a 1,000 Dreams Fund – JBL Quantum Grant recipient mean to you? 

It has powerful meaning to me because there is a little girl everywhere who is looking for someone who looks like her in the gaming world.

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

We must continue to prove ourselves worthy and show them that we are worthy! We need to have esports organizations that are willing to host and hire women in esports and not just on the team as a minority — stat. Also, we can create organizations that allow women to compete and show that we have what it takes to go against anyone that is in our way of success.

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

I’ve faced racism, sexism, and being overlooked as a competitor because I’m a woman on console. I’ve also not been given a chance because I’m a woman — and men neglect my opinion because of my gender.

What advice do you have for women who want to work in the gaming or esports industry? 

Create a safe space to start your growth. This will come in handy when competing may not go right, so you have someone to help you decompress. Keep pushing towards your goals. It’s okay to ask for help. Stay away from all negativity!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I write down my goals every month. I take various mental breaks to help keep me balanced. I also find others like me who want to succeed and watch them as an inspiration, not competition. I also study what it is I’m looking to do and practice.