@ShmoopleOW, 22 – FUNDED

On her stream, Gwen — @ShmoopleOW — cultivates an LGBTQ+ safe space where she mainly plays FPS. “Knowing that I have been able to bring a little bit of positivity in many people’s lives is what keeps me coming back to inspire more!” says this JBL Quantum Grant winner.

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

I want to become one of the largest content creators and give positive representation for trans women around the world.

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

This award will allow me to continue growing my channel and brand and help reach a larger audience to inspire others.

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

I feel very honored I was chosen out of all the great and talented women who applied. It must mean that I am doing something right so far to warrant this amazing support!

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

I think supporting female content creators in the present will allow for the growth of female content creators in the future. Women need positive role models to reinforce that we are capable of anything, so those who strive to be in the field in the future will know that it is possible.

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

I often feel inexperienced in the field, or like everyone has carved their own path when making a career online. I am sure that I will find my own path in the future, but sometimes it seems that any “direction” as a content creator is very malleable, which is something I am not used to.

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

Be loud and unapologetically you. Don’t let any one person get to you, because they will never understand the full picture. Put your “all” into it and don’t let anyone get in the way!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I’m motivated by the people who have messaged me with very positive comments. They say how me posting online or streaming and playing games helps give them the courage to be themselves or make changes in their life.