@sockswithacoffeecup, 26 – FUNDED

Variety streamer @sockswithacoffeecup dabbles in video games (specifically Overwatch!), D&D, editing, and more. The BroadcastHER Grant recipient  likens the win to “the wish you get after seeing a shooting star!”

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to create a safe and inclusive space where everyone can come and relax.

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

It will let me upgrade my space and pay for software and products that let me continue to stream and make content while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It genuinely means the world to me. It gives me a chance to breathe and not stress over whether I can afford a new chair or Adobe Creative Suite — things that can help make my dreams come true.

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

We can do better. We can uplift women who are already in these spaces and break down the barriers of entry that may be preventing women from even considering getting into e-sports, gaming, or broadcasting. We need to call out misogyny, create safe spaces for women and non-men, and give more opportunities to those who could make waves if only they were given the chance.

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

I’ve faced a lot of disrespect from men — while also being told that women have it easier. It’s also challenging when people don’t respect my pronouns or decide that I don’t know what’s best for me — or try to bring me down because they don’t see the worth I see in myself.

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

Just start. It might seem scary; it might be difficult; but just go for it. You miss 100% of the shots you never take, so take this one. You’ll learn so much more from starting, trying, and failing than from never giving it a go at all.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

My friends help — and spite is a big motivator, as well. Those who support me give me the motivation to go and do, and those who don’t think I can just fuel the fire that’s already there. Knowing that I do deserve to be in spaces that have traditionally been focused on cis men motivates me to keep going, so maybe other women and non-men will have an easier time getting started.