@sokawaiiwow, 25 – FUNDED

Summer AKA @sokawaiiwow grew up playing video games with her older brother — and she’s had a passion for them ever since. But, this BroadcastHER Grant winner is also a talented graphic design artist — she loves anime! — and is attending college to develop that talent while she streams part-time.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to become a professional graphic designer.

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

The BroadcastHER Grant will help me reach my goals by upgrading my equipment and stream quality, so that I can continue to broadcast and enjoy design and video games.

What does being the recipient of the BroadcastHER Grant mean to you?

I was really thrilled to learn that I was a recipient of this grant. I nearly gave up on my broadcasting dreams and this gave me the motivation and desire to keep moving forward. It has inspired and allowed for me to continue pursuing something that I enjoy, and I believe that staying close to things that you enjoy are beneficial in the long run.

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

The more exposure that women are presented in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports, the better. By highlighting and supporting women in these industries, our representation will grow and our value will increase!

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

There are plenty of challenges that I have faced along the way. I am raising a son, attending college, and working while broadcasting and developing in other areas. Time management is a big challenge for me.

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

I believe that anyone who wants to get into broadcasting should absolutely give it a try. I think it is important to broadcast a topic or video game that you’re passionate about. You will flourish with subjects that interest you and attract those that are interested in them, too.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I stay motivated and focused on my goals by writing them down. I like to reflect on my progress and mistakes along the way and use this information to stay on the right path!