@SpiderTiff, 30 – FUNDED

If you’re wondering about why she’s SpiderTiff, Tiffany will tell you that she really likes SpiderMan and SpiderGwen. But also, one time, she scaled a fridge and sat on top of it pretending to be SpiderMan. “I’m like 5’2″ so scaling countertops to get things isn’t out of the norm for me!” she says.

This BroadcastHER Academy has played games ever since she was a “little nugget,” starting off with the Oregon Trail, Super Mario, and then Resident Evil — and she eventually focused on Halo and Call of Duty on Xbox. Then, she transitioned to PC and MnK in 2019 and has been grinding FPS and horror games ever since! She’s also a freelance commentator for FPS games.

What is your dream in esports and gaming?

My dream is to be a color commentator for the ALGS (Apex Legends Global Series) or a future Call of Duty League Desk Host and work with up-and-coming on-air talent and give them the motivation and help to start their own careers.

What does being the BroadcastHER Academy winner, which includes a $1,000 grant and all-expense-paid visit to the HyperX Esports Arena to shadow, mean to you and how will it help you reach your goals?

It means everything to me! I’ve been working so hard solo to further my career in esports and gaming. However, when I first started, there were so many people who already were established in the industry and I struggled to find an “in” and the path to begin working in the industry.

Receiving mentorship and a trip to the HyperX Esports Arena is insane, because I will get to meet people who can share invaluable information regarding this industry that I can take and apply to further my content creation and skills as well as my development as an on-air talent.

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

First, we start by being the best versions of ourselves in the industry. Then, we seek out women who want to get in to the fields that we are in and foster a creative, motivational environment to help ease them toward their goals.

What are you most inspired by when it comes to creating encouraging content for young women in gaming, broadcasting, and esports?

I’m just as motivated by the women who are already successful in esports as I am by the ladies who are grinding to get to where they want to be. The amount of work I see my friends putting in — who are also full-time parents — really motivates me! They do so much IRL and behind the scenes to create environments for women. That really keeps me going.

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

Specifically, while being live on a broadcast, some people don’t take well to female on-air talent. Men don’t have their looks commented on, but women are consistently under scrutiny for what they look like and how much they know.

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

Just do it! Start practicing and get involved every chance you can get, whether you’re casting over past broadcasts or studying the flow of other on-air talent and productions. Keep up with broadcasts and all esports leagues that you’re interested in. Figure out what you have that makes you unique and stay true to yourself.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I know where I want to be and I’m working toward the feeling I have when I finally get to sit on that ALGS desk. I’ll probably cry. But knowing that I worked so incredibly hard to get there, it will be an epic feeling.