@Sprinkle_Theory, 31 – FUNDED

Sprinkle_Theory (she/their) grew up on Sega, Playstation, and PC games, and now loves playing a variety of games — especially chill games. The BroadcastHER Grant Winner is also a member of the Brown Girl Gamer Code (BGGC), a digital community for women of color who are into video games and tech. When Sprinkle is not working or playing video games, you might find her practicing aerial fitness.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to see more people that look like me in gaming and speedrunning. I want to encourage them to submit to showcase their skills at events. I also want to help speedrunning events raise money for great causes.

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

This award will help me get equipment that I can use to speedrun a wider variety of games across multiple platforms. It’ll also help me get better equipment so I can showcase at speedrunning events.

What does being a recipient mean to you?

I’m so thankful and honored to be chosen. I’m still so surprised. It means that people believe in me, which is really important, special, and encouraging.

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

There needs to be more opportunities for non-men. We need to continue to uplift, encourage, and support each other. Speak the names of others when opportunities come up. We need to see more of us in the areas of gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports, including as founders and creators of organizations and programs.

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

I am my biggest critic. Sometimes I get in my own way of achieving greatness, but I’ve gotten better. Being a Black woman, I often face racism and sexism in gaming. It’s hurtful and draining. I surround myself with people who encourage me to not let them win. It’s important to have people who understand what you are going through to be in your corner.

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

Start! All of the things I’ve experienced or tried, I would’ve never known how much I enjoy them if I didn’t start. Surround yourself with likeminded people. Know you aren’t alone and there is probably someone who can help if you have questions, so ask them!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I try to check in with myself and figure out what I need. Am I hungry? Did the task at hand get too daunting? I enjoy calming activities like playing games, building LEegos, playing with my nephew or cats, listening to music… the list goes on!

I also sometimes need a pep talk or chat with someone who puts a smile on my face. Whatever my mind, body, and soul might need in the moment, I try to fulfill it.