@tamaraluvss, 20 – Funded

Tamaraluvss (she/her) has a desire to not only pursue her love of the gaming industry but also change the narrative for girls and women in it. Here’s what else this JBL Quantum Grant winner has to say!

What is your dream in gaming and/or esports? 

To become a role model for other Black girls and women wanting to pursue esports and content creation!

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

This award will help me because a lot of the funds I receive from my job go towards my education. This grant will allow me to upgrade my gaming setup to provide the best-quality content.

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

It means that I am one of the faces that is going to make a change in how we view women in the gaming industry.

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

We can use big gaming brands like Elgato, Corsair, Alienware, and other gaming companies to highlight more women in gaming to show we are not alone on this road. We need to see more gender diversity in the gaming field to get more women to come out of the shadows and not feel uncomfortable.

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

I have faced the same statement almost every day: ‘You only have numbers because you are a female.’ If you look at a simple Google search or even the Twitch homepage, the majority of the big-name esports players and gamers are male. It is the stereotype we as women have to fight daily and some people are not willing to notice our struggles.

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

Most definitely connect with women in the industry you want to work in! Don’t let people who are jealous of your growth make you feel like you didn’t deserve it.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

My community keeps me motivated! Also, seeing my peers and role models push through motivates me to keep pushing!