Torioyo, 21 – FUNDED

“I love the idea of being a creator because this industry is always advancing in dynamic ways which makes it all the merrier,” says Torioyo who is originally from the Philippines. “I hope, one day, I find myself working with likeminded people who strive for success.” Learn more about this BroadcastHER Academy winner right here.

What is your dream in esports and gaming?

My dream is to work with creators to create engaging and entertaining content to share with others.

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?

Honestly, I felt really happy when I received the news that I won the award because I have been in a pretty low slump on content creation.

But recently, many people have been giving me a lot of feedback and kind words to assure me that I am doing a great job at pursuing my content goals. This fellowship will definitely help me toward bigger goals and higher quality content.

I am also excited to visit the HyperX Esports Arena and meet people who know so much more than I do and learn the most from them.

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

Collaborating with big brands and organizations to bring light upon women in gaming, broadcasting, and esports is something that I believe will help present and credit women. I already see shifts toward representing women with creator programs such as the 100 Thieves Spotlight series, which is something 100T has created in order to empower women.

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

I am most inspired by OfflineTV. They have creators like Pokimane, LilyPichu, Sydeon, Yvonne, and QuarterJade who do a wonderful job in creating content in gaming. I have always felt inspired and I watch their streams frequently to see their uniqueness and personalities that have cultivated lovely communities.

In esports, I always think it is a pleasure to see Mimi (aEvilcat) casting for VCT. I love that I’ve seen her cast for every VCT match — and especially with her being so young, I feel inspired that she is able to work impressive events, representing women in esports with the biggest events in VALORANT.

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

One of the biggest challenges I face is probably having to balance school, work, and creative content. Because I am pursuing a degree in civil engineering at UCLA, I feel like it has been really difficult to find time to be my own manager at times.

Since I have to stream, VOD review, and edit all of my videos before I post them to social media, all while studying full-time and working my part-time job, I feel like that is the greatest challenge I’ve had.

Also, making time for friends and family becomes a struggle with this much on my plate. I find myself tunnel-visioning, so a solution I have found is to step back and look at the bigger picture and remind myself that it’s okay to take my time. Although social media is fast-paced and something that needs to be worked on consistently, it is okay to pace myself.

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

Hitting the “start streaming” button is the hardest part. Once you overcome that step, everything else comes naturally with enough motivation and perseverance. I sometimes feel hesitant to go live, but then I always find myself in a better mood at the end of the stream, patting myself on the back for even starting my stream.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Personally, I find myself tunnel-visioning and the solution I’ve found to stay focused on my goals is to take a step back and credit myself for the accomplishments I’ve made so far.

It’s easy to forget the awards and successes we’ve made in life, since our brains naturally like to remember the downside of life, so reminding myself of everything I’ve worked so hard for keeps me rolling through the punches.