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@vannimae, 20 – FUNDED

You can find Annika Corpuz on Twitch as vannimae — and she would like nothing more than for anyone and everyone to become a part of her streaming community. The BroadcastHER Grant recipient is inspired to create an inclusive space for connection — especially for other females in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports. For her, it’s important to show a united front and prove that women can excel in these fields, too.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to create a community on Twitch that is a safe place for anyone!

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

The grant will help fund a new computer, which will help me continue my streaming career with better equipment. It’s all in support of my dream to create a great community!

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

Empowerment. It means so much, and I love seeing women supporting each another and helping each other reach their goals and ultimate dreams!

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

We have to connect with one another, help each other out, and show a united front.

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

Time management is definitely a challenge that I’m working on. Being a full-time student while also working part-time and trying to jump-start my career in broadcasting is not the easiest thing to balance. But, I am learning about my priorities — and the need for time to take care of myself, too.

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

Don’t be easily discouraged! Start small and work on growing. You can’t expect to become big right away. Stay humble, and don’t pay attention to the numbers!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I just remind myself that there are always people being influenced by my stream whether I know it or not and that I am investing in creating a community that can be available for everyone. I definitely needed something like my stream when I first joined Twitch, and I can only hope that my community can be that for others.