@wanderlittlefox, 26 – FUNDED

“A self-proclaimed walking disaster, chaotic gamer, and Queen of the Side Quests.” That’s the colorful way that @wanderlittlefox describes herself. Oh, and you might just see a cameo from the BroadcastHER Grant winner’s three cats — Ashe, Chile, and Frankie.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to grow my community and create a space that is safe for BIPOC and the LGBTQIA+ community. I want to be a face where young girls like me — queer and half-Asian — can relate. I didn’t have that growing up, so I hope to serve as encouragement that anything is possible.

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

This grant will help me upgrade my streaming equipment so I can spend more time connecting with my community instead of fiddling with my setup!

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

I feel so incredibly honored to be a recipient of this grant. There have been so many broadcasters who have received this grant before me who serve as my inspirations. I’m so grateful to be included among them; it’s another step toward my dream. In a way, I feel validated and that I’m going in the right direction.

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

We have to keep using our voices to show that we are present in gaming, broadcasting, and esports spaces. It’s so important to support women as they strive to achieve their dreams — whether it’s hyping them up on their social media posts or dropping a follow on their channel. We need to inspire and encourage women that we do belong in these spaces. I think it would be so fun to see more women-centric tournaments!

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

Honestly, I’ve been pretty lucky so far and have been able to avoid a lot of insulting language, but I know as I continue to grow, this is going to change. It’s a little upsetting that I have to prepare myself for crude and insulting language just because of my gender, but I’m not going to let that stop me. I think the biggest challenge I’ve faced so far is people outside of my community not believing in me or not understanding what I’m trying to accomplish. I want to create content full-time, but a lot of people don’t seem to think it’s something I’ll be able to do.

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

Network and be authentic! I cannot stress how important building a solid network is prior to broadcasting. If you spend time in different communities, these communities will soon become the backbone of your own community! Also, just be yourself. You don’t have to pretend to be someone you’re not. Your viewers will love you for who you are. If you’re passionate about broadcasting, don’t let anyone stop you from doing it, especially the people who have nothing nice to say! There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your goals accomplished.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

My own stubborn ambition and being held accountable by my best friends is what motivates me the most. However, I do tend to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time) goals for myself which makes it a lot easier to plan out my content. At the end of the day, I’m doing this for me and to prove to myself that I can achieve my dreams.