@WyndUp, 21 – FUNDED

She’s a political science major from Canada — and she has a thing for chocolate and video games. But, that barely scratches the surface of what @WyndUp, one of our BroadcastHER Grant winners, is passionate about. While she primarily focuses on playing Apex, Overwatch, and Siege, she’s always willing to switch it up — and she has a bigger purpose in mind to make a positive impact on others.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to make an impact on people from all walks of life with my content — even if it is just by making them smile.

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

The grant will be essential in helping me upgrade my hardware so that I can improve the quality of my content. There are many games I cannot run on my current setup.

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

This grant means that I will be able to reach out to a greater audience of people because I will be able to stream more varied content.

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

I think that encouraging women to have stronger social media presence in male-dominated fields like video gaming would encourage more women to participate. It can be daunting to play video games competitively if there are not enough role models to emulate.

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

I found it challenging to stream as a woman with a camera because of all the stereotypes around women who use their gender for achieving views. This negative perception needs to be changed because female broadcasters really just want to enjoy the same hobby and put out content like their male counterpart content creators.

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

It can be discouraging to start off at first, but continued effort does pay off.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I set aside dedicated times of the day to pursue my goals.