@xgompers, 18 – FUNDED

“I’ve always wanted to be that person who does amazing things to help people in need and help others reach their dreams!” says xgompers, an aspiring influencer in the industry and an esports commentator for Valorant. This BroadcastHER Academy winner has struggled with her mental health, but she stays inspired by her dreams for herself and for others — and by her love of trying new things!

What is your dream in esports and gaming?

I want to be at the top and become an influencer! There are so many things I want to do with my time here and I would love to climb in the ranks and get the money to be helpful because the world can be cruel sometimes.

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?

It means the world. This can start up my YouTube channel and give me the money I want to save for the future. I can buy my camera and finally start my vlogs and my YouTube videos, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time! Adulting is hard and everything is expensive, so I couldn’t afford the camera — but now I can!!

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

We need to give more representation to women in gaming and give them the opportunity to learn more from professionals while providing them with resources. We need to support the women who want to be in gaming, broadcasting, and esports and give them more opportunities to be seen! Just like this initiative… it’s amazing!

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

I am inspired by people who stand up for what’s right. I’m inspired by the hard-working streamers and players who spend hours wanting to get better and make an amazing community. There are so many admirable qualities in a persistent person.

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

Mostly bullying and harassment within games — but I have also dealt with severe anxiety and depression. I still am, but I am getting better. I had no motivation and, honestly, could barely get myself outside. I spent a lot of time inside wanting to play all day. But I started exercising and working hard a lot more and I am trying to stop procrastinating!

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

Go for it and don’t be embarrassed or afraid of anything. You may not think you are ready for a certain opportunity and want to back out, but don’t back out. Do everything and anything you can and make those connections, talk to everyone, and be kind. Don’t be a jealous of anyone! Help people out!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

It can be hard to stay motivated, but I just focus on the things I have achieved and continue to work harder. In my head, the harder I work and the more I try, the more I will improve and the more my hard work will be noticed.