@YasmineNadia, 26 – FUNDED

Lover of dorky, quirky games, @YasmineNadia is also a musical theater grad and about to start a Master’s degree in space science! The BroadcastHER Grant winner will tell you she is also mildly obsessed with Dragon Age, cardigans, documentaries, good gin, and unconventional insults.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

Foster a community built on kindness.

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

The grant will help me continue growing upon the wonderful space we’ve started building.

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

Much more so than the things the grant can buy, it’s the validation and recognition that there are other people who believe I can do the things I want to do.

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

We have to continue allowing women the space to create, to call out toxic attitudes towards them doing so, and encourage the fantastic women around us.

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

My biggest challenge has absolutely, unequivocally, been myself. And that isn’t to say that there haven’t been other obstacles, but content is a difficult space and your biggest critic is so often yourself. This has been the case with me far too often.

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

Do it! It’s hard to get started; it’s hard to feel like you shouldn’t occupy a certain space and lots of people have lots to say about the right “type” of person to do it. But if you want to do it, just do it. The first steps are definitely the hardest.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I think it’s easy to get caught up in how other people are doing. It’s crucial to remind yourself of your own goals as regularly as possible. I want people to have somewhere to take their mind off the world for a couple of hours — and I know other people have different goals and, therefore, different achievements. You have to remember your own personal reasons for doing what you do.