@YessieXO – Funded

Variety streamer YessieXO (she/her) loves an indie game with bright colors and beautiful art styles and music, but you’ll also find her playing Apex and other FPS games. What you might not expect initially is that this BroadcastHER Grant winner is also an actress; her degree is in Theatre & Performance studies!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

My dream is to be happy doing what I love to do, while encouraging others to pursue the things that make them happy. My goal is to use broadcasting as a tool to create a sustainable career in entertainment.

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

I’m super-excited that I’ll be able to make some much-needed upgrades to my setup!

What does being a recipient mean to you?

It shows me that my work and efforts aren’t going unnoticed. It means there are people out there who see the potential in me and see the value that I bring to this space. It’s reaffirming to have been a recipient of this grant.

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

Women and femmes need to be brought more into the spotlight and on to the main stage in gaming and entertainment. The more opportunities that are created to uplift and celebrate us the better. As long as we work together to make our space better for us all we can achieve anything we put our minds to.

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

There are so many challenges that come with being a queer woman of color. There have been so many times that I’ve been overlooked, judged, and discriminated against because of the intersections at which I exist. However, I use what I’ve learned from each challenge and obstacle as fuel and motivation to achieve my goals.

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

Go for it! If you want to create content, do it because it’s something you genuinely want to do. If you’re passionate about broadcasting and creating content, it will be so rewarding and fulfilling. Be open to learning, change, and growth as a creator. Those things will take you far! And, most importantly, HAVE FUN!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals? 

I stay motivated because I know that the future will feel like the rocky journey has been worth it. My desire to chase the things that I’m passionate about is much more important to me at this point.