@YoBrandii, 30 – FUNDED

You can call her Bran! @YoBrandii is a host/interviewer, consultant, horror enthusiast, and founder of @BrownGirlGamerCode and The Scream Boutique. The BroadcastHER Grant winner has been gaming since childhood and she loves retro games like Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, and Tomb Raider. But, you’ll also find her playing open world games, adventure games, Indie games, and First Person Shooters!

As the founder of Brown Girl Gamer Code, a community that centers and advocates for Black and Brown women in gaming and tech, Bran is passionate about equity and justice, mentorship, and representation as it pertains to the gaming community.

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want my own show that highlights women of color in gaming and tech!

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

It will help me upgrade my streaming and studio equipment! So, I’ll be better equipped to produce quality content and purchase software to help with hosting and interviewing!

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

It means that I’m part of a group of women trying to make a difference. It means so much to me because I’ll be able to help others who are trying to make their broadcasting dreams come true!

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

Learn about cultures different than yours. Eliminate toxicity in work environments and organizations that continue to marginalize and alienate women and non-binary people. Also, open up more opportunities for funding and for women to hold top leadership positions!

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

I have faced issues of harassment, lack of opportunities, and lack of funding.

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

Honestly, just start. I started streaming from my PS4 with no cam and a $20 headset from Amazon. Stay true to yourself and always be authentic. Make sure you have a solid support system and, also, bring others along the way with you!

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I meditate and I pray! I also write out my goals and revisit them every once and awhile! I also rely on my support system. Helping others also helps me stay focused on goals!