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Not only does she have an extremely busy streaming schedule, she’s currently preparing for an upcoming documentary about her life. We were extremely excited when she agreed to talk to us about how she turned her love of video games and streaming into a full-time career and share a behind-the-scenes look at her live game streaming setup.
How did you get interested in video games and streaming?
I’ve been gaming ever since I can remember. I grew up watching my dad play games like Doom, Quake, and Half Life. Those games were quite scary, but I remember really enjoying sitting on his lap and watching. He had a PlayStation, a Game Boy, and a gaming computer, so I grew up with all that—console, computer, and handheld. And I just loved games, I guess.
I remember watching a popular YouTube gamer, TheRadBrad. That was the first time I was introduced to watching someone else play video games. He was very funny and he entertained me. I loved the way he played the games, and it actually helped me get through a rough part of my life. I was like, “I want to do this. I want to help other people feel better and make people smile.”
How did you make the transition from enthusiast to professional streamer?
I put together some money and I got my very first PC, and I started to make YouTube Let’s Play videos. Then some of my friends started asking, “why don’t you do Twitch instead?” I didn’t know what Twitch was at that point, so I started exploring the community for a few months to get a feel for the website, the community, and how interactions work between viewers and Twitch streamers.
I began streaming to Twitch with my PlayStation 4 and webcam. That was in 2015, so I’ve been doing it for a while. I didn’t even use my camera until I got to 500 followers. I was playing Destiny on Twitch, and it was only a few months old at that point. So my channel just grew with Destiny, and the rest is history. I would work during the day and stream during the evenings, and then I’d do it all over again. I was doing this almost every day because I just fell in love with it. I loved the people, and I thought streaming was this brand new and exciting thing. It got to a point where I didn’t want to work at my job anymore. I couldn’t stop thinking about how to improve all the aspects of my stream. I was getting enough donations to quit my job, and then a month after I quit, I became a Twitch Partner. I’ve been a partnered streamer for four years in July. I don’t think I’ve ever stayed at a job this long. I absolutely love it
What type of microphone and audio gear do you use for your streams?
On the surface, it looks like someone just playing video games in front of their camera, but it’s so much more technical than that. I’m currently using the Blue Blackout Spark SL, which is perfect for streaming. It’s much smaller than the Yeti Pro, and it’s neat because it fits really nicely on the Blue Compass boom arm. So it’s not taking up a lot of room on my camera when I stream. And it sounds pretty incredible. I’ve got the Spark SL going through a compressor to my audio interface and then finally into my streaming PC.
What games are you excited about right now?
I love shooter games like Destiny, and I love spacey games like Anthem, but horror is my favorite genre. And there are different levels of scary. I like to push myself, so I’m known for playing video games on the hardest difficulty setting. Right now I’m playing Devil May Cry 3 on the “Yellow” difficulty, and it’s quite punishing.
How has Twitch streaming changed your life?
Twitch streaming has led me to do quite a few cool things. I grew a friendship with the people at PlayStation and Xbox at a gaming convention called Armageddon. And then a month or so after, I was offered the opportunity to be flown to E3 to present on the Xbox stage. I was hosting in front of thousands of people, and it was amazing.
Since then, I’ve been on a bunch of television programs in New Zealand and I’ve hosted gaming competitions. A studio is coming to my house next week to shoot a documentary called “A Day In The Life Of A Streamer.” So I’ve worked in front of the cameras a lot. It’s weird, because it actually makes me nervous to be on live TV compared to being live on Twitch.
I’ve gotten to do some traveling as well. I’ve been flown to South Korea, Thailand, Australia and the United States to work with companies and events like Intel and E3. So it’s much more than just sitting here and playing video games. I’ve gotten to see the world, be in newspapers and on television, and I’ve made so many cool friends.
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