We had the opportunity to reach out to Maid Mama to find out more about who she is and how she got involved with WomANZ.
Maid Mama is a variety streamer and content creator from Adelaide South Australia.
Her mottos are that you are never too young or old to learn something new, or to try something new! Her favourite food is her patented macadamia crumbed chicken tendies! (We need the recipe!) She can also never go past a delicious creamy cheesecake.
Her favourite drink is Farmers Union Iced Coffee. (SA PROUD!)
She has two cats, but if she had her way, she would have three cats, a giant tank filled with fish, two birds and a dog.
We asked Maid Mama about what her thoughts were about the landscape for women in the industry. As well as how she got to where she currently is.
What is your level of involvement in the esports/gaming/content creation industry?
Since 2011 I’ve worked with local anime and video gaming conventions. From running its volunteers, to Secretary Elect – to Photography, and even running Maid Cafes! I’ve always had a love for the culture and – communities. I started posting on YouTube because I wanted to share my cooking advice and recipes with the world.
I had to take a break from YouTube and went to Twitch to fill the time. It ended up being fun and opened up a world of opportunities and communities for me.
What advice would you have for people looking to get into a position like yours? Do you have any words of encouragement?
To go for it, don’t make excuses like ‘ I don’t have the right equipment, I don’t have the most expensive mic/camera etc. Focus on improving yourself. Not yourself to others, we all have different levels of growth. But you never know if you will succeed or do well unless you give things a go. If you find out something is not for you that’s ok. There is no shame in failure, only in never having tried.
What do you think the landscape is like now for women in esports/gaming/content creation?
I haven’t been in the esports/gaming/content creation thing for very long, but I find in most parts, it’s quite welcoming. I have noticed women tend to attract more trolls, especially ones that focus on their looks. But I’ve also noticed that there are many communities and niches that band together to help.
Do you think there are any barriers to entry for women within the esports/gaming/content creation industry now?
I’ve noticed there are some barriers. From my perspective, women must work twice as hard to prove themselves. They often get more ‘trollish’ behavior thrown their way when they do succeed.
But I also believe that the barrier is not giving things a go, not taking that chance. If we all seized these opportunities, it’d become more commonplace for female representation. With the right mindset we can overcome the greatest of hurdles.
Who is a woman within this industry who inspires you?
Naysy – for creating and managing WomANZ, a very much needed community
RubeePlays – For all her charity work.
Linvalin – for bringing me into the world of streaming and being an amazing artist with a very chill community.
Every woman I’ve met who continues to push forward through adversary. Acceptance when they need help, and to offer a smile and words of advice, support, and puns.
What do you like about the WomANZ community and what does it mean to you?
I like meeting more female streamers, especially ones in my area. Seeing the overwhelming amount of support makes me feel happy and secure. To me, it means I have a safe place to retreat to online if I ever need to, and that is an important thing to have.
It’s a relief being able to talk to peers who have similar issues and experiences. You learn from others who have a wealth of knowledge.
With all the different women coming together, it has become a very strong and powerful force!
What are you most excited about being a geo-organiser for WomANZ?
Meeting new streamers in my area, seeing how everyone grows. I want to create a positive and safe place and I’m excited to share the passion I love, in the town I love, with the people I love.
…I have a lot of love.
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