What advice would you have for people looking to get into a position like yours? Do you have any words of encouragement?
Seek out opportunities to do more of what drives your passion. Don’t be afraid to approach people with questions. Everything nowadays is online focused. This means establishing a solid online personality you can be proud of is important! How you do this and what kind of content you create isn’t as important. Creating content you love are passionate about will always shine through. The fact that this world is so online means it’s easy to connect and engage with people you look up to. Do this in an authentic way, be eager to learn, and always think about what you can offer to help others.
What do you think the landscape is like now for women in esports/gaming/content creation?
Under-represented people are fighting to make their presence in the games industry careers known. This can be very lonely and intimidating. If you can, seek out people who will support you, those who you can turn to for advice! Where possible, stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before you to lessen the feeling of being alone. Don’t feel obligated to fight battles you don’t have the energy for, and don’t stay anywhere you feel the need to apologise for.
Do you think there are any barriers to entry for women within the esports/gaming/content creation industry now?
I don’t think there are any barriers to entry for women, above or beyond any socioeconomic barriers that exist separate to gender. The main problem I perceive is lack of visible role models. Finding a place that you can feel like you belong in as a woman has always been something I struggled with in this industry. It’s isolating to be the only woman on a team, it’s exhausting to fight for equality, and these are still things women encounter in their day to day work-life in these industries. I find rather than a barrier to entry being the problem, we need to focus on keeping the women who do enter these industries in them.
Who is a woman within this industry who inspires you?
This is such a tough question! Through my career I have been lucky to come across so many inspiring women that this question is difficult to answer, and that makes me happy. If I am forced to pick, I would say Aureylian (Twitch Community Marketing and Content Creator) for her ability to work across so many different facets of games, marketing, esports and content creation while still finding time to support so many different causes and initiatives.
Closer to home, Ally McLean (Australian ex-cosplayer, game developer, and now CEO of The Working Lunch games industry mentorship program) is an absolute daily inspiration to me. As someone who is struggles daily managing many passions in the sphere of the games industry, seeing powerful women such as these two manage to Do It All™️ always fills me with so much inspiration to keep on my daily grinds.
What do you like about the WomANZ community and what does it mean to you?
I love that WomANZ is a place to feel like I belong. WomANZ lessens feeling isolated, by giving me a place to be myself, and share my passions with like-minded individuals who understand my world view
What are you most excited about being a geo-organiser for WomANZ?
As much as I adore spending time on the internet, I always feel invigorated and recharged after hanging out with like-minded individuals in real life. To be able to better get to know the kiwi community, ease all sorts of connections among members in NZ, and create some fun shared experiences!