We had the opportunity to reach out to Pradox to find out more about who she is and how she got involved with WomANZ.
Pradox is a transgender streamer from Melbourne. Her username “Pradox” was meant to be “Paradox,” but when she created an account in Champions Online, she made a typo but kept the name.
She studied Computers in Tafe and then went to uni to study Games Development, but it wasn’t for her. She has played video games for as long as she can remember but has no idea what the first game or platform she played on. It was pre-Commodore 64 days.
We asked Pradox 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?
Pradox: So far, I’ve only done streaming, but I would enjoy doing some Let’s Play or tutorial videos.
How did you get into content creation?
I used to watch Studio Wild and Rooster Teeth doing charity streams for Extra Life. I knew I wanted to do something like that one day. I also watched the preview build streams that Paradox Interactive did for Stellaris. They were a lot of fun, so it was something I wanted to give a try. I’ve also been job hunting for a while, so I wanted something to talk about in job interviews.
What advice would you have for people looking to get into a position like yours? Do you have any words of encouragement?
The best advice I can give anyone going into stream is that you need to do it for a reason. (Other than being the “next big thing.”)
It doesn’t matter why you stream so long as you are realistic in your expectations. Also, don’t let a lack of viewers or chatters get you down. Always keep talking, because you don’t know who is watching. Last bit of advice I would give is to expect trolls and do your very best to not care about what they have to say.
Who is a woman within this industry who inspires you?
I’m inspired by a lot of woman with the industry but these four stand out for me.
AshlinPanda helped me so much in my early days of streaming. I wouldn’t be anywhere without her and no matter what, her stream is always a fun place to hang out.
FluffyFlippnFox is such an amazing streamer who is always positive and upbeat.
Girlwiththewoohootattoo. She is so wonderful and kind. On top of that she is a very talented singer and streamer and her stream always makes me happy with her antics.
Scxrlet64 is a talented renaissance woman doing everything from singing, video & music editing. She is also a digital artist and great at video games.
What do you like about the WomANZ community and what does it mean to you?
The thing I like about the WomANZ community is how many amazing people I have met, both online and in person. It means so much to me to have supportive group of people to hang out with who are accepting of me.
What are you most excited about being a geo-organiser for WomANZ?
I’m excited at the opportunity to give back to a team that means so much to me. Also, the opportunity to meet even more people from this great community.