What I want for our community and the channel has been the same every since going live for the first time a little over two years ago. No matter who you are or your walk in life, I want our community to be an inclusive and open place for any and everyone. Regardless of what's happening on screen, I want our chat to have a welcoming vibe.
Come for the games, stay for the people.
Gaming is a way to step inside the shoes of another, to explore worlds and places vastly different from our own. Twitch is a way for us to chill together collectively and have shared experiences in these virtual spaces together. I want to make memories. I want chat to be a relaxed setting where we can just all get together to enjoy a title and each other's company.
I'm also forging partnerships with studios to give you unique 'streaming events.' These casts are always announced beforehand and it's where I set time aside to play a specific game or for an event surrounding a release. (Like my most recent collaboration with Blizzard/Overwatch for the Funko Pop Giveaway.)
It's also my aim to bring you not only my niche of blind play-throughs but to make sure that I engage with you regularly while providing game content you might not have gotten anywhere else. (Past events: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Uncharted 4, Firewatch, Blues and Bullets, Among the Sleep, Shadwen, ABZÛ and more.)
Below is a write-up of how my love affair with gaming began and where we stand now.
I’ve been playing video games every since I was a child and I took to it very early on. My journey with gaming all started with my Dad, honestly. He bought me my very first console - a Nintendo - along with a copy of Mario Brothers / Duck Hunt. It brought me great joy and solace to be able to wake up every morning and play.
Then he purchased a Game Boy for me and Tetris. That game, it’s addictive puzzles and the music quickly became an refuge for me. That handheld spiraled into weekend arcade trips with my Dad. At the arcade, I instantly fell for Street Fighter and it’s hard hitting combat. Chun Li was my favorite. Since my Dad and I religiously visited the same arcade, I’d always face up against a challenger who wanted to beat me. I rarely lost.
Middle school soon took precedent. I wanted to spread my social wings at my new school and I was always swamped in homework. But that didn’t stop me from squeezing in time after school to be with my brand new Sega Saturn! NiGHTS Into DREAMS, Virtua Fighter and Myst kept me happily busy.
Shortly after that, my eyes were opened to the amazing world of Playstation. I’ve been a SONY console girl every since. My parents gifted me a copy Final Fantasy 7 for my birthday and my life was changed. I fell in love with the cast and the music touched a special place in my heart. (To this day, it remains one of my top-ten video game OST’s.)
Then I was thrust into the demands of high school and - sadly - gaming took a gigantic backseat. Video games still had a piece of my heart but I rarely had extra time for it anymore. My Father’s enthusiasm for gaming never went anywhere and he often played. I was a captive audience.
Four years passed in a blur and suddenly I was in college full-time for Graphic Design. (I also was a Personal Assistant to one of my professors and I became a Nanny as well to make extra money while attending school.)
By this time I figured that I’d ‘outgrown’ gaming and that I should pursue something more concrete. But it was still calling my name. I would brush up on current titles by reading the news in print magazines like Game Informer but I didn’t pick up a controller for years.
My First Stream
Fast forward from late 2003 closer to the present day in 2014. Many, many years of schooling and jobs later, I fell very ill. Because I was constantly sick, I had to quit my job. Once again, video games came calling. Someone had told me about Twitch so I ventured to the site just to hang out in people’s chats and get a feel for things.
I frequented so many people’s streams, watching how they operated. I never felt the urge to get involved until later on. I finally made the plunge to start streaming on December 12th, 2014. Destiny was my very first broadcast!
Barely a month after I began streaming I joined up with Strats - an amazing Twitch Team - and linked up with Creative MCN to extend my ‘Simply Undrea’ brand over onto YouTube and I joined up with their Partner Program. I also began my very first Extra Life fundraising endeavors in 2015. In 2016 I played for Team Kinda Funny. We raised 1K and got a gold medal to celebrate!
In my two year streaming journey, I've been blessed to form amazing bonds with people and build strong relationships within the gaming community. In my walk as a live content creator I got the chance to both discover and delve into something else I'm passionate about - diversity within the industry - as an affiliate for AnyKey.Org.
When I'm 'LIVE' and beyond
I have a very bubbly personality. This doesn't just extend to streaming, I'm this way when the cameras stop rolling as well. I'm very lively! I make it a point to greet new followers in chat personally and thank them.
I respond easily to things and since I do my best to maintain a spoiler-free environment, it makes for some interesting reactions whenever certain events happen in a game. If someone gets shot, I react. If something emotional happens, it will show on my face. Interaction on Twitch is huge to me and I love having real-time conversations with my friends and supporters.
I have such great plans for my stream and I’m always plotting how I can give back to my amazing Squad. (The ‘Squad’ is what I call my followers.) Everyone has been so supportive of my efforts! I really couldn’t ask for a more awesome community of people.
I know that if my Dad were still here he would be proud that I decided to follow my heart and do what I’m truly passionate about. Whenever I stream, I feel like it’s a way to honor our weekend tradition as well as his memory. <3
Streaming allowed me to gain a foothold in an industry that I’ve been dreaming about being apart of ever since I was a child. Gaming will always be in my heart and now that I’m here I get to pursue other things that I’m passionate about like voice acting, public speaking, diversity advocacy and charity work.
I’m so grateful to be part of this industry, surrounded by incredible, hardworking people that push me to improve!
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