I started streaming in fall of 2014 because my brother (ChainGMirai) started streaming and we were both playing a ton of League at the time, so we figured might as well stream it. I was a League only streamer, but at this point in time, I didn’t really understand much about streaming. I used to stream shirtless because I cared more about comfort and the game than streaming. I didn’t know the potential streaming held.
What do you enjoy most about streaming and how do you keep yourself motivated?
I enjoy streaming because I can be creative and make content in my own way for others to enjoy. I stay motivated when the content I make gets a reaction out of people.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced during your streaming career?
I used to be a PG streamer because I wanted my stream to appeal to the masses. I couldn’t make content that I liked, it was restricting. Another challenge was when people close to me didn’t understand what I was doing. It felt like an uphill battle trying to explain to family/friends that what I was doing wasn’t a waste of time.
What are some of your current goals for your stream?
My current specific goals are that I want to have more skits on my stream, extend into apparel and grow a bigger audience. A goal I will always have is trying to make sure that while my stream is a little goofy and inappropriate; there is a set of base values and positivity that I can spread to my community. Twitch is an extremely important platform towards a lot of malleable people, and there is plenty negativity and toxicity on Twitch so I want to make sure my stream always elevates and brings up other people.
When did you start shake weighting?
I started shake weighting a month or two before I was partnered, spring of 2015. I started because I used to have a !flex command in chat where people could use channel currency to activate me exercising on stream (this was before exercising was allowed on Twitch). As a joke, I suggested we should get shake weights, and before I knew it a viewer donated half the cost of a shake weight so I bought one. The funny part is I ended up getting a 24-hour ban for exercising/shake weighting when my community got together to spend all their currency to make me exercise for an hour or so.
Who is your favorite streamer and why?
PurpleKoolaidMan is one of my favorite streamers because he was one of the first streamers that I encountered that was willing to be weird, push the envelope and create content that was different from the norm. It helped open my eyes to the possibility of not doing what everyone else was doing. My favorite streamers are always the streamers who push the envelope and obviously care about their production and community.
What does your daily schedule look like? How do you work to balance streaming with other responsibilities/relationships/jobs/etc?
My daily schedule is basically wake up, make sure I have enough resources to stay alive and think about the next thing to do for stream. I’m always trying to create more things for my channel or checking out other channels to make sure I give back support and stay inspired.
How do you feel your community has impacted you/others?
I know my community has impacted me because A, I wouldn’t be able to do this full time without them and B, they have been extremely encouraging. The amount of care that I put in and receive back from the community has been my number one motivating factor. My community always sends me clips of them getting other streamers to slap their thighs. I love that. I love making people feel weird (hopefully in a positive way).
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone new to streaming?
If you have ideas for your stream, just go for it. Don’t overthink it, don’t doubt yourself. My best ideas have always been the ideas where I just went for it and pushed it a step further. Always listen to your community, they help direct your channel to what is good content for both you and them. In my opinion, the community should play a large role in what is being shown on stream.
Imagine there were a 2-day power outage, what would you do?
I would probably use that time to plan out my next couple scenes and harass power companies until the power comes back. Being an entertainer has become such an integral part of my life that if the internet was taken away from me for longer than that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.