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Women in Streaming: Mikaela

5th March 2021

 Interview with Mimi (Mikaela)

UK based Twitch streamer.

Name: Mimi (Mikaela)
Pronouns: She/her
Based in: London, UK
Platform: Twitch
Streams: Variety streamer who plays Overwatch, Animal Crossing, The Sims 4, Fall Guys and indie games. Mimi also plays community games where her viewers can get involved.

Hi Mimi! Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

  1. As well as streaming, I'm also a portrait, events and live music photographer in my spare time.
  2. I collect kewpies (kinda creepy but cube baby cupid characters)
  3. Taylor Swift once bought me a pizza...

When did your streaming journey begin, and what inspired you to start?

I started streaming in July last year after struggling with my mental health. I'd been thinking about starting for a while but felt too anxious and worried! I finally took the plunge and it has had such a positive impact on my confidence, self-esteem and mental health. I felt inspired to start putting my creativity to use, and to create a friendly, kind, wholesome and welcoming space with my stream.

What's your favourite game/content to stream/share? What do you enjoy most about it?

I love playing chilled games like Animal Crossing because it creates a nice relaxed streaming atmosphere. It gives me the opportunity to interact with the chat, and often viewers will be playing along on their own islands which creates a nice community feel. That being said, I also love playing games that are a little more fast-paced like Overwatch which I'll often play with viewers or friends, or doing challenges in games like The Sims 4 - which can always create some fun and chaotic energy for the stream! There's always a variety, but overall I just love interacting with my community, making new friends and supporting fellow streamers

Do you feel like there is a stigma for women streamers in the industry?

Unfortunately, I think there is. I often see situations in streaming groups where a female streamer will be celebrating their success, or promoting their stream - and the comments will be suggesting that their success comes from the way they look. It's really disheartening to see, and can really make you overthink your content. I guess this also extends to gaming in general as well, but when streaming games like Overwatch, I've personally avoided playing competitive mode on stream (which is something I'd like to do). It can become really toxic sometimes when team-mates find out you're female and start trolling or making inappropriate comments. It just ruins the fun for everyone and it's something that really does need to change.

What's one piece of advice you'd give to women who want to begin streaming?

Firstly, I'd say go for it, I wish I hadn't have waited so long to get started! If you haven't done so already, learn how the platform you want to stream on works, visit other streams to get a feel for things. Make friends with other streamers, support each other. Build your community on the things that matter to you, and the things you enjoy doing/playing. Sometimes things start out slow - don't be disheartened, just do your best and enjoy yourself!

Where can people find you online?

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