Hey Blerds, hey! For Black History Month I wanted to highlight and showcase gaming communities that are making big strides in the gaming industry. Next, we have DaFemalePhenom! She is the founder of The DFP Army and Scream Reapers. Check out the DFP Army stream team community on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/team/thedfparmy and Scream Reapers at www.twitch.tv/screamreapers. Follow DaFemalePhenom on Twitch at www.twitch.com/dafemalephenom and on all social media here www.flowcode.com/page/dafemalephenom.
Tell us about yourself? How did you get into the gaming industry?
I am a content creator, Vlogger, student mommy of two boys, Special effects and beauty makeup artist, and the Founder of two Stream Teams, The DFP ARMY and WOC stream team, The Scream Reapers. I started becoming a content creator in 2013 on YouTube. During that time, I wanted to document funny mom moments and vlog about my wedding. People on my channel asked if I play games, and with encouragement from a friend of mine and supporters, I entered into the world of gaming content, and I am happy I made this decision.
How would you define a gaming community?
I would define a gaming community as a group of individuals that share a love of gaming and all things related to gaming. Who turns in to friends and family.
Tell us about your gaming community?
My communities started when I started streaming on Twitch. The members of the community became friends and family and will hold a place in my heart forever. We share the same love for things from gaming, horror, and wrestling to cosplays, Special effects, and beauty makeup. Which is the reason I took on the crazy task to create two-stream teams at the same time, lol. I feel at home or around people who get me when I am around DFP Army and Scream Reaper members. My goal was to create a safe space for everyone who “didn’t fit in” or was called “weird.” I knew how these things felt, and it brings me a lot of joy to be surrounded by people who get me and feel like they finally have a space to meet talented, remarkable people such as themselves.
What changes are you doing to make the gaming industry/community better as a whole?
Right now, I feel like I still have a lot to do to makes changes. Before Covid, I would talk to young girls and boys about my past experiences and talk to them about being a content creator. I am trying to show them that there are other avenues besides what society expects us to be, a statistic. Which is another reason I wanted to create the Scream Reapers. There are not a lot of our faces show in the gaming industry, especially WOC. I am using my platform to speak out on issues that POC and LGBTQ+ content creators face in and outside of Twitch. There are not many WOC makeup artists or gamers on banners or even the front page. When that change comes, I will feel like I have made an accomplishment.
What are some of the resources and support that you use?
At the moment, the only support I have is my sisters and my close friends. They are who I lean on when I feel overwhelmed, .stressed or that I want to give up. I also try to remember why I started these organizations. With these being the first Teams I have created, there are some bumps, disappointments, but the goal and the good outweigh the bad.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned as being a Community Manager? What was your biggest win?
The biggest lesson that I have learned is that this is not easy! It is never easy being a leader or protector. My biggest win so far was the joy that I feel when people are glad to be a part of a dream I started. This keeps me going and gives me that push every time.
What makes you feel inspired or your best self?
What inspires me are my boys. I want nothing more than to make them proud to have me as a mom.
If nothing was holding you back, what project would you do, and would you want to be known only by that project?
My dream project would be to direct and become the lead Special effects makeup artist for a Horror film. I want to provide jobs to friends and people I have met who I know are actors, writers, Makeup artists, and Directors. I guess what I want to be known is that even though it took me a lot of time to push through my fears and struggles, I made my dream come true. I would also want to let others know that they could do the same.