ONE37pm: What games give you the most satisfaction during your live streams?
Drunkn_Buddha: That's a tough question. My knee-jerk response is to say Apex Legends. Lately, I haven't been streaming games much due to time constraints & my full-time job. I enjoy the majority of games that I play during my live stream. I don't stream games I don't enjoy playing - that just doesn’t sound fun to me.
ONE37pm: What dishes would you say are the best ones you've made in front of your viewers? And which recipes are you looking to showcase on your Twitch channel next?
Drunkn_Buddha: It's really hard to pick a few dishes from the wide range of dishes I've made on my channel. Since you're making me choose - Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gotcha Pork Roast, and Thai Red Curry. My first ever cooking stream was making brown butter chocolate chip cookies, which was a celebration for achieving Twitch Affiliate. The Gotcha Pork Roast was made during my spotlight for "Food & Drink Month" in 2021 - yes, the very same Gotcha Pork Roast from episode one of "Food Wars."
That dish was probably my favorite and most rewarding. It's not every day you get to eat food that you see in an anime. Thai food holds a very special place in my heart (and stomach). I grew up eating it because it's what my grandmother and mother cooked for a large portion of my childhood and I’ve been learning different dishes here and there as a means to connect more to my Thai heritage. Thai Red Curry is my go-to comfort dish - it just speaks to my soul whenever I eat it. I’ve made it on stream a few times with pork belly and duck.
I’m not the best content creator when it comes to scheduling things - I don't know what I’m going to cook on Twitch until the last moment. I have ideas or concepts but things happen, ingredients are hard to source, or the cooking may take several hours. I’d love to make ramen, beef wellington, or croissants on stream in the future.
ONE37pm: What are three essential pieces of advice you think every up-and-coming content creator/streamer should know?
Drunkn_Buddha: Whew! There is so much advice going around for up-and-coming content creators that it's going to be hard to not sound cliche or like a broken record. Have fun, create the content you want, and lastly have a healthy stream/life balance. Making content is much more enjoyable when you're having fun doing it. Personally, when content starts to feel more like a chore and second job - it pulls me out of it and I don't enjoy it as much. Do your best to keep this fun and enjoyable. The world of content creation is vast and it's easy to get caught up in what's popular and what attracts the most views. There is nothing wrong with creating content in that manner, but I find that I can't sustain the content because I don't enjoy it and it doesn't feel genuine to me.
Use this time and space to do the things that you want to do. Explore those curiosities of yours and find your voice and style. Content creation has this "grind" culture or mentality that I find to be very unhealthy. I fell prey to it at one point - I think we all do. While it can be fun and exciting to see your community grow and your content making waves across the internet, the need to be always present and creating can be unhealthy. It's important to find balance and not get in too deep. It's really easy to burn yourself and it can be frustrating cranking out content and not seeing the ROI you desire. All in all, it all points back to having fun at the end of the day.