ONE37pm: Congrats on becoming a Rouge Company partner! How has the experience under that new role been thus far?
xAnomaLee: It has been so amazing and I honestly would do it all over again if my life reset. As I said, my community foundation was built from my playing Rogue Company. It took me a while to realize that I was representing black females in the community. I had no idea how many were watching me. I was excited to represent and help them achieve their goals with the game as well.
When being a part of the partner program, we got free codes for in-game emotes, skins, battle pass, etc. So most of the time instead of using the codes for myself, I would just give them away to my community. It made them happy and in return made me happy. Soon, the Rogue Company devs saw that the creators were giving away their codes so they would give us more to share. It was amazing.
Streaming live on their main channel was a huge achievement for me and my community and I will never forget that experience.
ONE37pm: I peeped that you're currently in nursing school. How is it trying to juggle that and your Twitch streaming schedule?
xAnomaLee: Oh boy, it is honestly one of the hardest things I have ever done. I still to this day do not even know how I am doing. I just do it. I love my community and I miss them when I go away for long periods of time. I try to make sure when things are bothering me, that I am comfortable enough to speak on it during stream with my community. We talked about it last year, doing one stream per week and though they were sad about the news, they were happier that I was even able to stream once. Once a week is better than waiting until the semester ended. So that motivated me.
I have to do three 12-hour shifts a week for my clinical rotation, I have homework during the week of the course, and I have an eight-hour class each week. With all this happening, my community motivates me to get my work done so I can see them. I get so happy when I finish my homework on a Saturday night because I know when I stream on Sunday, I won't have any mental blocks and I can give great energy to my community and spend time with them for at least six hours before I have to restart my week all over again.
It really is my happy place and I look forward to it. Nursing school is no joke though and what you see on social media is true sometimes, but I want this. I already got hired to be a Labor and Delivery nurse when I graduate and it is very competitive to get this position, so I am very happy and proud of myself for juggling so much. I was so excited to tell my community, I felt like a kid on Christmas day.
ONE37pm: What are three essential pieces of advice you think every up-and-coming content creator/streamer should know?
xAnomaLee: My advice for every up-and-coming content creator/streamer would be to be yourself when you start out. It is easy to lose ourselves when we watch others on TikTok, Twitter, or Twitch. We start to compare ourselves quickly, do not do that. Be yourself and people will appreciate that!
There is a community for everyone! I mean EVERYONE! So, if you feel like there is not a community for you, make one. Seriously, make one and create a space. There are tons of room to do so. I promise you the hardest part is going to be keeping up with all the messages you’ll get.
Also, make sure you use all outlets of social media to promote and push your content. Use TikTok, YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Use those sites to your advantage. You do not have to be consistent with streaming every day at a certain time, you must be consistent with posting. That is the key that I have learned, noticed, and experienced.
Finally, give yourself mental break days. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and so you want to take time to yourself through it all. Whether that be going for a walk and catching up on shows, visiting friends, learning a new skill, or anything that is not dealing with social media. You owe yourself that because you will work so hard that you forget to take a step back and live in the now moments. I hope this makes sense.
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