Question of the Hour: The Ups and Downs of Streaming

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First off the questions:
1. Is streaming what you thought it would be?
2. What have you found beneficial in streaming?
3. What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?
4. Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

And now the answers from some of my favorite people:
A huge thank you for their participation and willingness to answer my questions.

PieRatKing

https://mixer.com/PieRatKing

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1. Streaming is a lot more taxing, and hard work than I had originally thought. Between always trying to find out what direction to go, to trying to improve the experience. A lot of time and effort is put into streaming, and I know I can always do better.

2. I have found that it has boosted my confidence and releases a lot of the social anxiety I have. It also gives me a place to share myself with others, and obviously I am the best damn thing since sliced bread!

3. Numbers. Always the numbers. It is the one thing I always have to remind myself is not the most important thing. I have to keep from getting down on myself about not getting enough viewers, not getting enough follows.

4. Yes, but it will become harder to get into and do the more it grows. Those who got in earliest and stuck with it are going to have the longer career. Up and comers are going to have a harder time breaking into it, and will rely on big splash over consistent growth. Just my two cents.

The Last Mage

https://mixer.com/TheLastMage

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1. I had spent a lot of time in and around streams before starting my own. I think for the most part streaming was what I expected it to be. What I didn’t expect was how exhausting it can be sometimes. Streaming for 8-10 hours some days can be absolutely grueling because you need to constantly keep up an active and thoughtful conversation for that entire time. For those who don’t stream, picture sitting down with a stranger in a coffee shop and talking to them for that long while trying to keep silence to a minimum.

2. I’ve met all sorts of friends, some of which will probably be lifelong friends. These types of connections are incredibly important. Not just for benefits centered around streaming, but real life as well. For example, I met a ton of friends while streaming who have taught me an incredible amount about development. Because of that I was able to land much better jobs and improve my life overall. As far as directly related to streaming, I think running a stream is VERY good practice in everyday social skills for the most part. Words can get you far and streaming is good practice for stringing those together on a whim.

3. The biggest deterrent to streaming is probably the thing that lets me stream in the first place. The day job. If the day job takes a lot of energy and effort, that can really show on stream. A stressful day job can
result in all sorts of bad things from being tired to losing your temper. Because of that, I try to always keep at least an hour between work on the stream where I can try to clear my head of everything.

4. I think, in general, streaming will become more and more popular as time goes on. People will always be able to make a career out of sharing what they love, be that games or anything else. Streaming fits right in there with that.

Sithos

https://mixer.com/Sithos

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1. Is streaming what you thought it would be?
I didn’t have any specific expectations going in with streaming. When I started I was primarily streaming one specific game so I really got to learn everything at my own pace. That being said, streaming is a lot more difficult and involved to do well than I expected initially.

2. What have you found beneficial in streaming?
Streaming for me has primarily been a form of social fulfillment. When I started streaming I considered myself fairly anti-social. Over the course of my streaming career I’ve become much better spoken, confident and engaging. I’ve even had instances where these skills have translated into on the job skills running training’s and meetings for large groups!

3. What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?
For me the biggest deterrent has been watching other succeed due to taking advantage of others or abusing/bending rules for their own success. I’ve tried to stay as true to my core values as possible even after becoming Partnered on Mixer. Going forward I really hope to see more genuine individuals succeed and people doing scummy things be held accountable more often.

4. Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?
Absolutely yes, especially with the rise of alternate platforms. I know of streamers that are going full time on Twitch, Mixer, Facebook, DLive. The industry is continuing to grow at a rapid rate and I’m very excited for the future of broadcasting.

Kitty-haz-Claws

https://mixer.com/Kitty_haz_Claws

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1, Is streaming what I thought it would be? Yes & no. Yes because I went into it purely for a social aspect of it. To game with friends. No because I didn’t realize all the work and effort it takes to stream. All the offline work, all the networking, all the commitment it requires if you want to become anything.

2. What have I found beneficial in streaming? I’ve found that I can be connected to people from all over the world and have friends in nearly every time zone. I’ve discovered games I never knew I’d enjoy and gamed with people I never thought I’d typically game with.

3. The biggest deterrent in streaming is the lack of knowledge in mental health that most streamers have. Mental health is so important and it’s something I thought I had a handle on and obviously after nearly 5 years of streaming I don’t have a handle on it. People need to not be afraid to step back and focus on themselves.

4. I think streaming in general will grow, as a career…. I really don’t know. Not many people can stream and make a true career out of it. It’s so unpredictable and varies drastically from month to month. Most all the Mixer partners still have full time or part time jobs to help cover all the bills and day to day expenses.

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The Cutwright

https://www.twitch.tv/Cutwright

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1. Is streaming what you thought it would be?

Nope. When I first started I thought of these ideals of “Loud people for instant fame” and it was easy. It’s the hardest most enjoyable thing I have ever done. I love it, I love who I have become and how I have learned about streaming and being a person online. I have exposed myself to the world and I love it.

2. What have you found beneficial in streaming?

Meeting people, the community, the friends and having actual fans (which fucking blows my mind). All in all I am happy with all the amazing opportunities I have had.

3. What has been a deterrent in your streaming experience?

Confrontational people who are so willing to trash people but not really take the time to get to know them. I love a good troll, but I would rather see people work things through. Grow as a community and work beyond differences. I will always believe that streaming is something we all have to rise in together.

4. Do you think streaming as a career will continue to grow?

I would like to see myself staying as a hobbyist but becoming a member of the community in the actual work space; working for a company or bringing my IT/Project Management experience to an org/IP and benefiting the community from a more unique position. I love streaming, but it’s a great hobby. I would like to be a partner but I want to earn money working in an office, rather than slaving away in a corporate world where I do not feel I belong.

Superblake

https://mixer.com/superblake

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1. Streaming is sort of what I thought it would be. I grew up performing in live shows, so streaming to an audience seems like a natural fit, right? But forging those connections to small communities over the internet through a webcam is completely different.

2. Having a tight group of friends/mods. I don’t like thinking of them as ‘policing’ chat or games but a lot of the time to keep things enjoyable for everyone, it’s necessary. I also don’t think of chat as my audience, more like a group of friends over at my house causing a ruckus and having a good time.
3. Honestly a big deterrent is the cost/return of streaming as a whole. To have a good, not even great, but a good stream I think you should invest money into a proper mic, computer, graphics, etc. You can succeed and start out without that stuff but it’s important to improve your stream as a whole over time. And honestly, I spend 30-40 hours a week making consistent content for free for an audience that I actively try not to monetize. If you are getting into streaming to “get rich quick” you might want to make sure you don’t quit your day job.

4. I think streaming as a career isn’t sustainable. Eventually personalities will fall as new content rises and being a personality is a very limited time thing. Moving laterally from streaming into hosting, creating other content, even working in community management is always going to be a more long term move.

And always-

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