We’re profiling some of Australia’s biggest content creators to see what makes them tick. This month we spoke to full time streamer and self-professed baker, RubeePlays.

Tell us a bit about why and when you started streaming.
Since I was a teenager, I watched ‘Let’s Play’s on YouTube daily, and DoTA2 on Twitch sometimes. Watching content creators do their thing was my biggest inspiration (shout out to Rooster Teeth!). I started Twitch in late 2015 and fell absolutely in love with it!

If streaming didn’t exist, what would you be doing instead?
I’d like to say patisserie, but I didn’t discover that passion until I really got into Twitch (another thing to thank Twitch for!). In reality, I think I’d have some boring desk job that I was pressured into – that’s what it was looking like before Twitch kicked off for me.

What is your favourite part about being a content creator?
Incoming corny answer: The people. Both viewers and other content creators consistently make me want to be a better person and entertainer. This year I plan on creating new and unique types of content to what I usually do, and it’s brilliant that I can experiment like that. This community is so welcoming and supportive and I’m so privileged to be able to do what I love for a living.

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Photo credit: Miguel Angeles photography

Have you noticed much change since you first started streaming?
To be honest I had no idea about the value of community when I first started. It’s something I discovered along the way and I feel like the ANZ community especially is more supportive and tight knit than when I first began on Twitch. Twitch also has a lot more support for creators, discoverability, and their growth since then – i.e. the Grass Roots Program.

What’s your advice for someone starting out as a content creator?
Be genuine. Be humble. Take care of your needs first before streaming, whether that be mentally (taking time for yourself) or financially (having a job on the side). Create the content that makes you happy, there’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to play games that don’t bring you joy.

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