Welcome to Profiles in Diversity, our blog series featuring interviews with the recipients of our Creator Diversity Fund. Each week we post a Q&A session with today’s profile on miniature model painter and entertainer Nelinde.
Q. How did your streaming career get its start?
Nelinde: I first started streaming on YouTube back in 2017. I’ve always been a gamer and as a full time Mam, it was the perfect way to get some down time when they were all in bed. I would be playing World of Warcraft with friends and do some chilled out live streaming of whatever I was doing in game every once in a while. It was a great way to meet new people and have that social interaction without needing to find a babysitter! I made the switch to Twitch in November 2017 continuing to play WoW. I didn’t have a camera or a mic and would reply to viewers by typing in chat until I finally decided to start streaming regularly in Feb 2018 and became Affiliate in March 2018 as a Variety Gamer.
I discovered Warhammer and painting miniature models and took it up as a hobby which became part of my stream. I made the switch to a Creative streamer in October 2018 and have been painting miniature models on stream ever since, with the occasional gaming stream here and there.
Q. Can you tell me more about your show?
I love chatting and interacting with my audience, to the point where it’s become a running theme of me not actually getting much painting done on stream because I’m so focused on chat lol. We chat about anything and everything, from the weather, current world events and of course everything miniature model related. I’ve built up a fantastic community, “Nelinde’s Squig Sanctuary”, over the last few years who are extremely supportive and welcoming. Everyone shares the common goal of improving their painting technique and having fun whilst doing so, often offering creative advice and encouragement to each other.
I also run charity events, fundraising for different causes by completing 24h charity streams. I’m known for my “extended” streams and my longest fundraiser has lasted around 37hrs! Over the last 3 years I’ve raised almost £6000 for causes such as ExtraLife, SpecialEffect, Wales Air Ambulance and Velindre Cancer Center and more! I get an immense amount of joy from raising money for so many worthy causes in need. I don’t have money to spare myself so I donate my time instead and have loads of fun in the process!
Q. What is the art on your channel inspired by?
My love of everything Squig! Since discovering Warhammer, I fell in love with the creatures known as Squigs and painting them in the most bizarre and fantastical colours. I find them adorable and loveable and the world needs more Squigs!
Q. What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced as a streamer?
I would say the biggest challenge of being a streamer and wanting to make a success of it was finding my place amongst a sea of other streamers. It’s tough to work out what your “thing” is when there’s not much that is new or original nowadays.
It’s probably a cliché, but as a female who likes to game, there was a lot of times where viewers would be less than kind about their “stereotypical” gaming capabilities as I wasn’t top tier or the best etc. I’d often get remarks about the way I looked or get told too “get back in the kitchen” and it can be quite demoralizing. Thankfully people like that are few and far between and I have an amazing community and an outstanding team of mods to deal with the trolls. Over time you discover that it’s not you, it’s a reflection of them as a person and you grow a thick skin and learn to ignore them!
Q. What is the most entertaining experience you’ve had on stream?
Probably the time I was showing my new note book to my viewers and it kinda went very, very wrong lol!
Q. Anything to add?
On a streaming platform such as Twitch, first impressions are everything and the key to achieving a positive first impression is to have a great looking stream. I find it important to have nice looking graphics for viewers to watch, something that’s going to help grab their attention and hopefully entice them to stick around long enough to get to know me and my community.
Having the opportunity to work with some fantastic artists and experienced StreamElements team members will help improve the quality and overall viewer experience of my stream and make it as fun and interactive as possible. This in turn will hopefully help me too push my stream in the right direction, and who knows, maybe even get Partnered on Twitch one day! I feel extremely fortunate for this opportunity and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
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