Growing up I always loved playing games on my PC. I started Runescape when I was in 4th grade and played several MMOs growing up such as MapleStory, Mabinogi, and Gunbound. I got to meet so many amazing people online from guilds and all my best friends played with me after school. However my favorite game has to be KOTOR which I played on my first ever xbox. I played the game more than four times while the CD was literally damaged and I would have to wait several minutes for the broken cutscenes to go through. These games all made such a huge impact on me throughout my life and made me become a huge gamer till this day.
I always loved watching content creation ever since I was younger. When I was young around middle to high school I watched a lot of YouTubers such as Pewdiepie, Yogscast, Markiplier, and so many more. They inspired me a lot, but I was always really shy growing up so I never pushed myself to make YouTube. Later growing up I got introduced to streaming from an ex with our love of gaming and that's how I delved into streaming casually and now full-time. Back then, I didn’t have a gaming PC but only a laptop to play games so I could only stream on the weekends at their house casually. Years later and I have my own setup and stream five days a week!
My channel revolves around Variety and Art. Gaming and Art are both my biggest passions in life. I typically try to change up the games since I used to stream Minecraft for years and went through a huge burnout so I just get to play whatever I feel like such as story games, FPS, or even just chill and chat with my community. Later I always try to dedicate time to do my art since one of my life goals is to be an Illustrator. Honestly, having a very awesome and positive community really helps a lot in being a variety streamer. They are always super supportive and love to welcome new people from each category.
Branding myself as a streamer was super difficult for me because I honestly didn’t know where I was going with my channel for the longest time. I was stuck being a Minecraft streamer for years and ended up being super unhappy where I was. Later, I ended up rebranding myself to Ceweina which is more true to how I am as a person without holding back or forcing myself to be “PG.” It also took me years to get partnership since I went through a ride or journey of finding which games to main as a streamer or what to do with my content. But, I ended up just choosing to be a variety streamer after I went through several games, and now I found a really happy balance of what to play and doing art. I ended up getting partnered in February 2021 and am currently balancing full-time streaming with my art.
Balancing streaming and life is a huge issue that a lot of streamers usually struggle with.
I am still learning to find a good middle ground of working hard towards my goals but not overworking where I don't spend enough time for myself. That’s why I try to take two days off but hold one day for my discord community to watch movies/shows. Though, I try to focus on art or other social media work during these two days or do errands naturally it’s been a lot easier for me to just focus on streaming in general since the pandemic. I don’t really get to go out either way! But sometimes I have days where I chill and spend time with family or friends which are always really nice. Having walks outside or just doing a nice self care day is always needed for good mental health!
My favorite apps right now are SLOBS or anything Streamlabs since they make it super easy to integrate your alerts together and save your settings on your OBS.
Streamelements for chat commands and help moderate. StreamelEments has a lot of nice command variables you can create and they never fail!
Discord is honestly always my favorite place to hangout and really update my community on what's going on with the stream or notify others when I’m live. I use discord literally everyday, that's how much I seriously love that app.
Don’t compare yourself or strain your mental by overworking towards partnership!! It’s good to push yourself towards your goals but there is definitely a balance in trying to reach for partnership. I know several streamers who have definitely been burnt out and even I have experienced it! Sometimes overlooking your numbers and comparing yourself happens throughout your twitch career so do not let that ever hinder your own journey because everyone is different and you can definitely do anything you set your mind to.
I would change how hard it is to discover new and smaller streamers. Twitch discovery systems are sometimes very lacking unless you already have a huge audience or fanbase.