Interview with [email protected](kingreubs)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
In mid 2020, in the heat of the pandemic, I was really struggling to find ways to interact with people. I was depressed and unproductive on a day to day basis, and I wanted to turn it around. I had the idea to start streaming on twitch. More for fun than anything else. However, I quickly discovered my passion for streaming. I started out with playing rocket league (which I was bad at), and just started going live every day. Immediately I started seeing people come in and chatting, and I began to realize “Woah, people actually are willing to watch me.” I began to really crave that connection with a community, and so I doubled down on streaming, aiming to grow my channel. Currently, I am looking to outreach my content to new viewers. The idea that I have is to post my twitch content on social media, and hopefully I can bring in new people who enjoy my content.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting story that I have is the day that I was invited to the Widers community. Somewhere in my path of streaming, I began playing Dark Souls 3. This attracted the attention of the Widers, a community of players who are known to challenge run difficult games, particularly games like dark souls. They invited me into their community, and graciously helped me find new people to share my content with. I didn’t even realize at first that I wasn’t just part of any old community. I eventually found out that some of the people in the community, were actually gaming legends. Most noteably, The Happy Hob, the first person to ever beat every Souls game consecutively without getting hit ONCE, is a member of the Widers community, among many other awesome people. It is truly an honor that I get to be a part of their community.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Always have fun with the content you are making. Realistically, sometimes, especially when you are just starting out, the raw numbers and statistics you hope to see on your content are just not going to be there. It’s really hard to get noticed in a sea of people dying for social media attention. Make sure you don’t sell your soul for likes and views. Enjoy the content you make, because if you enjoy it, and are having fun, it is likely others will enjoy it too. This is EVEN MORE IMPORTANT once you start getting attention to your content. How many creators do we see burn out every year, because everything becomes about maintaining their analytics, and they stop having fun with it. You control your content. Don’t let your content control you.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I attribute a large amount of my success to the widers community that I mentioned above. Since they reached out to me, I have seen much bigger growth of my channel. Not only did their amazing community help me find new viewers, but also they helped me find new ways to elevate my streaming game. For example, when the popular game Elden Ring came out, I played it on stream, and saw moderate viewership. However, I saw other members of the Widers using unconventional controllers to play through the game in a more challenging fashion. This seemed like a lot of fun. So this past month I began playing Elden Ring, using a steering wheel and foot pedals to control my character. In doing so, my viewership doubled from what it was when I played the game normally. It is little things like that which I picked up from the Widers which helped me elevate my ability to reach new viewers.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
The Widers community runs many charity events on a regular basis on twitch. This inspires me to create charity events of my own. I hope, with some new growth, will come the opportunity to start running charity events of my own.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“If you love your work, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Like I said above, it’s incredibly important to have fun with the content you create. Making sure to always enjoy my content creation has allowed me to get to the point I’m at today
How can our readers follow you on social media?
On Twitch TTV/KingReubs
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Come check me out on Twitch. I’d love to see you guys in stream.