Everyone deserves a good mentor, but not everyone is blessed with having one -- especially in the streaming space. That’s what IAmBPala, or Brandon, is here to help with.
A retail worker by day and a content creator at night, Brandon is someone who loves the social aspect of streaming and wants to share that passion with others. He’s a frequent face in the Pipeline community Discord, always being there to help new streamers out with anything and everything they need. Plus, he’s the host of Waypoint: a talk show where he and a rotating cast of fellow creators help others navigate through their streaming journey.
Having started in 2013, Brandon’s come a long way from where he was. He’s faced a lot of challenges along the way, so he wants to help others and make sure they’re not alone in facing their own hurdles. We sat down with him earlier this week to talk about his beginnings, where he’s at right now and what he plans for the future.
Here’s what he had to say!
Who are you? How would you describe yourself to someone you had just met?
I’m a person who loves entertaining and helping others. I enjoy making people laugh, even at my own expense. As goofy as I can be, I am also a very driven individual who gives 100% to anything I do in life!
How did your streaming journey start?
I started streaming on and off since 2013 -- watching people like Athene, Reckful, Puhdado. I loved connecting with people and just another way to be social with gaming. I got very serious about content creation in 2018 and that’s when I put full focus into it.
What are some of the most memorable milestones of your streaming career?
I decided to hold a random event called The Black Tie event. I dressed up in a suit and streamed and got my biggest raid at the time of 50 people. It was insane for me at the time.
Along with that, some other memorable moments are the 1,000 person raid I got and meeting Snoopeh at TwitchCon and working with him and Pipeline to help content creators.
On the topic of memorable, what about challenges?
The biggest challenge is just getting out of your own head when you are in a slump. Questioning if I am good enough I think happens a lot with people because we tie our self worth to our content.
We just have to slow down and remind ourselves how far we have come and that the journey ahead is going to be worth it. Everyone has ups and downs; it's all about how we get back up.
What do you wish you knew when you were starting out as a streamer that you want new ones to know?
I wish I knew it isn’t just about the time you put in, but where you spend that time. At first I streamed 30-50 hours a week and made a lot of progress but, if I had taken some of that time to learn, grow, and invest in more discoverable platforms I could be further in my journey. That is why I loved Pipeline, helping me be more intentional about streaming and where I invest myself.
A big part of your content is about teaching and helping others. What inspired you to pursue that direction?
I have always had a passion for helping people and teaching others. I feel like it is really powerful to make people happy and change their perspectives on situations. I also love learning about technology and how to do things (as frustrating as it can be sometimes) I have always enjoyed learning things and teaching people what I know.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
My goal is to be as big of a creator and influence people to chase their dreams and goals. Long term, I want to be a full time content creator who inspires others and gives back to the community. Short term, I am trying to become more consistent with offline content and continuously improve my ability to create content at a higher standard.
Any shoutouts you'd like to do? Where can people find you on the internet?