Welcome to the eighth installment of the Pipeline Community Spotlight! Each week, we highlight a member of the community and their story in an effort to share learnings among each other and bring everyone closer together even in these trying times.
Many people say that it takes a lot of time in order to grow as a streamer, that to “make it” you’d need to put in months or even years of work. Many say that it isn’t worth even trying at this point in the industry’s lifespan, and that you’d be best doing something else with your time. Ironsmithy had something else to say about that. In just five months, this Canadian variety streamer has gone from a brand-new content creator to one with over 6,000 followers and 500 subscribers -- all thanks to grit, passion and consistency. To learn more about his story, we sat down with him last week. Here’s what he had to say!
Who are you outside of streaming? Are you a full-time streamer or do you have a day job?
Outside of streaming, I currently work in the Carpenters Union as an Interior Systems Designer. I am, however, retired military having served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Armored Reconnaissance Operator with 2 tours to Afghanistan.
How did you get into gaming?
I got into gaming at a young age playing the Final Fantasy series, Duck Hunt and many more!My first PC game was Warcraft, and it took a TON of floppy discs to install for the young guns floppy discs were what was used before CD's. Ultimately though, my older sister and her friends are what got me hooked. We would all get together to have LAN parties at her house, cables running everywhere it was a mess but some of the most fun I have had growing up. We’d play Starcraft, pulling all nighters and just having fun.
How did your streaming journey start?
Streaming was something that I have wanted to do for some time. Watching people like CourageJD, Nadeshot, Dr Disrespect, Shroud and of course StoneMountain64 all the legends have inspired me. As well having friends along the way telling me that I should start. I started streaming on March 26th 2020, so only 4 months ago. I am a newcomer to the scene but have been very fortunate very early on due to what I have learnt in Pipeline!
What are some of the most memorable milestones of your streaming career?
My most memorable moments (in order) are reaching affiliate, hosting a group mentorship session with StoneMountain 64, and then, most recently completing the Path to Partner achievement on Twitch!I am still eagerly awaiting Twitch's reply!
On the topic of memorable, what about challenges?
Some of the larger challenges was getting used to talking to a camera comfortably and keeping the audience engaged at all times. We don't have a lot of time to catch their attention when they click so keeping that in the back of my mind was something I had to work on as well.
What do you wish you knew when you were starting out as a streamer that you want new ones to know?
As common sense as it seems -- not to play oversaturated games if you are looking for fast growth and to potentially make it a career. If you are streaming a game that all the top streamers are playing -- bringing in over 30k+ viewers a stream -- you are going to be way lower on the browse page making it harder for viewers to find you.Also, make sure to make your streaming page look professional even if you are brand new. Make it stand out! I get a lot of followers that stop by my page when I am offline and still choose to hit the follow button, all because of me having a professional looking-page. Panels, a banner and information about who you are all help!
What advice would you give to up and coming streamers?
My best advice is do the research. Look and see what people are watching and keep an eye out for new games that are about to release with a good following. Get in on those games day one, or if you can get beta access that is even better! And try and have a set schedule. Your followers may know when you will be live in general, but if your schedule has random changes then it makes it harder for them to expect you and plan to tune in. I know that not everybody can do that, but it does help!
What are your goals for the future, both long term and short term?
In the future, I hope to attend TwitchCon as a Twitch Partner. That would be amazing! Short term goals would be getting an approval email from Twitch saying that I have been approved as a partner. And long term, I would like to make streaming a full time career.That's the dream! .