Welcome to the eleventh installment of the Pipeline Community Spotlight! Each week, we’ll be highlighting 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.
For this week’s community spotlight, meet JoeyMetalMan. A Call of Duty: Warzone streamer from Canada, Joey’s most known for serving as a mentor in the Pipeline community and organizing our weekly Pipeline Brawls. If you've ever been active on our Discord server, then you've probably seen him around! Outside of this, he works in the banking industry -- balancing life as both a banker and an active content creator.
Anyone who knows Joey knows that he's one of the most dedicated streamers in the community. A couple of days ago, we spent some time with him to talk about his beginnings, growth and aspirations. Here's what he had to say!
Who are you? How would you describe yourself to someone you had just met?
Hi! I’m Joey a.k.a JoeyMetalman. I’m a Content Creator on Facebook Gaming and a Founding Pipeline Member. My day job is in banking but in the evenings I like to showcase my personality and humor through gaming for my viewers!
How did you get into gaming?
For my eighth birthday my Grandma bought me a Sega Genesis and I have been gaming ever since. I became hooked on Sonic the Hedgehog and that is what started it all.
How did your streaming journey start?
Streaming and content creation is something I've always wanted to do but couldn't find that "right time" to start. I did a ton of research into how to go live, but kept putting it off for years. Until last year, I decided to just go for it! I went live for the first time on Facebook Gaming and I am so glad that I did.
What are some of the most memorable milestones/achievements of your streaming career?
My most memorable achievement so far in my streaming career was hitting that first 1K followers. The support from my community was amazing and it was so fun all celebrating together. Another awesome achievement was hosting my first Modern Warfare Streamer Custom games event. This built a great community of streamers and formed some amazing relationships.
On the topic of memorable, what about challenges?
One of the biggest challenges I've faced in my streaming journey would be trying to deal with an ever changing niche. Figuring out the "why" behind what I have been trying to portray can be difficult when trends and tastes change.
What do you wish you knew when you were starting out as a streamer that you want new ones to know?
When I first started streaming I wish I knew the importance of networking and building real relationships. Never ever reach out to others if it is just for personal gain. Forming those real relationships will get your name out there and help create amazing content on its own.
What motivates you to keep streaming? Is this something you see doing for a long while?
I have always wanted to share my passion for gaming, and sharing it on stream to a community of gamers is very fulfilling. Seeing my community show up every day in chat to discuss games and joke around keeps me motivated to keep going and build an even bigger community. This is definitely something I will be doing for a long time, and would love to turn it into a full-time career.
What defines you as a content creator? What do you think sets you apart from other streamers?
I think that my level of energy and my personal spin on games sets me apart from other streamers. I have a very unique personality when I engage with my chat, and everyone can expect enthusiastic reactions from me all stream!
How were you able to transition from a part-time to a full-time content creator?
Early last year I got a job as a banker and the work schedule was very consistent every week. This allowed me to set up a consistent stream schedule, which ultimately gave me the ability to go live full time. My community kept me motivated to keep up with the stream schedule.
What are your goals for the future? Long term and short term.
My short term goals are: 1) Get the Supporter Button on Facebook! 2) Get my YouTube channel back on track.
My long term goals are: 1) Squad up with StoneMountain64 ;) 2) Quit my day job and make streaming my career!
Any shoutouts you'd like to do? Where can people find you on the internet?
Big shout outs to my community that keep me motivated, Mrs. Metalman for supporting my decision to stream, and Snoopeh and StoneMountain64 for providing so much support to the Pipeline Community.
You can catch me streaming at fb.gg/JoeyMetalman, on Twitter and Instagram @JoeyMetalman, and on YouTube at JoeyMetalman17!