Welcome to the fifth 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.
Five years. After five years of being an avid Twitch viewer, longtime Pipeline community member L1fewater took a leap and decided to become a creator himself. He hasn't looked back since. Ever since starting his streaming journey in late-2018, he's made great strides in his streaming career -- garnering thousands of followers through his Warframe content and friendly personality.Earlier this week, we took some time to chat with L1fewater to learn more about his story and how he got to where he is today. Here's what he had to say!
Tell us a bit about yourself! How’d you describe yourself to someone you just met?
My name is Dan, AKA “L1fewater”, just your average internet fool who loves gaming and music. I’m also a mental health advocate, and someone who wants to create a space for laughs, as well as heart-to-hearts. I currently work full time at my parent’s dental lab and stream in the evenings, so in my free time, I spend a lot of it resting and relaxing - mainly spending time outside listening to music and enjoying the weather (when it’s nice out, of course).
You've built a good following through your stream, but how did that all start? Where did your streaming journey begin?
I’ve been watching streams on Twitch since 2013 and always wanted to become a streamer. In November 2018, I was able to start that journey. My first stream, I played Warframe, which is my main game to this day, however I dabbled in other games like Uno, Fortnite, Apex Legends, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, and more, and still do every now and then.
How has that journey been so far? What are some of the most memorable moments or breakthroughs you've had along the way?
The journey has been incredible, and I’ve appreciated every second of it, especially with the help from everyone at Pipeline and the amazing community I’ve built. One of my most memorable moments was when I was raided by McConnell with over 1,000 viewers - which left me literally speechless.
That's definitely an awesome moment! How about challenges? Any bumps along the way that you've gone through?
Absolutely. I’ve hit a few really rough burnouts in the past, especially since I consistently stream the same game (Warframe). It has left me feeling lost, stuck, and made me lose confidence in my content. One of the things I’ve learned since these experiences is to find a buffer - find another game, or as of recently for me, Just Chatting, to change things up and keep things fresh. Doesn’t have to completely replace your main repertoire, but even weaving something in once a week or bi-weekly is a good change of pace to prevent burnout.
Let's talk about your stream a little more. How would you describe it to someone?
I primarily stream Warframe, as well as Co-Hosting a mental health segment called The Healing Hour, but other than that my stream is a Jack-of-all trades! We laugh, meme, goof around, and roast each other, while also being able to shift focus into more serious topics such as Warframe discussions, mental health, personal issues, etc. You’ll also probably see me wearing one of my many ridiculous hats, or me dancing terribly.
So even with burn outs and challenges and all that, what is it about streaming that keeps you doing it?
My dream even before I started streaming was to be able to do it for a living. I’ve always admired creators being able to interact with viewers, have great discussions, game, and goof around, and once I started streaming, I realized how much I loved doing those things once I actually started streaming. It’s something I’ve always wanted, and now that I’m on my journey, I won’t stop until I achieve my dream.
Has creating always been something you've wanted to do? Or was it more out of a love for games?
I’ve always loved games, and have been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember, but I also love interacting with people - having good conversation and whatnot. Streaming and creating is something where I am able to enjoy both of those things, while also being able to put my own creative spin on it.
So what are your long term goals for your streaming career? How about short term ones?
Since I started streaming Warframe, I’ve always wanted to become a Warframe Partner. After a couple of failed attempts, and waiting for the new program to surface, I have reapplied and my current goal is to be able to become a Warframe creator. As far as long term goals - achieve twitch partner by the end of the year/beginning of next year, and the main long term goal - be able to sustain myself through streaming and become a full time content creator.
That's awesome! And as we wrap up this interview, are there any words of advice you'd like to give to newer streamers? And are there any shoutouts you'd like to make?
Just a shout out to my community - I really am fortunate to have so many supportive and caring people in my stream. Advice for new streamers: make a plan - set up a schedule and stick to it. Consistency is key!