Welcome to the second installment of the Pipeline Community Spotlight! For those new to the series, this is a weekly set of articles highlighting a member of the Pipeline community and their story in an effort to share learnings among each other and bring everyone closer together even in these trying times.
This week, we’re featuring Shantelle "TelleVision" Thomas, a rising Facebook FPS streamer! Born and raised in New York City, Shantelle's love for video games led to her wanting to share that passion through livestreaming. Since her start about a year and a half ago, she's grown to over 12,000 followers -- all while juggling life as a full-time Biology major! We recently took the time to sit down with TelleVision to learn more about her, her streaming career and her plans for the future.
Here's what she had to say!
Tell us a bit about yourself! How’d you describe yourself to someone you just met?
My name is Shantelle but most people call me Telle! I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and I'm currently 3 years into my Biology degree. I started streaming during my junior year of college and its been a journey ever since.
You're quite the active streamer now, but how exactly did you get into streaming in the first place?
I first started on Twitch after a friend of mine recommended I share my gameplay with other people. After streaming on the platform for around 5 months, I created a page on Facebook Gaming and made the switch officially in March of 2019. Although my initial reason for streaming was to broadcast my gameplay, its become so much more than that.
Anyone who watches your stream knows that you're incredibly passionate about the games you play! Was gaming always a big part of your life growing up?
Gaming wasn't a part of my life until I turned 14, and my brother let me play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on his PS3. I was so hooked, especially on the mode that had waves of enemies. It taught me endurance and it also peaked my interest in the Zombies mode in various Call of Duty games.
That's awesome! And you still stream a lot of Call of Duty, right? What is it about streaming in general that you like?
Yes I do! The one thing about streaming I like the most is interacting with my community and meeting new people every time I go live. It's amazing to see how people who have been interested in my content a year ago interact with someone who just heard of my stream yesterday. The interactions allow them to learn about each other and even about me; creating a space where that can thrive is the best thing to me when it comes to streaming.
How has your streaming journey evolved since you started? You started out streaming on Twitch then went on to Facebook, but what else has changed since then?
I wasn't very talkative in the beginning and I was also shy when it came to reaching out to other streamers. Nowadays, its a huge 180 ; I'm always cracking jokes, replying to someone's comment or shouting out people that stop by. Regarding co-streams, I was able to reach out and plan more over the months, and even made some new friends doing so.
Personal development is always great. But speaking of that, let's look at the future. What are some of your future goals as a streamer, or even just as a person overall?
My next goal as a streamer kind of ties in with my personal life goal, which is to be a partnered streamer on the platform by or around the time I graduate from college. As an add on, I do plan on going after my masters in Computer Science, and continuing to grow the stream.
What made you decide to shift from a life science to CS for your post grad? Did streaming play a part in that?
I'm interested in both. Life science always came easy to me in school (except Chemistry) and computer science was always an interest of mine. I've been wanting to try coding and see what can come of it.
Streaming might have, graphics is another interest of mine, or just tech in general -- so spending time creating and editing things for stream, I guess it grew my interest in that field!
This has been a great talk; thanks so much for your time! Before we end, any advice you'd like to give to upcoming streamers?
Yes, of course. Creating a connection with your community can take you a long way, I would definitely recommend that to any upcoming streamer. Also, networking is your best friend!
That's all for this week's Community Spotlight, and we hope you learned something new from Shantelle's story! If you want to watch her stream and learn more about her, check her out on her official page! Until then, thanks for reading!