Today we’d like to introduce you to Freya Fox.
Freya, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been playing video games before they were cool. My first game was Duck Hunt on the Nintendo NES way back in the day, I used to rent 007 Goldeneye on the N64, and I played the original Counter-Strike as a kid. Haha, perhaps that dates me but it shows my love for gaming started before I could even read. I must have spent thousands of hours playing Halo with my friends as a kid, nothing was better than doing LAN parties at home.
What made me decide to become a streamer was my love of gaming and love of entertaining people. I always knew I was a natural entertainer after winning many talent shows growing up and I love being in front of the camera. So streaming is the perfect marriage between those.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it hasn’t been smooth. In the beginning, I was working non-stop as a freelance web designer and marketing consultant to support myself, and struggling to make ends meet despite the influx of business. Ultimately I decided there was a definite mismatch between my passion, and what I was currently doing. I slowly started to save money, moved back in with my parents after living independently for many years, and tried to stream seriously every single day.
The transition was rough as I was new to being a streamer. I was very awkward on camera and didn’t know how to really engage my audience and growth was honestly slow on Twitch.TV where I started streaming. Many days my parents would ask me what I was doing with my life, and I would say “playing video games, eventually, I will be paid full time to do this”. Of course, that was probably the worst answer any Asian kid could say, but sooner than later it became true.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a full-time streamer and content creator, which is fancy talk for I play video games for a living. I’m very blessed to be a Facebook Gaming Partner where I get to work daily with the Facebook team to help grow Facebook Gaming as a streaming platform.
Additionally, I’m a PUBG (PLAYER UNKNOWN BATTLEGROUNDS) Partner which has allowed me to work closely with PUBG to test new features, provide feedback, and create content. I’m known for specializing in the popular Battle Royale Genre such as Fortnite and PUBG, as well as first person shooter games like Call of Duty and Overwatch but with a unique twist.
I frequently sing during my gameplay and often make up parodies on the spot, welcome my viewers with the song, and do genre challenges for donation or share goals. I was classically trained in piano, guitar, and singing, so this is my unique “foxy” brand.
I’m most proud of being a part of the Facebook Gaming program as it’s helped me to live out my dreams of entertaining and creating gaming content for people. I’m able to reach hundreds of thousands of people and I’ve been told multiple times that my streams have helped my viewers get through hard times, helped with their depression, etc. It’s comments like that that make me extremely proud. Facebook Gaming allows me to really get to know my community, and it’s that personal connection which is key.
What sets me apart is my ability to relate to a lot of people due to my international experience and language ability. I’ve been told by others that I’m highly marketable in both the West and East as a result of my cultural knowledge and pop culture understanding of both cultures. I speak English, Tagalog, and Mandarin and my streams/content are frequently multilingual.
What were you like growing up?
I was always a very shy kid and was bullied a lot growing up for being lesbian. I loved video games, reading, and learning how to hack and tinker with computers. Naturally, I was introverted but got my social interaction from gaming with friends at home or in the arcades.
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