1. What is the story behind your channel name?
I am a big roleplayer in the Star Trek Online Community and Selek Varen is the name of my character in this game.
2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?
I started gaming with a Sega Master System with Alex the Kid. Since then I have loved my video games.
I love playing strategy games or city builders but most recently I have started survival games. Currently, my favourite game is Subnautica - but for a free game to play - Star Trek Online is also ranked number one for me!
3. What/Who inspired you to start creating content on the internet?
I am sorry to say it but actually JoeR247 inspired me to get into streaming. His words were "Do it you won't!" so I did.
4. When did you start creating content on the internet?
Officially, 31st August 2018.
5. What is your content creation setup. Specs and accessories?
PC Manufacture - Stormforce
Processor - AMD Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon Vega Graphics 3.6 GHz
Ram - 8GB - I was able to upgrade my ram in June 2019 to 16GB
Operating System - Window 10
I have a mic and cam - cheapy things from Amazon and my phone - which I use to see what is going on in chat as I only have the one monitor.
6. How did you find the first few weeks/months of content creation? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)
It was hard work to begin with - trying to read chat whilst playing a game - was a whole new learning experience for me. However, you do get used to it quickly. The next hard thing to learn was to talk to your stream even though you don't have any viewers. This is something that I am still getting used to but having music in the back ground, a bottle of archers and Pepsi do help! ;-)
So funny stories, erm.... no funny stories that I can remember.
Well..... there is one thing that was a mistake whilst live. I switched on Song Request for the first time and one of my moderators requested Baby Shark. So being the fool that I am, I started doing the actions - and knocked my camera off its stand and it fell behind the desk - during the live stream! The world could see how filthy it was behind my desk.
Now I ensure that at least once a week I pull the desk out and clean behind it - just in case! ;-)
7. How did you grow your channel? How did you network?
Well I started looking for streaming communities and became friends with a load of people - started watching what people do to grow their channel and magpied ideas from lots of people.
I have plans going forward on how to grow my channel which include Lego figures and a display case.
8. What has been your proudest moment so far?
Proudest moment - would have to being able to call a bunch of people behind a computer screen my friends. Soppy I know but being able to have friends that actually care about you but are also technically strangers fills me with hope in the world we live in. However, proudest moment as a content creator - would have to be becoming a Twitch Affiliate in December 2018 - 4 months after starting.
When I started, I wasn't streaming for the money. All I wanted was at least one person to talk to and inspire into getting the game I was playing. For me, it was and still is a hobby!
9. How did you find the technical side of content creation? Setting up your channel, etc?
Following the YouTube videos helped setting things up - there's things that I still don't know how to do but until I have a bit more of schedule with the streaming, I don't see the point in having things set up - not just yet any ways.
One of my friends - Pixlebun - did a fantastic job in creating my overlays for all my screens within the stream.
TheGeekTV and Twice-The-Slice created my emotes for me.
10. What do you enjoy most about your content creation hobby/career?
For me - interacting with people over something I enjoy. Seeing people enjoy the games that I do is my satisfaction. People can also see how passionate I am about the game - some of them I will go into details or provide tips that I have seen from others.
I am one to promote other streamers during my live sessions especially if I have taken an idea from them - I would like to get them recognised for the ideas.
11. What don't you enjoy so much about your content creation hobby/career?
People say that you shouldn't look at the viewer count when streaming. However, when the count is zero it is quite upsetting emotionally to try and keep going - talking about the games and being yourself to literally no-one.
Being by myself is the worst! I love lurkers - at least I know I have one person in the background I am talking to. My husband suffers from strokes and has one at least once every couple of months. The number of strokes have affected his hearing and now he hears everything at the same level. The sound of me typing/ talking to basically thin air constantly for a couple of hours whilst he is trying to watch TV drive him mad. So not being able to stream when I want to is annoying.
Currently, my streaming schedule is non-existent and it tends to be during the day if I have managed to finish work early. Eventually, (hopefully in a couple of months time) we will be moving and I will be able to get a study where I can have a proper set up and schedule.
12. What are you short term and long term goals for your channel/s?
To get a schedule set up and a regular routine going - however, I need to move first and get a study/office/spare room that allows me to be away (or at least in a different room) to the hubby!
13. What advice would you give anyone looking to get into content creation?
Don't do it for the money. If your aim is to "make it big quickly" in the streaming world, it will not work. You need to stream for a different reason. May of my friends get regular payouts from Twitch but others get a payout once a year if they are lucky.
14. Finally, what other content creators do you enjoy watching and recommend people check out?
I have too many to shout out here - I love many streamers but I suppose I have to shout out the interviewer - JoeR247 but I suppose the one streamer(s) that I love watching, give me a belly ache from laughing so much is Twice_the_slice. A married couple that stream together. Worth watching!
SelekVaren - a Twitch streamer that is camp and friendly. He is also a variety streamer that likes many games that include city builders, survival games and MMO.
Find his streams at https://twitch.tv/selekvaren and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/selekvaren
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