What could be better? Playing the games you love and having people watch you and even pay you sounds like the dream. For some, it is, but there is more to it than just logging into the game and watching your bank account grow.
Set realistic streaming expectations
Going in with your eyes open can help you see some of the roadblocks that every streamer faces. Asking a few good questions before you quit your day job can prevent some heartbreak. Are you prepared to continually interacting with your fans and reach out to them with content that engages them?
Embracing the reality of Streaming
If you expect things to happen overnight, you are in for a rude awakening. Thousands of streamers stream for hours a day with no one watching. Generating an audience can require trial and error and many viral stunts that are akin to buying a lottery ticket. Persistence and consistency can, and do, pay off.
When things go bad
There are times when the reality of streaming turns into burnout. The dream of playing games for money, having everyone love you, and working from home and being your own boss gets replaced by the need to please and pressure to perform, taking no breaks, and experiencing a lot of disappointment. Some streamers have admitted that their path to success included bouts with depression and substantial stress.
Streaming is a great outlet for creating a community around the games you love to play. Great friends can be made, and the enjoyment you get from the game can be multiplied. When it comes to creating a job out of streaming, you just need to have a plan and not jump in headfirst without knowing exactly how deep the pool is that you are jumping into.
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