“Really fun is when people say like, what do you do? The opportunities and experiences that you get given in this kind of role“ are the thing that Sophia “Djarii“ White likes the most about her position as a Streamer at Twitch. Her job is primary about coming on her stream every day, playing games and entertaining people. But she also has to do and coordinate marketing and social media activities. Which skills do you need to be a streamer? “You need to be open to new thoughts and ideas and you need to be social and some kind of confident and unique about yourself.“
Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?
My name is Sophia White and my Twitch name is Djarii. My job title could be characterized under a few different words. Streamer, broadcaster, entertainer, gamer.
Worum geht es in Deinem Job?
There are actually a lot of responsibilities in this job that people aren't even aware that's going on. The primary thing that you'll see is coming on your stream on Twitch for four-plus hours every single day and playing some games and entertaining some folk, online. But then behind that there's a lot of the business side of things like social media growth and graphics and marketing and all that kind of stuff that belongs with having your own business as it were. But generally it's just entertaining people and having a good time on stream. In general I just wake up some time in the afternoon and make my breakfast at 2:00 PM and then at 6:00, or at least try for 6:00 in the evening, start up a game, start up a stream, play for some time 12:00 to 1:00 AM. And then from then on I'll do any kind of other stream-related activities, i.e. graphics or talk to people. I don't actually get a lot of free time to myself because I spend an awful lot of time sleeping. But ideally I would like to get stuff done in the day like shopping and whatever and then stream in the evening.
Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?
I went to school, standard. I went to college and studied art, and that got me to 17 when I moved to Scotland on my own and I worked in a couple call centers and did some boring jobs just to make enough rent to stay where I was living. Then I went to college again, studied art again. As you can tell, I kind of enjoyed that. But during this time at college, I was paying games with my friends and we had discovered Twitch and thought it would be a good chance to just go on there and do it for fun, yeah? We used to make some silly YouTube videos. So we thought we'd just give Twitch a go. Then I did that every single day for like 10 to 12 hours every single day. I did that because I could see growth happening. I could see community building, just as I was streaming every day, and I just wanted to keep going. I wanted to keep that momentum and seeing this channel grow into what it is now. From there I didn't stop. That was nearly two years ago.
Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?
It doesn't matter what background you come from, other than the fact that your background kind of influences your personality. Your personality what's really important. You need to be open to new thoughts and new ideas. You need to be social. You need to have some kind of confidence and some kind of unique trait about yourself that will be why people want to watch you, or why people want to see what you're doing. But definitely the main thing is being social and confident enough to say what you feel and speak with everyone who's around you. Because it's like a public kind of position. You're doing something in front of an audience of what could be ten to thousands of people you know? It's definitely something you need some confidence and some social capabilities to do.
Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?
You know what's really fun is, is when people say like, "What do you do?" I'm like, "Well, let's take a seat. Let me tell you about all this cool stuff that I get up to." Getting these opportunities that you get with being in this position. I never would have that a couple years ago that I would be sitting doing an interview right now in DreamHack in Sweden where downstairs I've got this cool computer setup and like 200 people are watching a chair that I haven't even sat in for two hours. It's amazing. Just the experiences and the opportunities that you get given in this kind of role, it's just out of this world. I never thought I would be in a position where I can do something that I loved so much and be able to continue doing that all the time. It's amazing.
Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?
The challenges are definitely relating to the abuse that you get online. Sometimes you'll have a bad day and you know you have a stream to do in a couple of hours and you're just not feeling it, or someone said something to you in the chat and you've taken it to heart and you're a bit upset about that. Because in the end of the day we are all human beings, you know? You'd never go up to someone in the street and be like, "You're a terrible person. You're this, this, and that." It just wouldn't happen. But online people can do that. It's no skin off their nose to do it but it definitely affects the person on the other side receiving it. While to an extent you can ignore it and push it off as trolls, sometimes it's really hard to listen to people insulting you all the time or saying negative things about you. Especially when you're trying to be positive. So that's definitely one of the most difficult things about it.
Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!
The first and foremost thing that I would tell my 14 year old self is: Sophia, it gets so much better. Don't be upset all the time, because these people are picking on you now, but you know what? You're gonna be doing this, this and that, and they're gonna be working in Tescos. So that's awesome. Don't worry. Everything is going to be fine. That's definitely what I would tell my 14 year old self who had no kind of passion for anything and was generally a very unhappy child. I would definitely tell her to cheer up because it's gonna be really good. That's probably the main thing I would say to myself. Sophia, stop plucking your eyebrows. Because those are not okay, 14 year old Sophia.