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      The Normies Origin Story & Inspiration with Suraj Choudhary

      How was The Normies channel originally born?

      I would often host watch parties of shows like Breaking Bad and True Detective. Then one day I decided to have my friends over for Game of Thrones and just decided to stick a camera in front of us. I didn't really tell them what I was doing with the footage.

      What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

      We differentiated ourselves immediately by being more knowledgeable about the subject matter as well as playing games related to the material we were watching. Our interactivity with the audience helped a lot in our early days.

      What did you learn about yourself through becoming a career streamer?

      Before we started doing this, I would often see other popular streamers' careers and thought it was incredibly simple. I learned it's definitely not as easy as it looks. It can be taxing to be 'present' and energetic during streams. You are functioning as an entertainer, player and personality.

      What makes the reaction community so special?

      People watch reactions to connect emotionally with others based on their collective love for stories. What makes them special is they end up knowing you a lot more personally than you would ever expect them to. Little intricacies and how certain scenes touch us emotionally can really share your personality with people online.

      Which streamers influenced you the most?

      PewDiePie has been doing it the longest and obviously he is the biggest YouTuber. Lately he has had more of a commentary style take for his streams and I've noticed that lots of people look up to his opinion. He has shown me it's important to not be afraid to let your mask down and show your true self/be down to earth.

      Any fun stories or wild moments you can share?

      This one time we were sent a package in our PO box that...well...wasn't something you would legally expect to find in a package! We weren't live at the time (thank goodness) but we all had a great big laugh about it. We took it as a lesson to tell people NOT to send us weed or other illegal things through our PO box. Just didn't expect people would love us/know our personalities well enough to send us something like that.

      What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

      My favorite memory as a gamer is when we won back-to-back victories in COD: Warzone during our charity livestream. We hadn't gotten a single victory in the longest time and to get TWO back-to-back for such an important cause really galvanized us and motivated us to continue to entertain in our streams.

      Who will enjoy your channel the most?

      Those who will enjoy our channel the most are people that are huge passionate fans of the shows/movies/games they consume. We are down to earth people and at best we represent that friends group you have all had at some point in your life.

      Anything else you'd like to add?

      YouTube/Streaming is the absolute best combination of everything I've wanted to do with life. Being a filmmaker, entertainer, comedian, gamer. I couldn't ask for a better life.

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with Penguinius

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with Penguinius

       

       

       

      How was your stream originally born?

       

       

      My husband, GeneralElost, is the original streamer on the channel which started back in 2017. In 2018 I started co-streaming on his channel with gaming, but near the end of 2018 I did a cooking fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in which our community unlocked a milestone for me to do weekly cooking streams in 2019. After 2019, I fell in love and kept up the schedule of doing cooking streams on Mondays in addition to random gaming streams.

       

       

      What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

      Going from the wife of a streamer and moderator in chat to being a constant face on stream as co-streamer was a lot of fun for our community. I also started a segment called "Viewer Request" which is where I took recipes that I knew nothing about and figured them out on stream with everyone. My audience seems to be most engaged when I'm experimenting or having to problem solve on stream, which I love doing and bringing chat into working things out with me.

       

       

      What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused streamer on Twitch?

      Finding confidence, patience, and flexibility in myself have been huge. Learning how to plan a "menu" for the night, but then how to go with the flow of whatever happens live with people watching without getting upset or self conscious has been very beneficial. Before streaming, I would stress so much about time crunches for meals to be done and wanting things to be perfect, but hosting a live show where people can comment in real-time has helped me relax and accept what happens in the kitchen. I have found that I am more flexible than I thought in accepting difficulties and I have a lot of creativity in me to come up with solutions.

       

       

      What makes the food community on Twitch so special?

      The variety in personalities and cooking backgrounds/experiences for both the streamers and viewers are amazing. Bouncing around and watching other streamers, I have found some that are home cooks like me all the way up to some experienced chef's showing off their skills but are still down to earth and accessible for the viewers to chat with. The viewers are also great, bringing in their own experiences and cultures leading to some fun conversations and learning experiences. I have learned so much from the viewers about the types of food they eat and what is different between my ingredients and methods compared to their own.

       

       

      Which streamers influenced you the most?

      Inside of the food community, LadyHana and Twogirls1game were some of my first inspirations after listening to them talk at a Twitchcon panel about their experiences as a food streamers. LadyHana helped frame my mind of going with the flow and relaxing on stream, not stressing about any mistakes or whoopsies while Twogirls1game's unique spin on creating personas and having such a unique experience in the kitchen both inspired me. Outside of the food category, Littlesiha has always been a huge influence on how to just be yourself and don't hold back. That has really helped me feel comfortable with myself to not put on a "face" for an audience but be the real me for viewers to get to interact with.

       

       

      Any fun stories or wild moments you can share?

      Charity is a huge focus of our channel, and in the kitchen, we have an annual fundraising event that includes a lot of pies and pudding. I have thrown so many pies filled with pudding, whipped cream and random toppings that have been splashed on all of our cabinets, floors, and ceilings leading to tons of craziness. One time we were feeling super generous for a great donation and ended up dumping a huge tub of pudding all over my husband's head and back. In another stream, I was attempting a traditional gingerbread recipe out and it failed horribly! The dough came out as thick as a brick, so I went through all my kitchen tools from mallets to specialized sushi knives to try and make a dent. I was determined to make that dough work and eventually we got a tool to slice the massive brick up into mini bricks and make mini brick gingerbread cookies. Those cookies have become a vendetta for my channel and I have attempted this recipe 3 times now to try and tackle it.

       

       

      What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

      My favorite memory as a gamer is back when I was little in my home with my brothers, playing Super Mario World. I loved waking up on the weekend, staying in my pajamas, mom cooking breakfast, and we all crowd around the SNES and TV. At first I was too little to play so I would just watch them and I loved seeing how they would banter back and forth but still fully enjoy the game. As I got older it was fun to join in and tackle the game myself and there was nothing more pleasing than getting through the Super Mario World and Donkey Kong games!! Gaming has always been so community driven for me, either just watching or playing. Like in college, hanging out in the common areas and playing round after round of Guitar Hero together late into the night were some of my best bonding moments with a lot of my friends.

       

       

      Who will enjoy your stream the most?

      I am a self taught cook with no formal training but I love sharing my own experiences from succeeding and failing in cooking. Learning from mistakes is great! Also, just experimenting in the kitchen and "playing" with food so it is not intimidating and seems approcable. Anyone that wants to learn the basics, some tips and tricks, as well as how to learn from a recipe together would fit in well with this stream. There are a lot of "learning moments" as I tackle things I have never tried or encounter problems with recipes on stream, so the chat and viewers get to be a part of the problem solving experience and we all learn together. That and I have an odd personality and I firmly believe the more sound effects you make while cooking, the better the food comes out, so there are many ways to stay entertained while watching! My streams also have captions on at all times, so it is accessible for anyone that cannot access the audio or need them as support if English is not their first language. I use American Sign Language myself so if anyone requests it, I don't mind signing while streaming as well. All are welcomed!

       

       

      Anything else you'd like to add?

      Cooking, like gaming, is meant to be fun! There can be stressful times in the kitchen and things might seem intimidating, but you can't learn without trying first. I really aim to make the kitchen not look like a scary place and be just as fun as gaming. It is a good life skill to have and the more accessible and relatable I can make it be, the better!

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with Corky Cooks

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with Corky Cooks

       

       

      How was your stream originally born?

      I started streaming games on YouTube for fun and got hooked.

       

       

      What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

      I've been told that I have these sayings which my community calls them "Corkyisms" I tend to say things that make them laugh and they are kinda out there. I've also been told that I have way too much energy and it draws people in.

       

       

      What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused streamer on Twitch?

      Well, one day I decided to do a cooking stream and it just took off. I wanted to change things up on my channel instead of constantly playing games. I felt like it was something different and it's also something I enjoy doing, so I thought why not give it a try? Then my community loved it so much over the years that's what they requested and whenever I had guests over I would have them on my cooking streams, it was a ton of fun.

       

       

      What makes the food community on Twitch so special?

      I think it's because it's something different. You can engage with your viewers and talk about anything like as though they are right there with you in your kitchen. It's more personable.

       

       

      Which streamers influenced you the most?

      My big gurl's One Shot Gurl, LuckyDucky, and my big boi MepTech. They are awesome people and streamers.

       

       

      Any fun stories or wild moments you can share?

      There have been many moments where my friends and I would play COD for hours and stream it! I would down energy drinks and go all night!

       

       

      What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

      I would have to say gaming all night long with my friends, and making hilarious COD vids or just vids in general. We always had a blast! My friend Lauren can really make awesome vids.

       

       

      Who will enjoy your stream the most?

      I am not sure. I hope everyone has a good time.

       

      Support a great cause, and celebrate the Twitch food community

      Monday, September 7th
      at 12PM EST

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with VikingPrincess

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with VikingPrincess

       

       

       

      How was your stream originally born?

      I had been a part of a large gaming community for a few years, but the game died and I was looking for something else. I found PUBG but I was missing the community aspect I had had before.

      I enjoyed watching streamers interact with their chats, and figured "Hey! I can do that!" So one random Sunday afternoon, after thinking about it for about 1 hour, I plugged in my suuuuuuper old camera and went live!

       

       

      What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

      At the beginning, it was all about getting in touch with my former gaming community, as well as meeting new people. I had little structure and no set paths on how to grow. After about 8 months I decided to set my first sub-goal. I asked my community what they wanted to do if we made the goal, and they said COOK! So I Set up a monthly sub-goal and we crushed it! The community LOVED the first cooking stream where we made a traditional Norwegian lamb stew and I broke a very expensive crystal wine glass....! I decided to continue setting simple, attainable goals and to do themed streams if we reached them, involving the community in what those streams would look like. Even though cooking streams is a regular occurance for us now, the community still love the themed streams where they get to manipulate what happen on stream/what I do - like getting a pie smashed in my face, adding cinnamon to my chowder (which was actually really good!), taste super awful sour candy etc.

       

       

      What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused streamer on Twitch?

      I always loved cooking, and making meals from scratch has been something my family has done my whole life. Cooking is like therapy for me. Through my cooking streams I realized how rare my relationship with cooking is in my community, and how many misconceptions there were related to food. I remember asking once why people don't make dinner, and they pretty much all said because they don't have time. So I asked "how much is too much time"? and pretty much everyone said that if it took 30 min or less, they would do it. So I started my series of "Healthy Meals in less than 20 min" making dinner on stream twice/week. By demand, this made me write my cookbook "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" which led to me creating 2 online courses relating to food, healthy eating and how to get comfortable in your own kitchen - even if you have never made anything in your whole life! I guess I never really appreciate how lucky I was growing up and getting such a great relationship with food and cooking.

       

       

      What makes the food community on Twitch so special?

      I love how many different variations there is of cooking streams on twitch! From college students making their favorite pizzas or pastas, to professional chefs in large kitchens! There are streamers that only stream to the Food and Drink category, and there are streamers who do it only once as a special event for their community. No matter who it is, a food stream is always so positive and excited - cause I mean - it's FOOD! The creativity streamers have with their setups, cooking outside or at their dining table - it is something incredibly welcoming when they open up their space to you that way. It's definitely different than the RGB lit gaming rooms (don't get me wrong, my regular stream room is as purple as you get it with LEDs everywhere!) when you get to see someone interact in their home. It feels a lot more personal and you get a very different connection with the streamer and community.

       

       

      Which streamers influenced you the most?

      For cooking, I honestly didn't get to see much before I jumped in it myself! I never considered streaming from the kitchen, and at that time there was no "Food and Drink" category or stream labels on twitch, so it was hard to find cooking streams. I did however attend my first TwitchCon just a month or two after, and there was a cooking stream panel happening. The room was PACKED! I loved hearing about the difficulties the panelists had experienced during their streams, and it felt great knowing I was not the only one who was breaking things or accidentally missing an ingredient! I was really impressed by the variety of cooking streams and how there was so much creativity within the scene - from "cooking with whatever is in my fridge" to planned and structured meals. But it is clearly a space where everyone can fit in.

       

       

      Any fun stories or wild moments of how you made the transition from Mixer?

      I only ever streamed on Mixer once. Although it was a good experience, I decided to focus on Twitch, as my schedule wouldn't allow me to dedicate the time I wanted to 2 communities.

       

       

      What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

      ooooh. This one is hard! But it has to be from January 2015. I had been a PC gamer for ~6 months and was becoming a part of a large TF2 community. One of the clan members was a singer/songwriter, and he used to have Friday concerts through Mumble (pre-Discord days) where we all listened in while having drinks, singing along, playing the game, and giving song requests for him to play on an impressive collection of instruments! Although all these nights were magical, one day I had requested my favorite song at the time (From Eden by Hozier) and I was deep in the song, swinging my head, when I noticed the lyrics had been changed. The last part of the song had been altered to include a formal invitation for me to join the Clan. My boyfriend (who was one of the founding members of the clan and been a part of it for over 10 years) went on to dump a bucket of balloons on my head as I was just choked, excited, and incredibly grateful! I had never thought I could have found so strong relationships and friendships through an online community like that, and it meant the world to me. Lol even writing this now gives me goose-bumps and happy tears!

       

       

      Who will enjoy your stream the most?

      Although I mainly play PUBG, my stream is all about community. We are there for each other 24-7, even if the stream is not live. If you are looking for honest, kind people to play games with, share recipes with, or get motivated for your workouts - the Silvered Vikings is the place for you! Although I play competitive PUGB, when I stream, my chat is what is important. So if you are looking for insane plays, there are other channels more suitable for that! But if you want to interact with the streamer, ask questions about the game and gameplay, food, health and fitness - or just find a positive place to hang out - we would love to meet you <3

       

       

      Anything else you'd like to add?

      I am incredibly excited to be invited to be a part of this event! Combining our community's interest and passions with supporting a charitable cause means a lot to me. I can't wait to step out of my comfort zone and play a completely different and new type of game for me, and also involve the community in what is happening on stream.

       

      Support a great cause, and celebrate the Twitch food community

      Wednesday, September 23
      at 3PM EST

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with SushiDay

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with SushiDay

       

      How was your stream originally born?

      My husband and I started streaming cooking on our SushiDay channel on Twitch almost three years ago, and then about a year ago decided to dabble in creating videos for YouTube. At the time, our YouTube videos were sushi only, but after a few months we stopped because we were having a lot of trouble creating high-quality videos (and just doing sushi gets VERY repetitive.)

      In January of this year, we were doing more streaming on our SushiCodes Twitch channel, creating game prototypes, and we bought a new camera so we could both have face cams for the stream. Then, a month later, we started our SushiCodes YouTube channel, dabbling in Let's Play content and devlogs.

      We hadn't intended to get back into creating food videos for YouTube, but in May of this year, another streamer suggested editing our stream VODs to create short recipe videos. At the time, we were also starting to get a little burnt out on streaming. We tried making short videos from our stream VODs, and then realized, we have a fancy new camera, why not use that? We did a test run of a full video, realized how much easier it is to create videos now that we have a nicer camera, and we've been making food videos ever since!

       

       

      What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

      Much of our original YouTube audience came from our Twitch community. Our old viewers and fellow streamers have been incredibly supportive.

      Both on Twitch and on YouTube, we've always had a huge focus on quality. We used to always have new viewers coming in asking about our cameras and remarking on our video quality, and we try to keep the standards high for our YouTube channel as well. We're both huge nerds, so geeking out about cameras and lighting is a lot of fun for us.

      When we live-streamed, people always noted how fun we are as a couple, so we try to bring that lighthearted goofiness to our YouTube videos as well. And Shrimpy made an appearance a few times in the original sushi videos, and our viewers loved him - so we recently brought him back as a "sous chef"!

      We do our best to cook interesting food, but make it look both amazing and accessible. We've had so many people make the recipes after seeing our YouTube videos.

       

       

      What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused creator on Youtube?

      There's a huge difference between Twitch and YouTube, at least for the way we streamed. Twitch is very social, and more about hanging out - your viewers are watching you for hours while you make a dish, so most of the time you're just chatting about random things, being silly to entertain them, and filling the downtime when something is simmering for a while or in the oven. I'd always try to choose recipes that weren't extremely complicated and didn't require too much concentration - it's not as much fun if you're so focused on the cooking that you can't chat with your viewers.

      On the other hand, our YouTube channel is much more focused on the food. I can really geek out about recipes, make more complicated things, and spend extra time on recipe development/testing. I never thought I'd have any interest in recipe development, but I had a TON of fun coming up with those Incendiary Jalapeno Poppers for your Bite the Bullet game. It's also easier to get the really gorgeous food shots because of the way we film I'm never trying to cook and talk to the camera at the same time. And we've realized that my husband really enjoys geeking out about the editing side of things - he's having way more fun with that than either of us ever expected.

       

       

      What makes the food community so special?

      I'm still very new to the food community on YouTube, but the Twitch food community really is something else. It can be so hard to grow or find your people as a new streamer on Twitch, but from the very beginning, the food community welcomed us with open arms. Both the viewers (many of whom you'll see all over the food community) and streamers were always friendly and supportive, and there are a lot of people from Twitch whom I now consider good friends. I've had the opportunity to meet so many of the viewers and streamers in person, and they've all been absolutely wonderful.

       

       

      Which streamers influenced you the most?

      Back at the beginning, in 2017, there were only a few cooking streamers. HealthyAddict and CookingForNoobs were the first cooking streams I ever watched, and a lot of my original inspiration came from them. TheHungerService and MikeSci have been good friends and have great streams, and they've been a huge influence as well. ChefDeParty was another that welcomed us from the very start, and when he became a Twitch partner and created the Bone-In stream team, that did a lot to bring together the community of cooking streamers.

      On YouTube, MrSporksHands was the YouTuber who most encouraged us to start creating videos. I've also known FoodWishes for years (I met him at a food blogger conference a decade ago), and he's been a huge inspiration as well.

       

       

      Any fun stories or wild moments you can share?

      Nothing too wild has happened yet on our YouTube channel (aside from that one time a light fell on my face), but there were definitely some in our Twitch stream! We accidentally deep-fried a camera once (2 years later, it still works fine!)

       

       

      What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

      Oh, so many! Sinking hours into Pickle Wars and Chip's Challenge as a kid, getting ridiculously good at Minesweeper as a teen, playing Mario Kart and WoW with my husband to relax after work or streaming in more recent years! But my favorite memory has got to be the time we were both in tears, ugly crying from laughter while playing Overcooked 2 on video for our Let's Play series earlier this year. I kept getting run over, he thought it was the funniest thing ever, and by the end I'd never ugly laugh-cried so hard on the internet before.

       

       

      Who will enjoy your stream the most?

      If you like interesting food, Asian food, gorgeous videography, a very goofy couple, or Shrimp puppets... then you'll probably enjoy our channel!

       

       

      Anything else you'd like to add?

      Loved the opportunity to mix games and food, thank you again for being so willing to work with our YouTube channel and the Food & Drink streamers on Twitch!

       

       

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