I got this crazy email from Twitch this Thursday afternoon.
I've been live streaming my artistic process since May, as I was putting the last pages of Black Dots and Black Lines together. Through May and June, I ended up buying a few upgrades to my live stream setup, including a shiny new webcam (Logitech C920, the gold standard for most streamers) and a table mounted arm on which the camera is situated.
Working live on stream is an interesting experience. In the first month, hardly anyone would enter my chat. I would spend hours talking to myself, which is surprisingly easy for anyone who grew up as an only child. Instead of being a nuisance, I found that talking myself through the creative process was actually very rewarding. I gave myself a reason for the marks I was putting on the paper.
Oh yea, live streaming is nerve wracking. I take a few deep breaths before hitting that "Go Live" button. There's the whole "strangers judging me" situation. There's the whole "afraid of looking bad" impostor syndrome thing. And the worst of all, the "what if no one cares" fear.
But so far, this twitchventure has turned into something positive. Becoming an affiliate is an official recognition from Twitch that I am building a community around my art. I have a handful of regulars who I genuinely enjoy talking with, and I look forward to hearing from them the whole day leading up to the stream. We share videos, trade pictures, and unite over experiences. It's strange to think that I can make connections with randoms from teh interwebs, but I feel as if I have created a bond with these people.
And in the end, it's more cool than strange.
Another milestone achieved on my road to bigger things! Is the much sought after partnership next?? Probably not, but SHHHH let a man dream.