Meet our resident Creative Sponsored Streamer, DustIIDesign!
“Dust” specializes in streaming creative work on his Twitch channel, and has helped create channel branding and assets for many people in the #TRUfam. When he’s not creating fancy graphics in Photoshop or After Effects, you can often find him streaming survival games like 7 Days to Die or Conan Exiles.
This interview was conducted by TRU GreenChord
GreenChord: Hey Dust, thanks for agreeing to do this! We really enjoy your unique creative streams, and you’ve done a lot to help out members of the TRUfam with their own Twitch adventures.
DustIIDesign: First off, thank you for having me. The TRUfamily has proven time and time again it is a “one of a kind” community and I’m elated to be a part of it.
GreenChord: So, what made you want to start streaming? Also, what platforms do you focus on now as opposed to when you started?
DustIIDesign: I decided I wanted to start streaming for fun December of 2014 after hearing about a Destiny streamer KingGothalion. My brother in-law told me about him and I was hooked. I wanted to bring an entertaining and “chill” atmosphere to Twitch, unlike the intense comp streams that are around. So I started streaming from my PS4 and grew to the duel monitor Macbook Pro Stream setup. I also stream graphic design at work (The New Thing) which has really brought a positive vibe to my channel. So that is now my primary focus. Less gaming, more creative design!
GreenChord: What, if anything, do you feel has been key to your success on your streaming platform so far? This could be things like social media involvement, personality development on-stream, giveaways, communities, consistency, etc.
DustIIDesign: One of the keys to my success so far comprises of a few things. The most important of which is that I love when I’m streaming and I don’t stream anything I don’t like. I feel as though if the streamer is happy, the viewers are happy. They feed off of that energy. Without the energy/entertainment, they will find someone else to watch. I’m also very involved with talking with “Chat”. Community engagement is really critical. People in streams want to feel welcome, included and feel as though the streamer is their friend. So why not give them what they are looking for. Another key component for “success” in streaming is social media and networking. I have been a part of 3-5 communities to work with and network to build the stream viewers and outreach. Without them and working so hard to keep as transparent as possible the whole thing crumbles (like a cookie). So it’s important to set a schedule and keep in touch with everyone if that is going to change. There is no better feeling than seeing community members of your stream waiting in your chat talking until you get there. It means you’re doing it right.
GreenChord: Have you had any difficult seasons/experiences in your stream history? How did you overcome them?
DustIIDesign: Oh boy, yes I have had my fair share of “bad” experiences but that is the internet. I have 3 daughters and my RL job is working for a heating company. So in just the last 6 months I have had a new baby and recently my work computer needing re-formating and has been out of commission for stream for quite some time. So overcoming those has been a little frustrating. I think the majority of the people you WANT in your chat, are the ones that understand and will be there when you get back. So just keeping everyone up to date on what’s going on and try not to get discouraged because remember, the viewers feel that energy.
There are some times I have had to do nothing but ban a specific person from my chat multiple times. As I said, it’s the internet and people Love to Hate. One of the biggest things I can say, don’t bite into what they are saying. Just ban and move on, DON’T make THEM the stream. Keep your focus on having fun and doing what you love. They will realize you don’t care about them and they will move on.
GreenChord: What would be your biggest piece of advice for a newer streamer looking to find success, get sponsored, etc?
DustIIDesign: My biggest advice to a “NEW” streamer, would be don’t worry about the numbers, and don’t waste your money on the biggest and best stream setup of all time because you may find that streaming isn’t for you. If you love it with the minimum, you’ll love it more with the best. Also, think about your brand. As a person, a streamer, gamer, and entertainer you have to be honest and show people who you really are. Without that, they won’t buy what you’re “selling”.
GreenChord: Is there anything else you would like to discuss about your stream/let readers know about?
DustIIDesign: Someone once told me, following your dreams is nice.. But taking your dreams by the wheel and making it your life is what’s worth all the sacrifice. So if you stream 1 day a week for an hour or 7 days a week for 8 hours you have all the same potential. It’s how you handle yourself and your channel when you have a stroke of LUCK that defines your growth. So have fun and enjoy your stream!
GreenChord: Thanks for doing this interview with us Dust! Your creative streams have definitely been super helpful for me personally in learning more about creative design, and I’m looking forward to watching more!