“Take broadcasting one step at a time.”
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- Started Streaming: 2015 when Destiny first released
- Favorite Game Genre: FPS and survival/builders
- Favorite Game: Fortnite, PUBG, Subnautica
- Systems: Currently PC only but I dabble on PS4 when the mood strikes me 😉
- Platforms I Stream: Twitch only
- Favorite Idol Streamer: kinggothalion & danthedapper
- Age: 30
- Location: Philadelphia
- Current Jobs: Chief Technological Officer for a Propane and Oil Company
- CEO / Lead Designer for a Graphic Design Business
- Father of 3 girls < Hardest job 😊
Drizz_TV: What made you decide to start streaming?
DustIIDesign: I was playing Destiny hardcore and found out about Twitch from my brother in law. I started watching KingGothalion and it just blew my mind! I made a profile and started streaming from the PS4. The quality was awful, but it’s what I had so I felt like it was a “start”. I did that for about 6 months but didn’t get many viewers. Maybe one or two, mostly my IRL friends.
At this point I didn’t know how to network/broadcast/be entertaining. I just knew play the game and try to be funny. Jumping to my birthday in the summer, my wife got me a Magewell capture card – my stream started taking off from there!
Drizz: Gotta start somewhere. I think Twitch branching out and allowing streamers to stream straight from the console boosted their amount of “talent” for sure. How do you like the Magewell capture card?
DustIIDesign: The Magewell is AMAZING! It’s a little bit on the pricey side, but it is well worth the investment especially for those just starting. It is the dongle that converts HDMI signal to USB 3.0 with little to no frame loss. I have had it since 2016 and still works like a charm when I stream PS4 games. I didn’t have a PC, so all I had was a Mac laptop. I kinda made it up as I went, but hey I got my start.
Drizz: Definitely a different setup!
DustIIDesign: I remember OBS didn’t use to support Mac. Back in my day, I had to use a trial untested version before it was cool.
Drizz: Hipster streaming, I like it!
Drizz: What do you think has contributed to your success so far?
Dust: Staying positive, trying to be consistent, trying things like charity events or networking groups even if I felt out of my comfort zone. The biggest thing to date for me is finding Whiteshadow and TRUgaming. Without them, I would still only be using a Mac/PS4 setup!
Drizz: Did they help you get a better setup?
Dust: Absolutely! Not only did an amazing contributor give me an old PC that I could work with, but between both they gave me the knowledge to continue building on my setup!
TRUgaming has helped specifically with networking opportunities and growth within their community to where people have gotten to know me and my story which I find more and more people relate to.
My first network I ever utilized was a Destiny clan specific to Dads called the Dads of Destiny. I was one of the founding members of a subclan called the Outlaws. I was able to do a massive charity event with them. That’s where I hit my first 100 viewers. It may have been only an hour, but it felt like 3 minutes.
It’s like when we do massive things for TRU. It feels good to give back.
Drizz: Nice! Communities like that are definitely something to rally around. Gives your co-streamers a nice boost!
Dust: And for a great cause! I have raised money for Extra Life, St. Jude, Operation Supply Drop and many more. If there is one thing I can take away from being a broadcaster, it’s that I can use my time to make a difference in someone else’s life. If that’s making money for them or putting a smile on their face, it’s the least I could do.
Drizz: Giving back is always a good thing!
Drizz: What are some unique things that you do, in regards to streaming?
Dust: I like to stream design work live, when I have a great client that doesn’t mind me sharing the process. I love how relaxed the chat can be and how so many people come in and ask questions! It again feels like I’m giving back.
Lately I have found myself playing more games than doing design work due to technical issues, so I am trying to come up with a gaming identity. Creatively, I feel like I have a solid foundation. I’m not really starting over, just bringing another level for viewers to enjoy.
At this point I’m trying to build a community that is not only entertaining but also supportive for future charity events I hold. Let’s put it this way. I would 100% prefer everyone to not sub or tip to my channel and save that money and donate it to a charity I’m holding.
Drizz: Oh, that’s very selfless! I’ve watched some creative streams, they’re very good. I think explaining how you do some things could be good too. Kinda give people tips and whatnot.
Drizz: Have you had any hardships with streaming, and if so, how did you work through them?
Dust: One of the biggest hardships I have had in the world of broadcasting is being a part of toxic community and not getting out early enough. I have now found an amazing community now but not all are as incredible as TRUgaming. A lot of them have only one focus; Build the top person with little to regard the rest. They tend to fail and bring everyone down, especially the little guy.
My way of working through them is to keep looking and keep networking. Nothing in broadcasting is forever, so always have a plan. My plan worked with befriending genuine people. Leading me to TRUgaming, my family away from our families.
One more hardship was finding my balance between wife, kids, work, health, streaming. This was not easy! Through many disagreements and negotiations, we still don’t have everything figured out but at the very least everyone is happy with minimal collateral damage! The biggest thing I had to realize was without my wife’s support none of this would have been possible. She is 100% my rock.
Drizz: Oh man, working all the personal life stuff out from the streaming schedule is hard. I struggle with that too and I don’t even have kids. It’s good that your wife is supportive! I also know how you feel about the streaming groups that only exist for the top few people. I’ve been in two of those, got out as fast as I could.
Drizz: Do you have any streaming tips or suggestions for the TRU community?
Rule #1: Don’t stop because you have little to no viewers.
Rule #2: Take a break when you don’t enjoy it.
Rule #3: Take broadcasting one step at a time.
For everyone in TRUfam, I love you all like my brothers and sisters. If anyone anywhere has any input to help me better myself, I welcome it. I am always around to help you.
Drizz: Is there anything else you would like to discuss about your stream/let readers know about?
Dust: Coming up soon, I’ll be making my broadcasts a nice blend between creative and gaming. I might be incorporating a fitness or health segment too. If anyone has any questions or wants to be a part of what’s coming I’m always around!
Drizz: I’ve seen a few people getting into doing fitness on stream. I think it’s an excellent idea cause most streams are someone sitting on their butt the whole time.
Dust: Yeah! I feel that the last year I have revolutionized my health and life style. Going along with my trend, I am always looking to give back.
Drizz: Thanks for your time Dust! It was great getting to talk to you.
You can follow Dust at the links below!
Interview conducted by Drizz_TV
Edited by TRU GreenChord