Today’s Sponsored Streamer interview features TheExcellentCouple, our very first Sponsored Streamer couple!
TheExcellentCouple consists of EC John and EC Dana who have been together for over 7 years, and have been engaged for more than a year now. They specialize in streaming Square Enix games, but also like to dabble in special games like Guitar Hero from time to time. EC are known for their infamous “cat cam,” which is often reason enough to check out their stream. We caught up with them to get their input on becoming a great streamer.
Interview conducted by TRU GreenChord
GreenChord: Hey EC, thanks for participating in this interview with us! We’re pumped to learn about your streaming career and any advice you might have.
EC: Streaming has been one of the most rewarding endevors we’ve been a part of in our lives. We’ve made many new friends, experienced lots of interesting situations, and had the pleasure of entertaining hundreds of people. Our advice to those looking for success is to never give up and treat one viewer like one-hundred.
So, what made you want to start streaming? Also, what platforms do you focus on now as opposed to when you started?
John: When we were first dating, Dana and I bonded over a love for video games. We took turns playing games from each other’s childhood during college, and found our experiences to be both exciting and hilarious. After we finished a few games, we decided: “hey, we might have something here. Let’s share it with the world!”
Dana: What made me want to start streaming was the fact that John is hilariously unlucky when it comes to playing games. Platform-wise we’ve been pretty consistent, focusing primarily on Playstation, Xbox and older Nintendo consoles.
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.
John: I credit a lot of our success to consistently keeping our stream focused on older and more niche titles. We really wanted to invoke feelings of nostalgia with viewers our age and simultaneously introduce the younger generation to the games we grew up with. Before joining the TRUgaming community we kept to ourselves for the most part, but we have made several good friends along the way!
Dana: Part of our success comes from the fact that we play titles that we enjoy, first and foremost. Although we are open to trying new games and branching out with new systems, streaming is/and never will be not about how many viewers we pull in or how many followers we get over time. It’s about sharing our experiences/playthroughs with a community of likeminded people. Staying positive through fluctuating numbers and remaining dedicated to the notion of simply having fun is what real success is.
Additionally, John and I are very different when it comes to what games we enjoy and how we experience them. While I favor more plot-driven, RPG-styled titles, John enjoys a variety of classics and games that I personally haven’t played. However, I feel that we offer our viewers a variety of perspectives on games. If one of us hasn’t played a specific title, chances are that the other has.
To be honest though…I think people just keep coming back to see our cats, Artemis and Nia. 😉
Have you had any difficult seasons/experiences in your stream history? How did you overcome them?
John: The whole first year was a struggle. It took us around four months to hit 100 followers and only a handful came back consistently. I was pretty discouraged and debated stopping, but about a year in we had a viewer who we hadn’t seen since starting our first game stop by. He explained how for several months he had been struggling with depression and health issues, but had been lurking and watching our past broadcasts to keep his spirits up. He said our content got him through some dark times, and he regarded us as his favorite streamers. After that, I stopped caring about numbers and started focusing on engaging with each viewer and appreciating each and every person who stopped by.
Dana: I agree with John – it was difficult when we first started. However, I think if a streamer stays focused on the fact that streaming should be looked at as something that is fun first and foremost, then they will be surprised at how many viewers will stick around.
What is your biggest piece of advice for a newer streamer looking to find success, get sponsored, etc?
John: Stick with it. Seriously. If you love what you do, don’t ever quit until you reach your goal. Also, don’t focus on viewers, followers or donations. Be happy with what you have and interact with three viewers the way you would 300. Lastly, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!
Dana: Start small! Don’t start streaming with the mentality that success is immediate. It takes patience and dedication. Numbers will fluctuate and trolls will happen. As long as the streamer stays true to what they enjoy and what want to promote/share with others, they will find success in their future.
Is there anything else you would like to discuss about your stream/let readers know about?
John: I just want to thank everyone in the TRU community for welcoming us so warmly. It’s TRUly a special group of people and we are blessed to call this place a home!
Dana: Same, same, same! Thank you to all who continue to support us and give us the opportunity to share our insights on streaming. TRUgaming is a wonderful community to be a part of. We look forward to sharing more! 🙂