Things have been…wild. I feel like a broken record saying that, at times, but things got QUITE wild (in a good way) and they haven’t really let up, and I feel like it’s been exactly what I need to stay motivated with having a career in content creation.
If you didn’t see it yet, I recently got to be on the front page of Twitch for Hispanic Heritage Month! (Yes, I’m mixed! Half Mexican!) Ever since I realized being on the front page of Twitch could be a possibility, I thought that would just be the the coolest freakin’ thing if I could end up on there. It always felt like a pipe dream, though, because I was never sure what level I would have to be as a streamer to be able to have that opportunity. It also doesn’t help that my self-image is always some level lower than what others seem to perceive of me, so whereas I think “I would love to be on the front page, some day,” others were asking “why haven’t you been on the front page, yet?”
So for this front page slot, I decided to create the lovely, the iconic, Selena, in The Sims 4. I have so many fond memories of jamming out in the car to her with my mom, watching the movie repeatedly, and getting my Bidi Bidi Bom Bom on at any chance I got. It felt amazing to share that part of my life with not only my community on Twitch, but with anyone who logged onto the website to see me, a big, gay half-Mexican boy, creating his first pop music queen. It was exactly how I wanted to make my debut on the front page of Twitch.
This was absolutely my favorite outfit that we made of her, a slight interpretation of this ICONIC outfit. She looks like a party and a half, and she’s ready to slay all your faves.
Not only has that made this month so wild, but I’m leaving for TwitchCon in San Diego in just two days. TWO DAYS. I feel like it was four months away just yesterday. I remember being so nervous for it last year, but this year, I’m way more excited than I am nervous.
I’ve made so many more connections since last year, my presence on Twitch has more than doubled, and the amount of people I’m excited to meet in person has sky-rocketed. Last year, I may have felt the pressure a bit more when it came to meeting new people, and making sure I left a good first impression, but this year, I’m way less nervous. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a ton of butterflies in my stomach, but I guess their flapping synced up more than they did last year (thanks for the help on that metaphor, Trixie Mattel).
I have a big beach party to go to full of a ton of fellow queer content creators, several new people to meet, and several connections to deepen. I remember feeling so recharged after last year’s TwitchCon, and I’m ready for that surge of creative energy, yet again. Not only am I excited to get away from the daily grind of working to make a living off of my content, but I’m excited to just bask in the presence of so many people I’ve come to love over these last couple of years. It’s going to be so rad.
This September has been wild, and I’m letting it take me along for the ride. I’m so excited for where all of this is taking me, and so excited for all of the things to come.
Thank you for being on this ride, with me. Thank you for your support, no matter how you’ve given it. A little goes a long way, even if it’s just taking a glance this blog post. I couldn’t do what I do without your support, so don’t underestimate just how much it means to me. I love you all, and I mean that!