As a content creator, you wear many different hats- entertainer, director, producer, manager, publicist, editor, and more. If you have a group of regulars watching your stream and engaging with you, you are cultivating a community, and believe it or not, that makes you a leader too. Being a community leader is an important role that carries tremendous responsibility. You are in charge of shaping your community and how your community behaves reflects back on you. The bigger your community, the more critical this role becomes. Start early to develop a solid footing with leading your community and you’ll be building a space that you enjoy and attracting more like-minded followers.


Emme "Negaoryx" Montgomery is a voice actor, TTRPG player and streamer from Los Angeles. With 5+ years experience as a full-time content creator, she and her community put an emphasis on charity fundraising, LGBTQIA2+ advocacy, and aim to leave the internet better than they found it in all their online endeavors.


“It’s hard to summarize what being a community leader means, but I think two major aspects of it are knowing what you want your space to be like, and actively enforcing the rules you establish to cultivate that kind of space. I set the example for my viewers of what kind of behavior is or isn’t allowed in our community. Sometimes that means making hard decisions.”


Regardless of the games you play or the content you stream, one of the best parts of streaming is the community that you spend time with. Whether it’s the mods that make everything run smoothly, the subscribers that keep coming back for more, or even the lurkers who enjoy having you in the background – these people all make up the ecosystem of your stream. Whether you realize it or not, having a community also means that you are a community leader – and with that comes a lot of responsibility. We’re not talking about a group of minions that you can order around here. Having a community – and being a community leader – is about using the influence you have for good. Your crew/tribe/friends/collective is there because they trust their time with you, and it’s up to you as a streamer to see that they are taken care...

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