I think that looking up to people and letting their actions inspire you is always a positive thing. In a world filled with negativity, having people that shine a light and help guide the way, making you feel like anything is possible is such a positive thing to hold on to.
Leaf, otherwise known as Amy is a streamer that has amassed around 6500 followers on Twitch. She is 22 and has a happy go lucky personality, which keeps everyone smiling. Leaf was originally an Xbox 360 player, then issues in her life led her to purchase and build her very first PC. It’s her personality that shines through which explains why so many people love to watch her streams.
Leaf has been streaming on Twitch, over at Bamyleaf for almost two years and regrets none of it.
Seeing, hearing and experiencing that personal connection to someone that isn’t necessarily an ‘out of reach’ figure, is something that has really inspired legions of others to start and grow their streaming careers.
People can find it hard to connect with the big name streamers like Ninja, saying ‘that will never be me’, but you don’t achieve big dreams by aiming small! S. We wanted to see Leaf’s responses to her opinions of streaming and the gaming community, gathering her thoughts, hoping it will inspire others to follow in her footsteps!
Q: ‘When did you start streaming and why?’
I started streaming full time in October 2017. I had done 2 or 3 random streams before this in July when I first got my PC, but they were awful and I stopped suddenly when I got a new job.
I started doing proper, regular streams in October when I moved into my new flat up North. Since I built my gaming PC, I’ve got more and more involved with the gaming community on Twitch and Twitter. I made a few friends, and this is one of the reasons I wanted to pursue Twitch full time. I’m also mildly agoraphobic and riddled with anxieties when it comes to getting a job/socialising IRL, so being able to work and chat with my friends from home while streaming seemed perfect!’
Q: ‘Where did your username come from?’
In high school my nickname was Bayleaf. Lots of people called me Leaf too. Unfortunately, when it comes to making usernames, Bayleaf is always taken. So, I combined my real name, Amy, with Bayleaf. Hence Bamyleaf!’
Q: ‘What is your earliest memory of gaming? Do you remember the game you played?’
I remember being around 7 years old round my uncle’s house, I forced my way onto his PlayStation and played Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I started up the game, found a golf club and beat civilians to death with joy. My family thought I was gonna grow up to be a psychopath…
Q: ‘What is your favourite memory or achievement on Twitch so far?’
My favourite moment so far has to be our celebration stream for reaching 1,500 followers. We streamed for 9 hours, playing loads of community games and did a load of giveaways. The majority of the community showed up to celebrate together and we had a great time.
I’ll never forget the wonderful messages everyone sent saying how much our streams/community had helped them in their personal lives. I always knew that the squad helped me through tough times, but I never knew how much it helped them, too. It was nice to feel like I was able to help people. Yeah, that was pretty awesome.
Q: ‘So you are streaming for the day, walk us through what this looks like’
I’d wake up at 9:15, get myself a cuppa and sit in bed ready to watch Jeremy Kyle in the morning. Yep, I do this every single morning. I want to play Heroes of the Storm eventually on stream but I suck at the moment, so sometimes while I’m watching Jezza I get in some HotS practise (sic).
At 10:30 I start getting ready for the day, have a shower and do my makeup while watching some streams on Twitch. Get myself some Nutella toast and another brew, then it’s stream time! We always have coffee mornings on stream where we just chat for around 30 mins while I drink my tea, then we play games for 5/6 hours.
When I’m done with streaming, we raid one of my buddies and I go get ANOTHER brew. I then chill out in streams for the rest of the night, play some Hearthstone on my iPad then cook dinner for me and my partner Mike. We then sit down with food and watch TV shows for the night.
Q: ‘How do you mix work/life balance and streaming?’
It is really hard to keep a balance between Twitch life and your personal life. There is SO much work that goes into streaming that happens behind the scenes, the actual streams are only half of it.
For a while, I was working all day every day with no breaks and it really took a toll on my personal life. This is a big reason for me getting a strict schedule, it’s much easier to know what hours in the day are for work and when to relax. Evenings and weekends, I try to spend quality time with Mike and I have the weekdays to work on my channel.
Q: ‘What advice do you give to others who want to start streaming?’
Just do it! Lots of people are hesitant because they don’t think they’ll get anywhere with streaming or don’t think they will be very good at it. The only way to grow your channel is to jump in and start! And also, the only way to get better is to practise!
Any streamer you know and admire now had to start somewhere, and I can almost promise you that they were all pretty bad before they put in the hours doing low-quality streams to 0 viewers. Everyone starts from the same place, and you could make it, too.
Another thing I would do is network, make some friends that are also streamers. You can learn so much from other people, make some fantastic friends, and usually if you support someone else, they will return the favour. Just go out there, be active in some of your favourite streams and make some friends!
To check out more of Leaf head over to Twitch.tv/Bamyleaf
‘Everyone starts from the same place, and you could make it, too.’
A lot of people see bigger streamers, see someone with a lot of followers or just see someone with a partnered tick next to their name and they naturally assume they automatically got there without the challenges the everyday streamer faces. That is not true, people are not just given an audience or don’t work for it. Everyone starts from the bottom and works their way up, granted there will be people who may get helped by bigger streamers or large raids, or someone who just knows the right people, but all these factors do not guarantee someone’s success.
Just remember that streaming and growth takes a lot of work and a lot of time. Nothing is impossible. You just need to want it! Let us know what gamer goals are in the comments, you never know, someone might be able to help!
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Written By Jessica Clarke – Associate Writer at Dart Frog Gaming