People say it all the time, be yourself on stream. Well, I’m here to tell you, that advice is wrong. Let me tell you why.
Here is what you’d see if I was myself on stream
If I were being myself on stream, you’d see me walk on camera and scratch my balls with my left hand as I reach into a bag of Cheetos with my right. As you watch the Cheeto dust fall to my shirt, I’d wipe my grimy ass hand on my shorts and reach for my controller. I’d hardly interact with any viewers, if I had any, because why would I bother interacting with a chat when I’m playing a game? That’d be weird. That’s the problem with telling people to be themselves on stream; it’s just not how people actually act when they’re live.
Your stream is your production
Do your absolute best on stream. Be yourself on stream, but a better version of yourself. A major difference between just playing games and streaming games is that your broadcast is meant for human interaction. Every interaction counts because the people that show up just might be the ones creating the backbone of your community. So try and do something more than real life. Take risks and think about what people might like to watch. In other words, always take a proactive approach when broadcasting.
How to be your best self
Let’s start out with the basics. Wear that favorite shirt of yours. You don’t need to be the most awesome person in the world, but you can be the most awesome person that you are. Run that comb through your hair and brush those pearly whites. Greet the people who come into your channel and be genuinely curious about their lives and interests. If your carpet is on camera, make sure you vacuum that before hitting the GO LIVE button. A little goes a long way toward growing your stream. But most importantly, just be yourself on stream.