As part of our featured caster section, I’ve decided to start interviewing the people we choose. Our first featured caster interview is for MANTRON! He is a newish face on twitch, but he is quickly pulling in great numbers due to his ability to engage the viewer and his majestic beard. He also gets lost a lot, and that makes me feel better as a gamer.
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1. How long have you been casting and when did you start?
Approaching seven months now! I started casting on July 18th 2014.
2. What first drew you to the twitch community?
I first started watching streams on Justin.tv, mostly casual retro streams. Watched TheGreatGQ a bunch on there, then when Twitch branched off of JTV I really started getting hooked on some of the big broadcasters like MANvsGAME. I really wanted to try out streaming but over the years I would kind of look into it and get intimidated and give up on it. It was always in the back of my mind that I really wanted to be a part of all of the amazing things I was seeing on Twitch, which at this point had become such a huge part of how I spent my free time. Early last year I was watching Excessive Profanity’s cast, and he said something along the lines of “if you are out there and want to stream, don’t wait, just fucking do it”! That really spoke to me, because I had been making excuses to myself for years about why I couldn’t get into it. So I took some time to get things to a point where I felt okay, and I just tried.
3. What is the worst thing to happen to you while streaming?
I think I’m lucky in that I’ve very few negative experiences while streaming. The one that does come to mind happened right near the start of a 24 hour stream I did to celebrate 500 followers and 6 months of streaming. I started the cast pretty much first thing in the morning, and my good friend Pugsplz offered to bring over some breakfast. I was craving french toast really badly, even though I know well enough that something about it really messes with me. So I ate every last bite on a short break, came back to the stream, then was immediately hit with the a nuclear meltdown in my stomach. Spent the next ten minutes in the bathroom and came back to a wall of poop jokes in chat. Not the best start to 24 hours in front of the internet, but it’s funny looking back on it now.
4. What is the coolest thing that has happened since you started streaming?
By far and away the coolest thing that has happened and still does happen, is when people tell me that they like the show and that it in some way improves their day. It might sound corny, but it’s really true. I’ve always kind of felt like I didn’t have anything I was particularly great at, and I’ve always wanted to the sense of satisfaction of creating something that people enjoy. It’s sort of surreal to think that I finally have something that I can take a step back and look at and say I feel proud of. On my worst days, even one new person coming in and saying they like the cast is incredibly uplifting.
5. Are there any tips you have learned that you would like to tell people that are just starting out?
I wish I could remember who said this, but I once watched a streamer who mentioned that they don’t ever have their view count up. Unless you have some friends on twitch already, chances are you’ll be sitting in a room with no one watching. I realized that having no viewers made me feel awkward, and having a bunch made me nervous. Not knowing how many people might or might not be watching got me used to the idea of just talking whether chat was going or not, which I think is very beneficial. I know that for me, when I go into a room with low viewers and the streamer is sitting in silence, I’m much less likely to stick around and I think that’s the case for most people. So to this day, I still have no idea how many viewers I have at any given time, and I just put on the best show that I possibly can for whoever is there. Even if you think no one is watching, keep talking and showing your personality.
6. 2015 is going to be a huge year for gaming. What is the biggest game you are looking forward to streaming?
Oh man, this is a tough one. I spend most of my time that I’m not at work, streaming. So essentially every game I play is on cast, which I think has sort of changed the games I get excited for based on how well I think I can stream them. That being said, I am really excited to play Bloodborne whenever I get around to getting a PS4. I love the souls series and I’m excited (and nervous) to attempt to play a new game in that vein completely blind on cast.
7. Many streamers focus on one particular aspect of their stream while live. What is your main focus?
When I first started out I really didn’t have any idea of what to focus on. I felt like my strong suit would be interacting with chat but that’s about it. I started to have a lot of people come in and say that they were recommended by someone who had told them that my stream is very relaxing/chill. I’m kind of weird in that when I go to bed, I have to have some kind of background noise going, so I always have some stream on twitch playing at night. I think this has kind of influenced my streaming style to be a bit more laid back and less yell-y. My main focus now is being a stream that you can watch while at work, going to bed, or otherwise relax to. I think always talking and interacting with chat is a big part of that as well for me.
8. Do you have any side projects that you work on when you aren’t streaming?
Yep! I am one part of a four part podcast about horror movies called the Horrorble Podcast. Although this is technically also streaming, I appear pretty regularly now on Okaydrian‘s Video Games Taught Me channel where he teaches me how to play Street Fighter. It’s hard.
I want to thank Mantron for taking the time to answers some questions for us! We wish him the best of luck on twitch and can’t wait to see where he takes his channel.
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