June prides herself on being one of the fewer women who create gaming videos on YouTube.
“It still is a community heavily dominated by males,” said June.
More women are realizing they want to see other women’s perspectives out there though.
“The fact that more females on YouTube are creating videos and channels dedicated to gaming makes me incredibly happy,” said June. “I still want to show younger girls and women who don't play video games it's something they should try.
YouTube does have more male run channels than female.
“Last year at VidCon, the Women of YouTube discussion I attended wasn't exactly a panel,” said June. “It was a large gathering of people that had to meet outside the convention center instead of a room, so the fight for women creating on YouTube is still there. I'm happy to be a part of the growing group of women creating on this wonderful platform.”
There isn’t a right way to start a channel, it takes some experimenting she says.
“My advice to anyone who wants to start a YouTube channel is to just do it,” said June. “Experiment with different kinds of videos to see what you like creating the most. There is no one right way to make videos, so create what makes you happy in the way that works for you.”
Not everyone is going to jump on your bandwagon at once, so “success” can be subjective.
“I want to make sure people know is that making money from YouTube and attaining online fame should never be the only reasons you want to make videos,” said June. “YouTube would start to feel more like a job than a hobby you're passionate about, and the celebrity status you want to reach may never be achieved. You should make videos to create something positive for the world to see.”
June has several other channels to vlog about other experiences, but June has really come into her own with gaming and anime. That is where her audience is.
She started making videos three years ago to talk about positive self-image and fitness motivation.
“It was (about) how I became a Zumba instructor and my successful progress with my health,” said June of her first video.
Her channel has grown, because June has a real passion for gaming and anime. That love has coupled with her interest in finding good deals to make a perfect cocktail.
“I'm a collector, and I'm also a maniac when it comes to saving money,” said June. “So, many items I buy are from garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, regular stores and online during special sales and when I have coupons. I love showing people the things you can find when you wait for deals and search in the most unexpected places.”
When June sees a suggested retail price for a game or collectible item, she tries her hardest to find it for less.
YouTube is a community for June, and she loves to hear about her viewers finding deals too.
When she just started out, June had the usual worries about putting herself out there to the world, but she says that she’s never really had a problem.
“Life is too short to worry about something so small, so it doesn't bother me very much anymore,” June said.
She is too busy to worry all the time anyway. June has school, two part-time jobs, and her whole online community of friends to think of.
Her friend, Caitlyn, helped her get started and figure out how to use the technology.
The Detroit native says that her main goal is to inspire other gamers to feel safe to freely express their opinions and be at peace with who they are.
“The gaming community is a great one that is unfortunately full of negative and hateful people sometimes,” said June.
In high school, June experienced some bad bullying, and she particularly thinks of that when she reads the negative comments below her videos.
“I feel I'm too much of a happy and positive person now to let Internet hate affect me,” said June. “Internet hate is never okay, and it's something I feel creators should be making a bigger deal about where we let viewers know insulting other people on the Internet is never okay just because it's the Internet.”
But the positive comments and friends she has made online make it all worth it.
“People who don't watch me already should check out my channel, because I'm here to be a friend,” said June. “I'm here to talk about things people enjoy. I'm here to show whatever your hobbies are, you can enjoy them at any age and find others who share the same interests. We are all different and unique, but we are still human. Stereotypes shouldn't dictate how we think, who we are, and what we enjoy.”
June did a long running series called “Nerd Time” on her main channel. That brought some more viewers in, but it ultimately was cancelled due to June wanting to spend more of her time on the newest and most talked about gaming and anime news.
“I've always had a love for gaming,” said June. “I played games on the NES, SNES, N64, and PlayStation when I was younger. It wasn't until I got the Pokemon GameCube bundle that my love for gaming became a serious hobby that I started investing a great majority of my time in.”
“Creating videos is a great way to make friends from all over the world you would have never met if it wasn't for YouTube,” said June.