i did my first live stream on Twitch!

I finally did it! I’ve been wanting to get into live streaming for a while now, and I finally dove in. I had been putting it off for months because I kept telling myself that I didn’t know enough about the technical side of streaming, because I didn’t have any branding assets, because I hadn’t spent the time to get the back-end set up, and I hadn’t done much testing.

Jess Couture creating an animated GIF while live streaming on Twitch

Jess Couture creating an animated GIF while live streaming on Twitch

I was so nervous. At first it was just my boyfriend and a really close friend watching. Lurking actually, which was nice because it allowed me to concentrate and get used to just talking to myself, but it would have been nice if ONE of them could have let me know that my music was too loud and they couldn’t hear me speaking!

Eventually a Twitch user started engaging me in conversation, and kindly let me know about my audio issues. The conversation part was difficult. I didn’t think talking to people I couldn't see would be any easier than talking to people IRL, but I’m looking forward to practicing the art of chit-chat, because overall live streaming was REALLY FUN! The whole process kind of made me feel like I was creating my own TV show, which is kind of the point I guess.

This GIF was made from start to finish live on Twitch!

This GIF was made from start to finish live on Twitch!

What are my goals for my Twitch channel?

I want to build a community of creatives. You don’t have to be an artist to hang out with us on Saturdays. My hope is that my audience will create along with me. I want us to do challenges together like timed figure sketching and drawing while blindfolded, and I want to use Discord as a place for us to share the weird and wonderful things we’re working on. This is a community that supports creativity at all skill levels and abilities. There is no art elitism here.

I would love for you to come hang out with me on an upcoming Saturday to see what we get up to. And if you want to become a community member, drop me a follow over on Twitch to be notified when I go live.

I didn’t announce my first stream on social media because I was honestly hoping no one would show up so I could use it as a dry run, but going forward I will be announcing my streams on Instagram, so follow me there to stay up-to-date!

See you Saturday!

Oh… and you can still go watch the re-broadcast of my first live streaming experience (I believe the video stays on my profile for two weeks), but the audio is SOOOO bad. I don’t recommend it. Please don’t judge me. I’m new!! :P