Hi! Introduce yourself – What makes your stream special?
Hey! I’m RocketBear and I absolutely love meeting and entertaining new people. I believe what makes my stream special are those very people, without them it wouldn’t be nearly as exciting and experience for me or others watching. I love to communicate with viewers, sharing experiences both in game and in real life, staying up to date on how they are and generally always trying to give them a good reason to smile.
Where did the username come from?
Once upon a time I played entirely too much World of Warcraft. My name stemmed from the fact that I was a druid bear tank and had a habit of rocketing off in front of everyone. Someone in the guild brought this to light on several occasions and the name stuck!
What do you call your followers? Why did you chose that name?
I call my followers the Squadron, or members of the RocketBear Squadron. I went with this because I always thought the idea of bears with jet packs in space flying around as a Squadron was hilarious and entertaining. Wait… what?
What got you into gaming?
My dad actually, he brought home my first console, The Sega Master System, one day after work and that was the beginning of the end. From that day forward I was addicted, both to playing fun games and spending time with others while playing those games. The shared experiences are some of my most treasured memories of friends who I’ll likely not get to see again.
What is the first game you remember playing?
First game I remember playing was an Indiana Jones game with spelling and apples and other things on an old Macintosh. It was ridiculous and awful, but it was Indiana Jones so of course in my mind it was the best thing ever.
Why streaming rather than YouTube?
The live interaction with viewers without a doubt is the reason. I also don’t have the patience to edit and upload stuff so, that’s an element but a very small one. The honest truth is, without the people to spend that time with me I’d not be doing it at all. I’m a social butterfly, err rocketbear.
If you could only stream one game for the rest of your career, what would it be, and why?
Oh man - I’m so close to saying Overwatch right now it’s not funny! It would likely be that or something like No Man’s Sky. The constant exploration and discovery is just TOO good for me to not delve into constantly.
When you started streaming, did you have any particular goals in mind?
Three point plan - Meet new friends, keep new friends, make new friends happy. That was my plan, and so far I feel like it’s really worked out well! (For me anyways, not sure about all those new friends :P)
What was your motivation that kept you going when you first started streaming?
The desire to provide the very best I could for my audience on a continued reliable basis was a very strong motivator. If I couldn’t do it well and reliably, I didn’t want to do it.
When was your first stream (on each site, twitch, beam, etc) and What was your first stream?
First stream ever was on Twitch - and that was Metal Gear Solid - The Phantom Pain. This was also the first game on YouTube Live as well, due to the fact that I started streaming to both almost simultaneously. As for Beam, it would have been Rocket League! My very first stream was in September of 2015 I believe (hard to remember!)
What's your favorite part of being a streamer?
Engaging with a growing community of like minded individuals and sharing happiness with them daily. It’s fulfilling on a level that is hard to quantify for someone who doesn’t get the live streaming thing.
How do you keep your viewers engaged?
Always chatting with them, staying invested in their lives and occasionally providing them with artwork and other freebies just because. I enjoy giving more than getting, so this for me is the perfect setup!
Who was a streamer that you looked up too?
There weren’t many before I got started myself, I had seen a few of course but I didn’t have any favorites. I would have to say at this point, I definitely look up to individuals on Beam for being brave and courageous enough to engage a new community from a fresh perspective. One name though? Hmm....let’s say two. Edword Flabberjacks and Lola Klutz of PokeYourEyesOutGames. They are my stream heroes no question.
What stream teams are you a part of?
Beam Partners, The RocketBearSquadron and the Notorious Network.
Why did you want to join those specific teams over all the other ones available?
Well being a partner, I of course wanted to be a part of the Beam Partners team. My team was an easy one too because I wanted to provide something fun, entertaining and exciting for members of my community while lifting up individual casters. I love everyone on my team and want to give them the best I can. Notorious Network was an invite extended to me from a friend and founder of that team, I of course accepted because I believe in those individuals as well, find them to be amazing entertainers and have nothing but respect and admiration for them.
What makes your team so amazing and stand out?
The colors! Wait no - I meant the individual team members <3 every single person on that team bring something unique and special to the table. I love talent, I love excellence and I love heroes in a community. That’s the group of people you’ll find on the RocketBear Squadron. Everyone there is amazing in their own way and without a doubt a friend of mine.
Can you pinpoint some of the factors that you believe have made your Beam channel so popular?
I'd hope it has something to do with me haha, but maybe it’s right place right time perhaps? I don’t play minecraft so, a lot of the community when I started streaming at Beam was primarily that. I felt like an odd man out but didn’t really care because I’ve got to have that variety. I just can’t play the same thing over and over, and that goes for every single game. I believe the variety has helped, along with the charisma I try to bring to every cast.
What would you say is the main thing that sets you apart from other people that stream on Beam?
I have a strong desire to lift others up. To put them out there and support them as best I can. I know that streaming is all about the caster on screen, their popularity and their presence. Don’t get me wrong, without a solid presence there’s little chance of success, so I absolutely try to bring that every time. What I mean is, an internal understanding that assures me it’s going to be okay if I take time during my cast to make certain another caster gets to shine. I don’t know if that’s the main thing, but it is something that’s important to me. Maybe this is a question for my usual audience!
What were/are your goals for your Beam channel? How did you achieve them?
To be consistent of course, but to always have constant growth. I believe that has been and is continually achieved due in part to the very nature of Beam. It is in a constant state of change and growth, which I love and feed off of.
What is the one thing you learned from streaming on Beam that you didn’t learn streaming on Twitch?
Community is important, alive and well. People here on Beam truly do love each other genuinely as brothers, sisters and friends and going the extra mile to make certain someone else is smiling is always worth it. #BeamLove
Do you have any advice for people who are potentially looking to get into streaming/partnership?
Yes - be the very best YOU, that you can be. Don’t pretend, don’t lie, don’t fake anything. Be real and always engage your viewers genuinely. Even if it’s just one person, treat them like they are your guest of honor every time. Putting up a facade is hard, takes way too much effort and eventually it will slip or crumble. Just be you, and let people connect with that person.
Any advice to those people who want to stream professionally?
Make certain your finances are secure outside of the stream. Don’t think you’re going to be able to support a family or even an individual streaming, it’s quite impossible starting out and most streamers never get there. The percentage of individuals who can make a good living off of live streaming is minuscule compared to the amount of individuals who are actually streaming. Get that money flow, and then be consistent with your time when it works best for you. Also, spend time in other peoples channels and build real friendships there!
Was there anything you refused to compromise on?
Yes - I run a very pg to pg13 stream in terms of my content. You’re never going to see anything R rated on my stream.
What is the one thing you cannot stream without? (not your computer or parts of PC)
A good attitude. If my mood is in the garbage starting off, it’s gonna be a long day. So, I go out of my way to make certain that my mind is right every morning before I get started.
What's one thing that you think is important to have for your stream that improves the experience for the viewer?
Beam! (beam.pro) Honestly, the viewer experience is bar none the best you can get. That’s why I stream there, and there only.
What do you see in your future on Beam?
Continued growth and who knows, maybe a community position helping out somewhere down the line!
Anything else you would like to say?
Always remember that you could be the best part of someone’s day. You have no idea what the people who show up in your chat are going through, and you might be the only sunshine they have on that cloudy day. Lift them up, and do it because they deserve it and not for selfish reasons. Always be there for them, after all, you’re a streamer providing entertainment right? Why not provide a few genuine smiles too. You’ll be glad you did!
Until next time…