A creator's community is their backbone. From being there for both their highs and lows to providing feedback whenever needed, fostering a healthy community is the key to any creator's success.
This is something long-time Pipeline community member Nealis "ElevateSora" Giggetts advocates. An active US army soldier, streaming has been an outlet for him to express his creativity and love for games over the past 6 years. Since then, he's grown a community of designers and content creators alike called the Chimera Corps that actively works to help each other get better at their craft.
To learn more about his story, we interviewed Nealis last week. Here's what he had to say!
How did you get into gaming?
The first game I ever played was Super Mario Bros when I was very little. There was something very enticing about the game’s platforming that I just couldn’t stop playing it. I knew that when I grew up I would want to do one of two things....be a soldier, and play video games. I’d like to think so far my kid self is proud I’ve kept my word lol.
How did your streaming journey start?
I have been actively streaming for 5 years now. About 6 years ago I was playing Assassins Creed Black Flag on my PlayStation 4, and I just pressed start broadcast on a whim. At the time I didn’t know what I was doing and there were little comments popping up on the side of my screen. Little did I know people were actually enjoying watching me play! I was just simply doing what I loved to do and letting others enjoy the game with me. Over time I realized what had happened and decided to keep it going.
What are some of the most memorable milestones of your streaming career?
My most memorable achievement is 100% my community, Chimera Corps. Chimera Corps is made up of designers and content creators alike that all help one another with various projects, from streaming to YouTube video editing and podcasts. I’ve even seen a number of my viewers turn in to content creators just from everyone helping each other and learning from one another. They are the best.
On the topic of memorable, what about challenges?
That’s a loaded question lol. Let’s see, an in game challenge would be my most recent day 1 raid completion on Destiny 2. Took my guys 17 hrs on console to complete it. Another challenge I face is daily. Being a soldier is tough. With my hours it’s hard to keep a balance between a constant stream schedule, work, family and sleep. I love all of them so much sometimes I don’t know what to choose! But with some perseverance and determination I can manage it all and I’m glad I can.
What do you wish you knew when you were starting out as a streamer that you want new ones to know?
Not everyone is your friend. Watch the company you keep. Not everyone has your best interest at heart. When I first started I was all over social media shaking hands and even joined a stream team that at the time was big. Only to find out the creators were just stacking followers to their channels and not helping anyone that joined. I keep a pretty tight circle now and help others where I can. If I can’t, I guide them to someone who I think can.
What motivates you to keep streaming? Is this something you see doing for a long while?
I love my community. There are times when I want to call it quits and my community helps me realize that I’m a part of something bigger than just me. There are people that look to us to brighten their day, make them laugh, and get them through the hard times. What motivates me is possibly saving someone’s life for simply clicking that start stream button.
What are your goals for the future? Long term and short term.
Stop Savathun from destroying the galaxy? But seriously when I think short term I think in the next 5 years, so the goal is to grow my podcast audience. It’s fairly new and isn’t on Spotify yet but it is on YouTube. Long term is to buy my mom a house then later on become president of the United States. That’s not a joke.
Any shoutouts you'd like to do? Where can people find you on the internet?
I want to thank SM64 and the entire pipeline community for the opportunity to talk about myself and my journey. It is an honor and privilege to be this weeks spotlight community member. Can’t forget all the members of Chimera Corps for always supporting me and telling me when I’m getting lazy lol. I love you all!