At the Digital Women Awards 2022, one individual stood out among the rest for her outstanding contributions to the community. Mi, the creator of Eye Storm, a community dedicated to empowering and supporting women to be confident on camera, took home the award for Community of the Year. In this interview, we learn more about Mi’s journey, her award-winning experience, and the impact of Eye Storm on the lives of women.
In this interview, Mi shares her journey of starting Eye Storm and her mission to empower and support women to be confident on camera. She talks about the challenges she faced and the impact that Eye Storm has had on the lives of women. Mi also shares her thoughts on the importance of representation and diversity in media and her advice for women looking to improve their on-camera presence. This interview offers valuable insights into the experiences of women in media and the importance of creating inclusive and supportive communities.
Digital Women: Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into the community building and empowering women on camera?
Mi: Sure, so I have always been interested in media and communication, even as a child. I loved being in front of the camera, but I always felt like I could improve my skills. I studied communication in college and then got my first job in the media industry as a presenter. From there, I worked my way up and eventually became a producer. I noticed that there were very few women in leadership positions in the media industry and I wanted to do something about it. I started Eye Storm as a way to connect and support women, to provide mentorship and networking opportunities, and to create a space where women felt comfortable learning and practising how to be confident on camera.
Digital Women: That’s an amazing mission. Can you tell us about some of the challenges you faced when starting Eye Storm?
Mi: One of the biggest challenges was getting people to take us seriously. At first, many people didn’t think that there was a need for a community like Eye Storm because they didn’t believe that there were that many women who needed help to be confident on camera. But as we started to grow and make an impact, more and more people took notice. Another challenge was finding the right people to help me run the community. It takes a lot of time and effort to build and maintain a community like this, so finding the right people to help me was crucial.
Digital Women: What has been the impact of Eye Storm on the lives of women?
Mi: I think the biggest impact has been on the women in the community. We have helped so many women connect with others, find mentorship and networking opportunities, and gain the confidence they need to be comfortable and successful on camera. But I also think that our impact has been felt beyond just the women in the community. I think that by creating a space for women to connect and support each other, we have also helped to change the conversation around women and on-camera presence. We have helped to raise awareness about the importance of representation and diversity in media, and I think that has helped to create more inclusive and supportive environments for women in media.
Digital Women: That’s great to hear. Can you share some advice for women looking to improve their on-camera presence?
Mi: My advice would be to never give up. The media industry can be tough, especially for women, but it is also incredibly rewarding. I would encourage women to practice and to be open to feedback. Additionally, I would recommend finding a mentor or a supportive community like Eye Storm, to connect with other women who are also working to improve their on-camera presence. It’s important to surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you, and who will provide constructive feedback to help you grow and improve. And most importantly, believe in yourself and your abilities. You have a unique perspective and voice to share, and the world needs to hear it.
Digital Women: Can you tell us about your experience entering the Digital Women Awards and the process of winning the Community of the Year award?
Mi: It was definitely a huge honor to be recognized by the Digital Women Awards and I was thrilled to win the Community of the Year award. The process of entering the awards was a bit challenging as it required a lot of time and effort to prepare all the necessary materials, but it was worth it in the end. I had to submit a detailed proposal outlining the mission, impact, and achievements of Eye Storm, as well as testimonials from members of the community. I also had to present a video showcasing the work we do and the positive impact we have had on the lives of women. It was a rigorous process, but it was a great opportunity to showcase the work we do and the impact we have had.
Digital Women: Can you talk about the moment you found out you won the award?
Mi: It was definitely a huge moment for me and for Eye Storm. I was really excited and honored to be recognized for our work. I found out that we won the award when they announced it during the ceremony. It was a great feeling and I felt incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished as a community. I was grateful for the opportunity to be recognized for our efforts to empower and support women on camera.
Digital Women: How do you plan to use this award to continue to grow and impact the community?
Mi: Winning this award has been a huge validation for our work and it has helped to raise awareness about Eye Storm and the importance of our mission. We plan to use this award as a platform to reach even more women and to continue to grow our community. We also plan to leverage this recognition to secure partnerships and sponsorships to help us expand our reach and continue to offer valuable resources and support to women.
Additionally, we plan to use this award as an opportunity to continue to raise awareness about the importance of representation and diversity in media, and to advocate for more inclusive and supportive environments for women in the industry. Overall, this award is a huge milestone for us and we are excited to continue to use it as a tool to empower and support women on camera.
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