Creator Spotlight - Smexi
It’s Spotlight time again, with hard-to-sink crate hunter Smexi ready to take the wheel!
Our newest Creator Spotlight takes a look at the supply-filled world of Smexi, formerly known as SmexiestChicken! We asked this legendary supplirate all about her high seas escapades and what’s most important to her both on and off the Sea of Thieves.
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[Q]: What was your introduction to the world of games?
[A]: I have been gaming for as long as I can remember. When I was about three years old, my parents bought my older brother and I each a Game Boy Color. I had Ms. Pac-Man and Pokemon Red and played them all the time. I moved a lot as a child, so games were a great way for me to entertain myself when we would be in the car on long haul moves or trips. It became an escape for me that has turned into a passion into my adulthood.
[Q]: How did you become part of the Sea of Thieves community?
[A]: I knew Rare’s games – I played Donkey Kong 64 for YEARS growing up and dabbled in Viva Piñata as a teen. I was always very interested in Sea of Thieves, but what really made me want to dive in and create content with it was Twitch. I started watching NerdyNetty play and I was immediately hooked. Twitch is an odd landscape, where you kind of have to be okay with playing one game for the rest of your days. Sea of Thieves scratched that itch for me and I never get bored. To this day, I will still only run a Viva Piñata hull in the game.
[Q]: How did creating content become your ‘thing’?
[A]: I have always been the ‘theatrical’ type and have enjoyed performing since I was young, so the idea of live content creation was always really appealing to me. I started streaming on Twitch after reaching a rut in my professional career as a Game Retail Manager. Retail has a way of sucking the life out of things, especially if those things are hobbies of yours like mine was, and I wanted to love experiencing games with people again.
[Q]: How do you decide what kind of content to create?
[A]: I had no idea what kind of content I wanted to create and, to an extent, I still don’t. My content is constantly changing, but it has always and will always be authentically me. I aspire to create content that is not only enjoyable to watch, but harbors participation from the community. I want to be a place where people come to see their friends and enjoy some games.
[Q]: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while creating content?
[A]: I have been lucky enough not to have too many struggles in the world of content creation. The challenges that I have experienced are within my own ability to change. I should be putting more content out on YouTube, but it’s become difficult for me to convince myself that I have a place in that world when it’s already so saturated. I know that my spark comes with my live content in the way that I hold myself and interact with others. Finding out how to capture that for ‘offline’ content has proven difficult.
[Q]: What different channels do you have?
[Q]: What’s been your most memorable Sea of Thieves moment so far?
[A]: There have been a few situations where I have helped a new player understand the world a little better and that always makes me smile. I am a massive meme on stream, so the antics that this game allows is perfect. I have never had so much fun sabotaging my own team.
I don’t think there was ever a moment where I thought “this is bigger than everything else I have done so far” because I am one to revel in the little moments that make games special. This whole experience has been memorable for me.
[Q]: What do you enjoy most about the game now, and what are you looking forward to in future?
[A]: Storage crates… I’m not even kidding. I am a self-proclaimed ‘Legendary Supplirate’ and I will die on this hill.
I am a pretty easy sell on upcoming content. I have always just done my own thing, regardless of new content rollouts or changes in metas, so I am honestly just looking forward to seeing where the devs take the game. I have been excited for just about everything that has come out so far, so I doubt I will be disappointed any time soon.
[Q]: What’s something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in gaming?
[A]: I would say my greatest Sea of Thieves achievement would be when we had an entire server ally against us because we stole their Fort of the Damned. It happens a lot to ‘PvPers’ and content creators, but being able to be pelted broadside by four ships and not sink is pretty awesome. My crew and I are really good communicators, so when we shift our focus from battle to self-preservation, we are excruciatingly difficult to sink.
[Q]: How did you come up with your channel name?
[A]: Smexy was a funny thing to say at the time of my mascot creation, so the name SmexyChicken was born from that. When I would try to make my username SmexyChicken anywhere else, it would be taken, so I would ‘one-up’ the name and SmexiestChicken just became what I went by online. Now that I have changed my mascot from a chicken, it was only fitting that I changed my name as well. Smexi is short, sweet and memorable. Those three things go a long way on Twitch for some reason.
[Q]: What do you like to get up to when you’re not streaming?
[A]: I sing a ton. Singing has always been a passion of mine and I try to practice as often as I can. No commute to work has dampened that ability a bit because I don’t have a car ride to sing my heart out during, but I take any chance to sing that I can get.
I also love to experiment with makeup. I am no beauty guru, but I think I have done a pretty good job of teaching myself how to use the products I have. Makeup is an art form and a face just happens to be the canvas.
[Q]: What advice would you give to a new content creator?
[A]: This is always a hard question to answer, because the motives of the creator have so much to do with their overall success.
The best crumb of knowledge that I can give is to be consistent. Being yourself is a great sentiment, and it still rings true once you’ve established yourself, but if people don’t know when or where to find you, you simply won’t grow on any platform. Give yourself a reasonable schedule, stick to it, and enjoy the ride.
[Q]: What’s one thing you would advise a content creator not to do?
[A]: Don’t get into this thinking that you’re going to go full-time and make a ton of money creating content. There are so many creators on these different platforms and if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. I cannot stress enough how important it is for the creator’s primary motive to be their passion for the art and not monetization.
[Q]: Could you give us one more random fact about yourself?
[A]: I used to be a workout/meal prep buff. I would go to the gym for 2-3 hours a day, every single day for about nine months. By the end of it, I could leg press 450lbs/204kg and bicep curl around 150lbs/68kg. I am a pretty small person (5’1”) and only weighed 102lbs/46kg at the time.
I’ve also donated my eggs to six different families wanting to have kids in the past two years. It’s a lot of shots and a lot of blood draws, but being able to provide that opportunity to deserving families is unlike any other feeling I’ve had in my life.
And that concludes today’s Creator Spotlight! Our thanks to the wonderful Smexi for putting aside some time to answer our questions and tell us about her journeys on the Sea of Thieves and beyond. Now if you’ll excuse us, we see some barrels that need looting…
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