In this Creators United interview, Nexus got the opportunity to talk extensively to Candice "ItzCandyRox" King. When not writing for Red Bull and IGN Africa, ItzCandyRox enjoys leisurely visits to some fine restaurants, including (and especially) Rocomamas. In the interview, we got to chat with her about her involvement in Creators United, her inspirations, and ultimate, highly ambitious goals.
What inspired you to be a content creator?
It kind of just happened. The more I met people, the more things kind of just happened. I've always wanted to do some form of content creation, but I didn't approach a casting agency or anything. Eventually, I stumbled upon it, and it stuck with me.
Who are your inspirations, and why?
Melonie Mac. I've been following her since I was 16 years old. She's a perfect example of a role model female streamer. She's a mega-weeb too. I feel like weebs are nice people.
What type of content do you create?
A writer, at present. I write about things that I have opinions on. Currently setting up to stream at some point. Also a social media fiend. Does that count as content?
What would you do to further your field in the South African entertainment industry?
There's a guy who does work at Naughty Dog from Cape Town. That kind of made me happy, because it meant there was a South African who was able to break into the industry at large. So it gave me hope that I could go overseas as well, hopefully applying to IGN and GameSpot and the likes where I can further myself in writing.
What prompted you to participate in the Creators United?
On one hand, I haven't really done anything like this. I thought it would be a nice thing to do with my time, for a good cause. On a personal front, I have a bit of camera shyness, so it will be able to help me get over my nonsense of that.
Have you ever worked with any charity events before?
I've never really worked formally on any charities, but there was an animal shelter in Hout Bay that I used to assist in. I used to pop by to spend time with the dogs, take them food, toys, blankets, etc. but haven't done anything formal. The animal shelter was all volunteer work. Throughout school, I used to do Santa's Shoebox. Basically, it's a cause to help children in foster homes, for kids who wouldn't typically get presents for Christmas.
When you’re not a content creator/superhero, what do you do in your daily life?
I recently graduated in December 2018 with a Marketing Degree, so I work on digital content for people in marketing. So it counts as copywriting, marketing that content to a gaming audience.
What are the greatest difficulties you’ve faced being a content creator?
Being nervous to speak my mind. Sometimes I feel a bit harsh with my opinions. I wish people would get along better. I encourage disagreements, because I don't think "yes manning" is good, but respectful and constructive disagreements that better us is always welcomed.
How did you feel when your content was appreciated for the first time?
I had some work to do at Comic Con, but nothing too crazy. I was doing a tiny bit of coverage, but mostly I was supporting Devin, who was on a panel for DotA 2. Some guys come up the stairs and stop us to say hello. They look at me, and they're like, "Hey Candice, I really like the articles you write on Red Bull!". I felt so cool. It's really motivating.
What is your ultimate goal as a content creator?
I don't want to be Candice or ItzCandyRox the writer. I just want to be seen as a voice of influence in gaming. Where I'm not typecast, where I have the freedom to do things because I'm me. I want to spread my roles across multiple different fields. Where I'm not one thing, but just Candice.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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