The Spotlight – StarSlay3r – Ciji!
GH: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Ciji: My name is Ciji but most people know my by my gamertag StarSlay3r. I'm a professional gamer that specializes in rhythm games but plays a bit of everything. I've been competing for over 15 years but have only been competing at a professional level since 2006. I'm most well known for my top placements as a Guitar Hero and Rock Band player but others know of me from a few of the TV shows I've been on.
GH: What passions do you have besides gaming?
Ciji:I love cars! From going to car shows to admire other peoples cars to modifying my own Turbo Civic, I absolutely love cars!
What game got you started in gaming and what is one of your favorite games to play?
Ciji: My parents got me a Nintendo when I was younger so I started gaming by playing Mario Bros. The game that got me hardcore into competitive gaming was Guitar Hero back in 2006. My favorite games to play are typically racing and rhythm games although lately I've been into digital TCGs and MOBAs a lot.
Any upcoming projects or projects you are currently involved in?
Ciji: I'm currently working on various cosplay ideas, one of which is Hatsune Miku. While everyone has done Miku at least once it seems like, I have always wanted to but never cosplayed as her before. Also, the No Princess In The Castle documentary that I'm in was recently funded on Kickstarter so I'll be filming with them which is exciting!
What's your highest gaming accomplishment?
Ciji: Everyone asks me this and I never really know how to answer. It's hard for me to just pick one thing I'm proud of since I constantly pushed myself to new levels I never thought I could before. Ranking 5th for Guitar Hero in the world was a great accomplishment for me but placing top 8 in several Street Fighter tournaments in various states was a big accomplishment for me too since I had only started playing the game not even a year before and all I ever heard from people was that I'd never be able to learn the game well enough to place that well that fast. I just love setting goals for myself and then accomplishing them, so every goal met means a lot to me.
Do you have any role models you look up to?
Ciji: Stermy, Todd Rogers and Morgan Webb are a few people I really look up to.
Just for fun, if you could become a video game character - What powers/characteristics would you want to have and what type of game?
Ciji: If I could be any video game character I'd be Rinoa. No powers, and that sappy love story that is Final Fantasy 8... there's no one else I'd rather be though.
How do you view the gaming industry? Especially for upcoming girls who are just starting out or want to get involved in the gaming community.
Ciji: It's not easy being a female in the industry. All you can do is ignore the trolls, keep the focus on your skills not your looks, and shoot for the stars. If you work hard there's not anything you can't accomplish in the gaming industry. Just set goals and work towards them. Nothing happens overnight, so don't get discouraged if you don't have your dream job or are not a pro gamer in a few months. I competed for 7 years before I went pro and things started working out for me. Things take time. Work hard and don't give up!
How can we stay connected with you?
Ciji: StarSlay3r.com is my main website and you'll find links to all my social media sites on there. Typically if you just use /starslay3r on any website you'll find me though! Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Twitch, that's my url!
Lastly, any advice you'd like to share for upcoming YouTubers/game lovers/streamers/etc.?
Ciji: When it comes to YouTube and Twitch that's something I'm still working on myself. You have to have good content, and a set schedule for best results, and that's my biggest problem. If you can set a schedule for yourself and stream set days for set times consistently and if you can have set days videos come out on your youtube channel consistently you will notice your followers will grow for each. That's probably the hardest thing to accomplish though as most gamers work and can't just dedicate all of their time to doing that daily. Work around your work or school schedule, don't promise more than you can commit to, and have fun with it. If you're not having fun it'll show and no one wants to watch forced videos or streams where you're miserable!
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