We’re thrilled to be profiling fellow Aussie gamer Grace, that many may know as ‘I Am Fall From Grace’ on Youtube. Her site began back in 2012 and already boasts over 87,000 subscribers and nearly 3 MILLION views. She regularly talks video games and promotes positive vibes on her thriving channel – a near impossible task in the gaming demographic. For this – we applaud her and are excited for you to get to know this wonderful lady.
You’re a gaming YouTuber in Aus – what are the best and worst things about doing this?
The best thing is definitely being seen as ‘different’ to the rest of the world. Apparently the rest of the world seems to love the Australian accent, and the majority of my subscriber base is from the US and EU! So I guess that’s a big plus haha. Also the fact that there are so few ‘big’ Australian Gaming Channels (compared to US/UK) I think it’s a little easier to be taken seriously even though I’m a smaller channel.
The worst thing is the lack of opportunities/events. Because there are so few big events here aside PAX Aus and EB Expo it can be difficult to network and collaborate with other YouTubers and companies. Networking is a huge part of success on YouTube. Obviously good content is paramount, but having the right connections can help you immensely!
Do you believe feminism is still a prevalent theme to push in todays society?
It’s a tough subject. To me the word feminism has been tainted and is no longer seen as the fight for equality for some. It is sometimes seen as a negative word from women who use the term to ‘man hate’ which is a shame. I don’t think it’s a theme that needs to be pushed as such. In some countries it is definitely more of an issue, e.g. countries where women must cover their entire bodies and don’t have the rights to vote etc. However in the first world we are very lucky, women have as much opportunity as men, in my opinion. Situations may arise where men benefit, but at the same time there may be situations where women benefit so to me it’s reasonably equal. As a YouTuber I have been offered opportunities that I believe I only received because I am a female gamer and I add diversity to an overall male dominant community. Having said that, the gaming community is definitely evolving and become a lot more equal in gender.
Has anyone told you who to be/how to behave/what you can or can’t post about?
Not necessarily. I’ve always been free to express myself in my own way. My parents have always been very supportive of what I want to do. They don’t totally understand this whole YouTube thing but they see it’s making me happy so they’re cool with it. I moved out of home when I was 17 so I’ve been on my own for about 6 years. As far as posting on YouTube goes, I run my channel how I want to so the content is totally up to me. I’m open to suggestions but when it comes down to it, if I don’t like it or I’m not having fun making the video I’ll move onto something that I enjoy. I never want to see YouTube as a chore, otherwise the content will suffer.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Hitting 50,000 Subscribers was quite amazing at the time, I’m now nearing on 100,000 which is insane to me. However being invited to events as a VIP was an absolutely amazing experience. I have been flown to EB Games Expo, PAX AUS and the Ubisoft Office in Sydney for YouTuber events. They were all great experiences and it was quite bizarre that it was because of YouTube. Meeting people who watch my videos and signing autographs is always a shock to me as well haha.
Who are the women that inspire you?
Jenna Marbles hands down. I have always loved Jenna’s no bs attitude, she’s so real. I have YouTuber friends who have met her and said she is EXACTLY who she is in her videos and that’s so refreshing. A lot of people in this internet world are fake, so for her to be such a huge channel and still be real is inspiring to me.
Was there a moment when you knew you were a geek?
I have always loved video games. I have baby photos of myself playing Duck Hunt on the Nintendo NES. It’s always been a hobby of mine but it wasn’t until around 2010 that I really started getting into gaming. I started the Assassins Creed franchise on Xbox 360 and from then on I have been taking video games much more seriously.
What do you geek out about?
Anything that I’m passionate about. Especially franchises that I have a lot of emotion invested in! Don’t even get me started on Bioshock Infinite or Assassins Creed Revelations, so much love for those games. I actually work at EB Games (Australian GameStop) so I get to geek out all day at work as well with my customers. If I have a game, TV show or movie in common with someone, that’s all I need. I could go on for hours about The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad too.
If you could have dinner with any three women from the past or present – real or not – who would they be?
Jenna Marbles, Mila Kunis & Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite.
If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation 100%! The ability to go and meet my YouTube friends in other countries (in an instant) would be so amazing! The boundaries of flight costs, taking time off work/study etc is very limiting. I speak with these people on a daily basis, yet we’ve never met in person!
What are you currently Playing, Watching and Reading (#PWR)?
Playing: Currently I’m addicted to a few games. Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies (PS4), H1Z1 (PC), The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PC) and Clash of Clans (iOS) plus I regularly jump on GTA V Online (PS4) with my crew.
Watching: I just finished How to Get Away with Murder S1, highly recommend that to anyone! But I’m currently watching Better Call Saul. I’ve been in a state of depression ever since Breaking Bad finished because no TV show will ever top it haha.
Reading: Between making YouTube videos, working and studying, I honestly don’t have much time for reading! I used to love sitting down and having a good read but with my busy life at the moment I have to use every spare moment I have.