“I really like to tinker with my tech. Some other manufacturers don’t necessarily give you those kind of options,” she says. “Most of the games that I play are through Steam, or now the Epic Games Store as well, and that is my happy place. So I have an Xbox downstairs in my living room, but really where I’m happiest is seated in my gaming chair at my desk with my two-PC streaming set up, ready to go.”
Her path to her profession is just as distinctive as her gear.
“I never studied technology in school. I was just always an enthusiast. And again, kind of as a result of my gaming habit. And I certainly never considered that technology would be a part of my career. I went to school for entertainment,” she says. “I was a theater major in school. I knew that I liked performing. I knew that I liked being public-facing. And just never really thought about the marriage of those two things until I got out to Los Angeles and tripped and fell into YouTube, as I like to say it.”
She went to an audition that she thought was for a news journalism gig, but they started asking her what she knew about technology and video games. And as someone who had been an enthusiast from a young age, she had a lot to say.
“My favorite job is so hard to pick because I have had the opportunity to do some really cool stuff. I mean, in general, the work that I do, just getting to geek out with people about gadgets, getting to talk about PC modding and building, and getting to play and talk about video games for a living is kind of the dream job,” she says. “So almost every job that I’ve had up until this point has been the dream job.”
As someone who operates her own production company, creating content for Fandom, Caffeine, Newegg and Kingston Technology as well as her own Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch channels, she’s also a longtime advocate for women and girls and for other entrepreneurs forging their own path in a male-dominated space.
“The lesson I always try to impart to up and comers in this space is to do it because you love it. There’s a lot of hurdles to overcome for anyone in this industry — especially if you are something ‘other’ than what people are expecting in any way — sex, race, age, orientation, etc.,” Hershberger says. “If you honestly love what you do, it makes those hurdles seem smaller when you look at the big picture.”
Lead photo: Trisha Hershberger. (Photo by Alan Weissman)