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ZoëTwoDots – Creator Bio

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ZoëTwoDots

Zoë Nowak

TRAINER LEVEL: 40

TEAM: MYSTIC

FAVORITE POKÉMON: TOGEPI

CLAIM TO FAME: STREAMER

THE INTERVIEW - THE WONDER FROM DOWN UNDER

G2G: First, can you tell me your in-game Trainer name, level, and your favorite Pokémon? Is there a reason it is your favorite? Also, what do you do in your daily life?

ZoëTwoDots: My in-game name is ZoeTwoDots, my nickname since high school as my name is spelled with two dots (umlaut) above the ‘e’ like this: Zoë. I’m level 40 (XP wise Level 40 x 5). My favorite Pokémon is Togepi. I think Togepi has always been my favorite, watching Misty carry around that egg for a whole season, just wondering what would hatch, and then seeing Togepi pop out, I was so smitten. Togepi is cute and loving but also sassy and knows what it wants! My daily life is pretty much Pokémon; my daily job is content creation on YouTube, the majority of that being Pokémon GO at this stage. A typical day for me is going to the gym at 5-6 am, go out and film for a few hours, edit for a few hours in the afternoon and schedule that video for the following morning.

G2G: What got you into Pokémon/Pokémon GO? Were you into Pokémon before GO was released? What do you like the most about Pokémon in general? Do you have a favorite feature in PoGO?

ZoëTwoDots: I have always loved Pokémon! My earliest memory was of the Pokémon Anime that first aired in 1998 in Australia when I was 5 years old. I’ve been playing the Pokémon games my entire life, so naturally, when they announced we’d have a Pokémon game on our phones, I was thrilled! I was following the launch date speculation closely and had actually filmed my first video about it the weekend before it came out. I was sitting at my desk at work (then Graphic Design) when I got a message from a friend say the game was live. I’ve never run for a lunch break so fast. My favorite thing about Pokémon, in general, is probably the Pokémon themselves, their personalities, their designs. The more you look at a Pokémon, even after years of seeing it, you’ll often find something new in their design you didn’t see before. Or through your experiences as an adult, and the more you learn about the world, you’ll understand the influence of a Pokémon design.

I’m currently really loving the Buddy Adventure feature, it really reminds me of the nostalgia of Pokémon Soul Silver, having my Pokémon follow me around. But I also love the AR+ photo feature. This feeds into my love of Pokémon design. Being able to have an HD and 3D full view of a Pokémon, to walk behind it, see under it, and observe details you never knew were there is amazing. For example, I never knew Bonsly had a little drainage hole in the base of its pot like a regular pot-plant, but I found that by playing around in AR+.

G2G: What made you start uploading Pokémon GO focused Content? Was it just something you wanted to do, or is there more to it?

ZoëTwoDots: I always wanted to do something in my career that involved gaming. Originally I never had the equipment to do it though, no capture card or PC for gaming recording/streaming. Let alone the state of the RUBBISH internet in Australia. Our upload speeds were less than 1Mbs, so even if I had that equipment, I couldn’t physically live stream. When GO was announced, I realized, hey, all I need is a phone and a camera. I already had the editing software and experience from my degree and career in Graphics, I had some practice with vlogging from previous travel videos I had made on YouTube, so I just jumped in headfirst and gave it a go. Keeping in mind the internet situation, my first 6 months-1 year on YouTube, it would take 4 hours to upload a single 10min Pokémon GO video.

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G2G: You play a lot of games (Sword and Shield, Pokémon GO, and Wizards Unite to name a few) What would you consider to be your all-time favorite Game?

ZoëTwoDots: Oooo tough question!! I think overall, Pokémon is my all-time favorite game series. It’s just been with me for so much of my life. But I also love the Bioshock series, Bioshock was actually the first game I completed 100% for all achievements, etc. (including the no deaths extreme difficulty play though haha). I love Ni No Kuni and recommend it to anyone who loves both Pokémon and Final Fantasy, plus it’s done in collaboration with Studio Ghibli, so the visuals and soundtracks are stunning. I also really love MGS (which my partner Alan introduced me to) and Portal.

G2G: If you had to pick one highlight of your time as a Streamer, what would it be?

ZoëTwoDots: It’s so hard to pick, I’ve been so fortunate to meet so many people and create so many memories it’s hard to choose just one. But I think I’d have to say 2018 Chicago GO Fest. It was my first time at an in-person Pokémon GO event, and I had just cracked 10k subs. I genuinely didn’t think I’d be recognized that much, but at the meetup, the night before GO Fest, Sparkie Joy and I were the first ones there and straight away we started getting swarmed and welcomed by the community! It was so surreal. Having people call out the whole weekend, “Hey, is that ZoëTwoDots,” asking for photos, sharing their support for what I do. It was incredible. Especially seeing as I had it in my mind like maybe 20 people would know me. Additionally, it was my first time meeting so much of the community and the creator community in person. Up until that point, I had only interacted with the squad online, so to be able to meet in person finally was mind-blowing, it was the first time I felt fully connected to the community.

G2G: Do you have any advice for people who want to get into Streaming or who have just started and are struggling to grow a fan base?

ZoëTwoDots: Take the advice I wish I took earlier on: it doesn’t matter if you don’t have the best camera, phone, mic, gear, etc. JUST MAKE STUFF. Get out there, make videos. I heard this advice so much, but new creators are so fixated on having ‘a good camera/gear,’ etc., and I was too. Mobile phones alone have perfectly acceptable and genuinely good quality video recording functions. Grab a phone and start making videos. As harsh as this sounds (and this happened to me too), you’ll spend hours and hours crafting your fist video, getting everything perfect, finally upload it… and you’ll get 24 views. It’s gutting. But don’t let it stop you. Keep making videos, create as though you have an audience of a thousand, and eventually, you’ll get there.

Especially in the beginning, viewers will EASILY overlook basic quality things like camera quality, etc. get them invested in YOU. Why should they watch YOU? What can YOU offer? You are the product they are consuming. Offer them an interesting perspective and personality. The gear can come later. Also, top tips: be active on all socials, have genuine interactions with other creators in your field (not plugging your channel in other peoples comments section) make friends, collaborate (come to the other creator with a full collab proposal and idea/concept. The worst they can say is no thanks). Keep creating; don’t stop.

G2G: Is there anything else you want to share? Hidden talents? Thoughts about the current state of the game? Price of tea in China? :joy:

ZoëTwoDots: Hidden talents: can make a scarily accurate baby crying sound. Current state of the game: at this stage, I think we have so much to do and enjoy in Pokémon GO I’d love to see some crisp quality of life updates, make the Friends List functionality more user-friendly (see who needs a gift, etc.), a ready button for private lobby raids, achievements or medals for post level 40 players, a change to PokéStop colors (or a timer) for players with color blindness (the pink and blue have the same hue saturation, so they appear the same for those with color blindness), a countdown timer for lures, small but quality things like that.

Thanks for the fun questions! Happy New Year, lovelies!

"Bonus image, my first documented writings on Pokémon. Kindergarten homework book when I was 5 or 6 years old haha"

GREAT CREATOR EVEN BETTER PERSON

We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Zoë at GO Fest this past summer in Chicago, and we can say without a shadow of a doubt, she is one of the nicest and most genuine individuals you will ever come across. She took time out of her immensely hectic schedule to meet up with us and talk shop and for that, we will be forever grateful. Subscribe to ZoëTwoDots YouTube channel below, and be sure to give Zoë a follow on Instagram and Twitter as well!

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