A larger (but big highlight) portion at the beginning of the talk spoke about the idea of impostor syndrome. Rae, Naysy and Stacia all affirmed from the get go how easy it is to fall into this syndrome’s trap and how hard it is to get out of. Stacia spoke of an interesting aura, one that likely women in all industries experience. She detailed how she could enter rooms and tell how she was being judged and questioned at how qualified she is for her job role in those opening seconds. An important footnote she included at the end is how helpful it is to constantly affirm herself that she deserves this. She deserves to take up the space in the industry that she currently is because of her hard work.
Rae and Naysy support this further. Rae (who has worked in gaming media for over 10 years), believes she has finally beaten impostor syndrome because she recognises not everyone knows what they’re doing 100 percent of the time, nor does anyone know the answer to everything. “If you don’t question yourself, you begin to lose that spark. You’re doing fine, everything’s gonna be okay,” Rae powerfully reminds the audience in the end of her response. Naysy also offers a very thoughtful insight into the power impostor syndrome holds over others. She emphasises the importance of friends and peers as mentors, not just the higher-aboves of the industry, and how this can help to feel accepted. She also issues caution, stating how companies profit off this impostor syndrome. This comment holds weight and value. It’s a reminder of the prevalent issue of workers not being seen as people and instead just ways for the company to earn money, a large issue that’s existed in careers for forever.