About Me

Hi there, my name’s Grayson – I also go by Gray. I’m a young video content creator, writer, and live streamer.

Life is an adventure and I am here to share my stories, my interests and all that I wish. Follow along as I try to find my place in this world and within my heart.

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Name: Grayson
Birth Date: November 23
Began YouTube: April 14, 2006
Began Twitch: January 6, 2015
Mac (my dogs) Birthday: December 3, 2010

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I’ve been making variations of content online for over 8 years now. My whole world online began when I was in middle school, starting to dabble into a whole new world playing Runescape – which opened up so many new doors for me in life. In HighSchool, I became immersed in World of Warcraft and two private servers I had joined. Ventrillo and our WoW forums were my life, next to Harry Potter forums. Once YouTube came around, I jumped in. Watching videos and becoming familiar with that form of media. In 2010, I met someone who introduced me to a deeper level of YouTube – the creating content side. Once I discovered that I could make videos, upload them for friends to watch and connect to a community, aside from a few videos I had uploaded to share with my WoW buddies, I immersed myself in creating videos online. With creating personal vlogs, random discussion or topic videos, and taking part in a Daily Vlogging channel for 6-7 years, I fell in love with the community and sharing aspect of videos. I quickly realized I could also share gaming experiences and created my gaming channel on YouTube in 2011. I worked on playthroughs, guides and all sorts that interested me as well for years.
Fast forward to 2015, when I discovered the ease and connection that Twitch offered. I had made an account years prior, but realized how quickly I could communicate to a community of people vs waiting for comments and replying over hours at a time. Once I took the leap to “just do it”, I absolutely fell in love with Twitch and the beautiful communities found within it. After a rocky start of no consistency, the occasional streams and figuring out my personal life, I started to really focus on my streaming content sometime in 2016 and have been committed to it since. There’s always so much depth to every person we meet, far more of depth to me, my story, and who I am, but that’s my story of how I started creating online.

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Common Q’s asked:

‣ Why the name PirateGray/SaveaxX/HottGamerChick?
Here’s all the backgrounds for the names:

PirateGray/PirateGrayson – Back in the Myspace days, for some reason I made my name PirateGrayson (I think during the times kids were getting creative with their names, obviously) and being as that name was awesome, I stuck with it! (PirateGray is obviously a shorter version of the name).

SaveaxX/Savea – Whenever I started playing on Private Servers in World of Warcraft, I randomly created the name Savea. Whenever I started browsing YouTube, I decided to make an account to keep all my favorite videos and so I tried to make the account Savea, but it was already taken so within the moment, just chose xx to add to the end so I could still keep Savea in my username. I never expected it to be used as an actual content-posting account.

HottGamerChick (now known as GamewithGray) – Once I got into making videos, I realized I really wanted to post gaming videos and so, what would be a good name for a gaming channel? The name “Hot Gamer Chick” jokingly came up in a conversation. I checked and played around with spelling and it was available, and at the time, I couldn’t think of anything better so I just went with it. Didn’t think I’d actually keep it and hoped I’d make something better before posting, but it stuck.

‣ When did you start making YouTube Videos?
The very first video I ever posted to YouTube was on April 14, 2006 on a random channel I had made to share videos with my friends on Forums. I later posted my first video on my “SaveaxX” channel on Feb. 22, 2008. However I didn’t start posting videos seriously (with knowing about the YouTube Community and taking part) until February 1st, 2010.

‣ What got you into YouTube?
I discovered YouTube I believe back in 2006 or so whenever I became involved with a World of Warcraft Servers/Forums and Harry Potter Forums. I later discovered, in 2010, the community aspect behind YouTube which then got me into making videos regularly.

‣ What got you into Twitch?
With making playthroughs on YouTube, I started hating the editing process. I would sit down for hours, playing a game and recording each item individually (game, mic, cam every now and then), then import, blend each item together and cut together playthroughs. It was fun to play the game and exciting to share my experience of it, but the connection to my audience felt out of sync. I had to wait hours for the uploads to complete, then the slow process of comments back and forth – though the interaction was there, it felt minimal. I spoke with a lovely gentleman who told me more about Twitch and that it was worth checking out, so I did. One day in Jan 2015 while visiting my mom in NJ, I sat down are started streaming on Twitch. I immediately fell in love with the live interaction aspect, not having to worry about editing or blending each thing continuously after each stream; I took the time to set things together before hand and it beautifully would be displayed live (cam, mic, game, etc) and it was great! I haven’t looked back and started to seriously stream mid 2016 after building my first gaming PC in June/July 2015.

‣ Why make YouTube Videos?
Ever since I discovered YouTube, I’ve really enjoyed posting videos to connect with others, experiment with fun editing and camera angles as well as just learning as I grow. Sharing my experiences and lessons that I’ve learned is always something I’ve loved doing, so why not share them in video form? I really love connecting with others and entertaining people in different ways as well as expressing myself in different forms.

‣ What educational background do you have?
I graduated from public High School in 2010 back home in New Jersey. I haven’t gone to college as of yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not learning each day.

‣ What Countries have you traveled to and what ones do you want to go to?
As of early 2014: I haven’t traveled nearly as much as I’d love to in my life but I have been to small parts in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. I’d LOVE to travel far throughout Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Africa, Australia, Japan, China, and all throughout the UK. (And then some!)

‣ YouTube/Twitch Tips?
The best thing I can think of right now is to do what you LOVE and be yourself. Don’t make videos just for money; it’s incredibly hard to make even near as much as you need to to self sustain yourself. Do it to grow, to learn more about yourself, to experiment; have fun and express yourself.

‣ Are you in school? When are you going to start college?
I graduated High School back in 2010 and since then have not attended College or anything of that sort just yet. I plan on eventually attending college but at this point in time do not feel it’s the best decision financially for me as well as mentally. There’s a lot occurring in my life and adding school on top of it will only slow me down at this point; again I may attend college at some point, but it’s not my focus right now.

‣ What made you want to start to do videos and what makes you keep doing them?
Once I became apart of the YouTube community and got involved, I realized it was a lot of fun putting together fun videos and just talk to a camera as though it’s a diary sort of thing. I keep wanting to make videos to learn, connect and to hopefully teach and make others feel beautiful inside and out.

‣ How old is Mac (my dog) and when did you get him?
I got my sweet and adorable pit bull/mastiff Mac February 14th, 2011. He was born December 3rd, 2010. He’s growing up far too quickly for my liking.

‣ What programs have you used to edit?
When it comes to simple and short videos that don’t require a lot of editing I use iMovie, but for the stuff I want to put a lot more effort in editing wise, I use Final Cut Pro X.

‣ What do you use to film?
It really depends on the video. I currently use my Canon T3i and an iPhone 5C (as of 2014 – which has changed to an iPhone XS in 2019). I have used the following cameras in videos: Canon 60D, Canon Powershot Elph 300HS, Canon Powershot Elph 110HS, iPhone 4, and some other crappy camera I had when I first started.

‣ What type of lighting do you use?
Almost always I try to use natural lighting or any basic lamp lighting. Also soft boxes. Hopefully in the future I will be able to upgrade and put a bit of money into lighting equipment for some really nice lights.

‣ What are your hobbies?
In my spare time I like to cuddle with my dog, write, watch movies, play videos games and from time to time draw. I love cleaning and organizing things as well, but not really sure that’d be considered a hobby.

‣ Why haven’t you posted videos in a while? What’s going on?
If I haven’t posted in a while, there’s most likely a reason. Most times it’s because I just have a lot going on within my life that I may not be able to share, I may be going through a bit of a mental/emotional crisis, or just have been really busy with other things. The best way to keep up with what’s going on is to follow me on twitter (@pirategrayson)

‣ What are your favorite games?
I really can’t decide a favorite game being as there’s always new games always coming out, but I’ll give you a list of games I know I really enjoy playing when I get the chance to play:
– World of Warcraft
– Hellblade: Senua’s Sacriffice
– Call of Duty (WoW/WWII)
– Skyrim
– Any Assassins Creed games
– Any of the Lord of the Rings games
– Final Fantasy X and XI
– Guild Wars
– Portal 1&2
And many more.

‣ When did you first start playing video games?
I honestly can’t remember exactly when, but I know back when I was probably about 5 years old, I used to go to my friend’s house who lived just up the street from me to play Nintendo 64 Super Smash Brothers. Once I got a bit older, my mom got my brother and I a Playstation 2 and Gamecube and we used to play together all the time since we got them.

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