Recently, I sat down and chatted with Cinthya "CinCinBear" Alicea. She is a Twitch streamer and YouTube video game content creator with a large following. Let's jump right into it.
CinCinBear in Snorlax gear (pre-Pokemon Go hype)
Your Twitch name is “CinCinBear.” What is the origin story of the name?
CinCinBear: It originated from my instagram, which is _cincin_, and that originated from my real name which is Cinthya.
What age did you start playing games and what’s the first game you remember playing?
CinCinBear: I started playing video games at 8, I remember I got a Nintendo 64 for my first Christmas in America. I think that's how I got started, but way before then I remember playing Super Mario 64 on the N64 in Cuba.
What’s your all time favorite game?
CinCinBear: WoW :)
How long have you been streaming on Twitch and what made you decide to pursue streaming?
CinCinBear: I started streaming on June of 2014, so 2 years now. I decided to stream because I'm cocky and I saw other girls doing it and I thought I could be as popular as them. lol.
One of the many faces of CinCinBear that you will see on her stream.
What is your favorite game to stream and which game do you think your fans enjoy seeing you play the most?
CinCinBear: My favorite game to stream depends on my mood, but I enjoy all the games I do broadcast. As for my audience, I think they enjoy CSGO the most. My main viewers though would prefer a smaller game like Stardew Valley.
What is a typical stream day like for you?
CinCinBear: Salty, Rewarding, Sassy, Raging, Weeb. LOL. Some days are better than others, whether it's a nice or salty chat, an awesome sub day or an awesome donation day. Others may not be.
What is your favorite part about streaming?
CinCinBear: Aside from the fact that I can make my hobby a full time job, the fact that I get to interact with people because I don't have any friends IRL. lol (ok, I have literally 1 friend IRL).
What do you like to do when you aren’t streaming?
CinCinBear: Watch anime, play other video games I don't get to stream, make business models, and or try to become more occupied with other things I can make a part time job/hobby.
According to your Twitch profile, you are a monthly donator to the ASPCA. What got you involved in this cause?
CinCinBear: Yes, my involvement was simple: I'm an animal lover. They are my weakness. I like animals better than people. lol.
CinCinBear with Mylo who will almost always make an appearance on stream.
You have a very large following on Twitch with over 217k followers. Have you ever met any of your fans in IRL? If yes, what it is like to meet them?
CinCinBear: Yes, I have met them IRL in conventions and at meets ups in my city. It's cool to meet them, nothing out of the blue for me because im a very friendly person so I never really go through the awkward stage.
Can you give any advice to anyone looking to start streaming?
CinCinBear: Aside from all the normal stuff streamers say, not really. Be yourself, have a schedule.
CinCinBear: Shoutout to my Cinners :P I am what I am because of you lovely peoples!
If you would like to become a proud Cinner like myself, head on over to CinCinBear's Twitch or Youtube channel. She streams Monday through Friday from 1 - 5 PM EST with optional streams at the same time on Saturday and Sunday. For updates to these times you can check out her Twitter.