A Different Type of History

Scholarship Entrant: Michelle from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Michelle: 2

When children start thinking about their future careers, a common phrase uttered by adults is, “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.”
For me that dream career would be an animation historian. It’s not a career that many people think about when planning their futures and wasn’t something that I knew even existed until six years ago. Once I researched the job further, I found that it would be an ideal fit as I’ve spent countless hours watching and reading about animated films. I grew up in the Disney Renaissance and the films from Disney Studios, as well as others, have played a major part in my life. To devote my life to these films, films of the past, and films of the future would be a dream come true.
This career won’t change the world on a large scale, but it may change people. I can say with absolute certainty that I appreciate animated films so much more knowing that incredible amount of effort artists put into these films and I know of others who are inspired to produce their own artwork. If I can leave my mark on one person, I’d be happy.
This a very niche career that requires dedication; connections in the industry are a plus. But it also requires a desire to share the history of these films with the masses and to keep this history alive, which I plan to do.

Vote for Michelle: 2

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