Movies that affect social change

Scholarship Entrant: Piper from Eugene, Oregon
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.
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If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would be producing movies. I’m going to be entering college this fall to do just that. I’ve loved movies ever since I was little, and I come from a family that loves them, too. It’s a tradition in our family to watch It’s a Wonderful Life each Christmas because it’s my mom’s favorite movie. I grew up watching Disney and Pixar as well as romantic comedies and musicals from the 80s and 90s that my parents were influenced by as young adults. I know how movies can affect how you feel and how you view the world, and I’ve come out of movie theatres feeling inspired and ready to tackle everything that’s wrong with our society. Films have the power to affect social change, and that’s why I want to help make them. As a teen who is bisexual and has anxiety and depression, I don’t have a lot of representation in the media. I feel like it’s in my hands now to make movies that show all different types of sexualities, genders, races, and abilities. When I was first figuring out my sexuality, it would’ve meant the world to me to have a confident bisexual woman character in a popular movie. Now it’s up to me to help make that a reality for thousands of kids by majoring in film production and making films that show the media that these people exist, and they’re hungry for representation.

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