Shooting for the Stars

Scholarship Entrant: Amanda from Cheektowaga, New York
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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I’ve never had a doubt that what I most loved doing was creating things- drawing, painting, crocheting, sculpting, you name it. It took a me sixteen years to really figure out though, that the things I loved creating most were film and video projects. Film offers so many different ways to use all my miscellaneous skills to create one work of art which can be shared digitally with an unlimited number of people and which doesn’t require any explanation or context in order to be enjoyed and understood. Film, tv and even videos on the internet wield an incredible influence over people’s real lives, not just as a conversation starter or a well for pop culture references and jokes, but as a water cooler for ideas, inspiration and social issues. A classic example of this is Star Trek which, among other achievements, inspired massive advancements in technology such as cell phones. The communicators on the show were so impressive to the young men and women who watched it that they set out with the goal of seeing if they could replicate that idea in the real world. If I had even a fraction of the impact that one show has had, and continues to have, then I will count myself both lucky and satisfied. In order to achieve this dream I would first set out to write three screen plays and then choose the best one, and then shoot a trailer and set up a Kickstarter in order to make my film a reality.

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