My Dream As A Woman in the Entertainment & Media Industry

Scholarship Entrant: Lysette from Naples, Florida
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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When I was a young girl I remember seeing a few films that impacted me in one of the most powerful and positively encouraging ways. Though at the time I couldn’t grasp the significance of these films, I walked away thinking and wanting to understand. Films like, “Sarafina,” directed by Darrel Roodt and “The Color Purple,” directed by Steven Spielberg, opened my eyes to discrimination, degradation, oppression, racism, sexism, and the legacy of hate. You see I am a Black and Puerto Rican 24 year old woman and growing up as a mixed child, I myself came across unfortunate similar encounters. Encounters the female characters did in these films.
I believe women can have a positive impact on the entertainment and media industry. Though the two films I just named were directed by men, the main characters where women and the actresses playing these leading roles, as well as the message behind their stories impacted me as a woman of color. My goal once I become a film writer, director, and producer is to encourage people to act against injustice, stir imagination, touch hearts through my stories, open eyes through knowledge of past and current events so that our futures will be brighter and better than today. Furthermore I want to empower not only women of color, but both sexes and every person of all backgrounds to chase their dreams because these are the areas in my life that women in the entertainment media industry positively motivated me growing up.

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