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Strength of a Hero

My Video scholarship 2010 entry

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 26 July 2010 | Views [241] | Scholarship Entry

There are everyday heroes and extraordinary stories in everyone, but some are often underappreciated or underrepresented. This inspired me to profile a woman in a career traditionally considered for men. I wanted to address the stereotypes associated with a female firefighter and show the reality of the job.

I contacted the fire department headquarters and informed them about my idea. Once I established Dawn as my subject, I did a focus group to gather data on what type of stereotypes people in San Antonio had on female firefighters.

At any time, Dawn and her all male crew could get a call and have to rush off to fight a fire or respond to an emergency. My biggest challenge was that I wasn’t able to spend big blocks of time with her, because of the unique nature of her job. Instead, I would mostly get pieces of her day and then edit it together to make it fit into an entire picture.

My ambition is to bring about change, starting one story at a time. I want to give a voice to the people and stories that haven’t yet had theirs heard.  

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