I participated in 4 POWGirls short films. I first found interest in it because I wanted to learn a bit more about filmmaking and thought it would be cool to be a part of a short film. I enjoyed the workshops because they helped me learn about the creative and technical side of films, which was interesting. I also appreciated the encouragement and support of young voices. I think it’s important to uplift young women and non-binary people’s perspectives in media, and I can tell Tara has a good care and passion for that. Giving these traditionally less-respected groups a voice and outlet is important; it helps aide in bringing awareness to different social issues as well through these different viewpoints. Doing one of the POWGirls workshops, which was a promo documentary, led me to my first job at The Portland Kitchen which became an important program to me. Through that, I gained an awesome network of people whom I still stay in touch with, such as Arielle Clark, a great mentor. I also met good friends and my current partner of 3 years now through The Portland Kitchen. This would not have been possible if I had not found POWGirls, so I am appreciative of that.
POWGirls gave me that opportunity and helped me develop more confidence. It led me to develop more of an interest in social issues; I am now majoring in social sciences at PSU, wanting to pursue a career in social service work. If given the opportunity to be a part of another short film, I would do that. POWGirls broadened my interest in that medium. I would definitely say it’s a worthwhile program to check out!