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OW Spotlight Ellen Schmitt

Ellen Schmitt, Co-Chair of the Silent Auction Team for IGNITE the NITE 2014423034_842296409219_1291701641_n.jpg

Q: How did you become involved with GLOW and what is your current role/contribution? 
I became involved with GLOW through my lovely friend Emily.  Her passion and drive to spread GLOW's message had me instantly intrigued. After serving as a member of the Silent Auction committee last year, I returned this year to co-chair the Silent Auction team.
Q: What was your career goal as a young girl and how did that evolve as you progressed through your education and professional life?
I was lucky enough to find my passion at an early age and even luckier to turn it into a career.  I have always loved movies, TV and theater.  Generally, I never stopped performing.  I did countless plays (some for a performing arts studio and others that I made up and forced my younger siblings to perform in).  I worked at a cable access studio in the town when I grew up when I was in high school doing both behind and in front of the camera work.  When searching for colleges, I stumbled upon the perfect film program with a major that allowed me to combine all my interests. 
Q: What is your role currently and what does an average day in your work life look like?  
I currently work as a post production producer for a visual effects company.  There is no such thing as an average day in my line of work.  Each day is a new beginning and a new set of challenges to tackle.
Q: What is your biggest fear?  
Honestly, never living up to my own potential.  And spiders… can't stand them.
Q: What is a trend in pop culture or a celebrity/recognized person that makes you even more passionate about changing the way women are viewed/portrayed in the world? 
I often most notice a celebrity's confidence and that is one trait that can affect the way you present yourself, your demeanor and even your attitude.  Confidence for me though tends to transcend a physical being.  Its also a state of mind.  I'd like to see more women exude confidence and be proud of themselves and who they are.
Q: What is your go-to for energy when you’re running out of steam?
That's an easy one… Laughter.  I find it cures more than just lack of energy.
Q: Who was your childhood hero?  
Definitely my mom.  If you meet her, you'll understand :)
Q: When have you been most satisfied in your life? 
I am most satisfied when I am taking good care of myself and maintaining a healthy mindset physically, mentally and emotionally.  I am naturally one to put others before myself but I have learned to successfully help others, I must be my best self first.
Q: What things do you not like to do?  
Ugh, grocery shopping.  
Q: What's your superpower, or what's your spirit animal?  
I have always, always wanted to fly.  I would love to have that kind of perspective on the world.
Q: How do you balance work/life?  
I consider myself to be an extremely hard worker and I have put a lot of time and energy into my career so this is something that I definitely find to be a challenge for me.  I have found that making time for myself, my family and my friends is the best way to stay grounded.  They are also the people that keep me sane.  I try not to take myself too seriously and allow time to enjoy and experience the world around me.  This could be something as small as going to see a movie that I've been dying to see or taking time to read a book or magazine.  Lately, I've tried to allot time for larger adventures like a vacation with my sister or a weekend away with friends.
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