Aviation for Girls

2017

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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Disney Magic That Will Make You SOAR Interview with Stephanie and Mason Grant 1. How did you become involved with Disney Junior and Doc McStuffins? I received a request through my website, www. StephanieRGrant.com, from a Disney Jr. direc- tor/producer detailing the project and asking if I'd be interested. I couldn't believe it! I was so ex- cited and then to top it off, my son, Mason, was going to be able to share the spotlight with me! During a conference call with Disney Junior to finalize all the logistics, I finally asked, "How did you find me?" I was told that they knew they wanted to feature a black female pilot and basically, that's what they put into the Google search. They came across my website and blog, www.OutsideTheCockpit.com, and sent me the request. This is an example I use when I speak to young people across the country. I emphasize how social media will play in your success or demise. In this modern era, your social media is the first impression that com- panies, colleges, and employers will check to see what type of message your sending out into the world. It may not be an accurate assessment of who you are as a person, but you ultimately control the images that you post, and it could affect you in a negative way. I often think, what if my social media portrayed me as a person that didn't meet Disney Junior standards? That would've been an awesome opportunity that I would've missed out on. I would have no one to blame but myself. 2. Did Mason enjoy being part of the show? What was his favorite part? Mason was too enthusiastic about being a part of the show. He talked about it nonstop for the entire month (at school and at home) before we left for Burbank, California. When we arrived on set, I thought he was sharing the stage with me, but as it turns out, I ended up sharing the stage with him! He did such a great job! And when I asked him what was his favorite part, he said, "Mommy, my favorite part was when you put your hat on my head at the end!" 3. How did you get started flying? I grew up in Sumter, South Carolina, near Shaw Air Force Base. I saw airplanes f lying over- head all the time, and I was always intrigued. It wasn't until I was 10 years old that my uncle, who was in the Air Force, was stationed at Shaw. He would take me on base and introduce me to Mason and his pilot mom, Stephanie Grant, WAI 42959, were featured on Doc McStuffins, a Disney Junior TV show. Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Grant 2 0 17 8

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