Being physically challenged doesn’t mean the end of her dream. Kadek Warjani or we know her as Dani proves us once again, if you work hard you’ll get the prize. She is now officially working for Rip Curl as a photographer through soul surf project Bali’s “Working and Learning Program”. She is quite a success story. Here is an interview with her done by Adrian about her view in life and her dreams about her future.
Adrian : Tell me a little bit of the story about how you joined sspB?
Dani : Well..I joined here around the first weeks of September 2013. I was offered a position for photographer intern to take pictures of the children who are joining sspB surf program. And I thought why not, I like photography and don’t mind at all taking photographs.
Adrian : What made you interested in joining sspB?
Dani : I was really into photography, and I still am. So I thought taking the given opportunity is a good stepping stone for me.
Adrian : And what did you do when working there?
Dani : Mostly making documentation for all the programs and events of sspB.
Adrian : How long did you work at sspB before Rip Curl offered you a photographer trainee position?
Dani : I think it was 3 or 4 months before Rip Curl was interested in taking me in as a trainee. I gained some more photography skills after joining sspB. So I work 2 days for sspB and 2 days for Rip Curl. 4 days a week.
Adrian : What skills and knowledge did you get working for sspB and Rip Curl as intern?
Dani : It’s been great, for sspB I learned the basic photography skills, I learned how to appreciate and respect my surrounding and environment, I learned what can we do to save it, I also learned about surfing. And from Rip Curl I got more advanced knowledge in photography.
Adrian : Congratulation about your employment status at Rip Curl now, how did the offer take place?
Dani : I’ve been working there for about two months before they offered me to become a photographer staff. I think how the other Rip Curl staff treat me, allowed me to improve fast and well. And when they think I have what it takes to step up a ladder from intern position, they offered me right away.
Adrian : How do the Rip Curl staff and your supervisor treat you?
Dani : More than accommodative. They always let me know more things about photography and never let my physical condition to be a negative factor. They teach me how to use camera properly and all technical things that I need to know. I’m really grateful sspB hooked me up with Rip Curl actually. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have this great opportunity right now.
Adrian : Has it been tough for you having condition that you have?
Dani : It has been tough, people never really take me seriously and kind of taking me for granted because of what I have. That’s why I work hard to prove those people that I can pursue my dream no matter what.
Adrian : What is your plan for the future?
Dani : I wanna get more skills in photography, I am actually looking forward to be able to do underwater photography. I love the ocean and I think it would be great for me and for others as well if it became true. A girl with my condition but is able to do underwater photography. Oh, and I also want to open my own photo studio and a gallery where my photographic work can be displayed. It’s been a great opportunity for me now working here. So I’ll just use this time to get better in photography and be grateful about all this. Thank you soul surf project Bali and thank you Rip Curl once again for giving me this opportunity.
Adrian : No problem. I’m sure many people would want to see you succeed in your life and prove the world that your physical condition is not a problem at all.
Dani : Yes, thank you. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.