Hello, my name is Hayley Schaefer. I was born and raised in Dubuque, IA. But, my close proximity to Wisconsin and love for the Green Bay Packers led me to spending most of my time going in between. I made the move to Des Moines when I began attending Drake University. Currently I am a Digital Media Production and Theatre major.
I am driven by the creativity of video production, whether that be filming, producing, or editing. Telling people’s stories and creating an outlet for people to share who they are, is important to me. There is so much to learn from those who are around us. I started writing my own plays, fake newspapers and fake newscasts when I was about six years old. No one should read any of these now, but they still all sit in a bin back home.
My enthusiasm for video production started at a young age.
My dad is a professor of Media Studies at Loras College. (Go Duhawks!) I grew up in production trucks and studios. I would sit in the production booth and watch my dad’s students produce newscasts. Or I would sit in the studio and play around as my dad did work. Sometimes sleepovers in the media lab were necessary if my dad was editing all night. At age seven, I thought this was a blast.
Documentary filmmaking is my passion.
I want to focus on making documentaries that focus on people who are less fortunate. I want to document the stories of the people that we overlook and don’t notice while passing down the street. The book, “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond is a huge inspiration in my life. I want to put a face to people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness.
Social work and service drives me.
My daily life lives this out by becoming a member of Delta Gamma. In Delta Gamma, I surround myself with a large group of talented women who also share these values. The philanthropy we dedicate our time to is called Service for Sight. Service for Sight provides funding for those who are visually impaired. We fund Schools for the Blind across the United States and provide glasses for those who otherwise would go without. Locally we partner with Wesley Acres. This is a nursing home local to Des Moines. I predominantly spend my time volunteering in the John’s Harbor unit. John’s Harbor is the Alzheimer’s unit and I enjoy connecting with those that live there. It helps to give me another perspective on life.