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ESPN’s Inspiring Women Series: Meet Brie Michaels

What's it like being in this steadicam operator's shoes?

EDITOR’S NOTE: In honor of Women’s History Month, ESPN Images and ESPN Internal Communications asked ESPN employees to nominate colleagues who inspired them. From hundreds of nominations, seven women were selected to share their stories in a series entitled “In Her Shoes.” Throughout March, Front Row will publish these profiles accompanied by Images’ photos. In the first installment in this series, Rochester, N.Y., native Brie Michaels – a 10-year steadicam operator for ESPN Studio Operations – explains what it means to be “In Her Shoes.”

What is your proudest moment at work this year?
My proudest moment this year is hands down the Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and the CFP National Championship game. I had the unbelievable opportunity to fly Steadicam for College GameDay and the bowl season.

This past championship was the first time I operated steadicam for back-to-back-to-back high-profile events. I went right from operating steadicam in the morning on GameDay to running Alabama and Oklahoma out of the tunnel and onto the field for the Orange Bowl. Then I flew immediately to Pasadena [Calif.] to operate for the historic Rose Bowl and then right onto the National Championship in Santa Clara [Calif.]. It was the most physically challenging, mentally stimulating and adrenaline-pumping couple of weeks of my career!

Melissa Rawlins and Joe Faraoni contributed to this post.

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