Carolina Moody Bear: Playing with Fire

November 3 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Firing Yourself Up

In the morning, I often sit down with a cup of coffee and light a candle before opening up my laptop and getting to work. My mom always had a thing for candles, and as I’ve grown older, I realized that I share that love. It helps me start the morning with calmness to counteract a cluttered inbox and lengthy to-do list.

Where or how do you find your moment of Zen in the early hours? If you haven’t figured it out yet, spend a little time today thinking of a few ideas that’ll help you create a more mindful morning.

WOMEN IN NUMBERS: $755 Million

While lighting a candle can create serenity, lighting fireworks can produce wonder. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, in 2015, American consumers spent a stunning $755 million on fireworks. That’s a major increase compared with the $284 million we spent on fireworks only about a decade and a half earlier, in 1998.

Even though we’re buying more great balls of fire these days, what’s interesting is that fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. have decreased by nearly 42 percent since 2000. This could be due to increased safety and education efforts, or there could be a bunch of Americans who don’t celebrate with fireworks, like me, and just stick to sparklers!

WOMAN TO WATCH: Carolina Moody Bear, Owner of Big Dog Pyro

So, you may be wondering why we’re so focused on fire this morning. Well, for one, it’s a hot topic! But the real reason is because of our fiery Woman to Watch, Carolina Moody Bear.

Carolina is a professional pyrotechnics and special-effects producer. Yep, her job is to set the world on fire. She’s hired for corporate and special events, TV and film productions, stunt work and commercials to provide mind-blowing, special-effects displays of smoke, sparks, flames and even giant confetti cannons. Carolina’s a wiz at basically anything that makes you say, “Ooohh, ahhhhh!”

Before making playing with fire her career, Carolina earned her master’s degree in accounting and worked as a CPA. I bet that isn’t what you expected, huh? Having spent a few years working in accounting, Carolina got the spark to cross over to the world of combustion. And now she explores her wilder side through her pyrotechnics company, Big Dog Pyro.

Big Dog Pyro has worked with some seriously notable clients, ranging from unique film festivals like Fantastic Fest, to world-class entertainment events like South By Southwest, to the Discovery Channel and glossy magazines. The company even provided special effects for a music video by the band Paramore. And before the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix began last year, Carolina was in charge of presenting pyrotechnics and special effects to more than 100,000 attendees and millions of TV viewers.

But this fireball appreciates the gentler things in life too. That’s why she’s volunteered with animal-welfare organizations for nearly a decade, including a nonprofit called RedRover, for which Carolina acts as an emergency responder for animals that have been displaced due to natural disasters and other crises.

While you may think owning a pyrotechnics and special-effects company is all fun and flame games, it’s tough work. Carolina manages a sizable team of fire starters, and must provide creative—and safe—pyrotechnic concepts for a wide variety of clients and venues. But she’s up for the challenge. And when it comes to Carolina’s career, one thing is certain: This girl is on fire!


With Carolina Moody Bear in mind, we’ll leave you today with this quote from Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell, who said:

“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us!

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