(J.R. Ortega/Victoria Advocate) Natasha Verma is everything like the character in her independent film "Hardy."
Verma, an 18-year-old Victoria native, pushes for excellence as an independent young woman.
Having already graduated from the University of Texas with double bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and premedical biology at 17, she is now wrapping up her master's in broadcast journalism at Columbia University in New York City.
Heather Hardy, 31, the female boxer in her film, also fights for excellence in her craft as an independent young woman. She fights not only against her opponents but also against those who believe boxing is still a man's sport and that women deserve less pay.