79 startling color photos and engaging interviews introduce twenty driven young people who strive for careers as professional wrestlers. Working day jobs in San Bernardino, California, as truck drivers, cashiers, and secretaries, these men and women seek goals of fame and stardom. Compiled at various stages of their careers at the School of Hard Knocks and the affiliated Empire Wrestling Federation, heartfelt interviews expose what motivates them toward this competitive and dangerous profession. Enter their world to discover the passion needed to step out of the ordinary work-a-day world into a ring with other wrestlers on their way up.
Thomas McGovern has been a photographer since 1976. He lives and teaches in San Bernardino, California.