WHIle driving from New York to Los angeles I began photographing each waitress who served me at a roadside diner or truck stop. American cinema taught us that that no matter what, if you were a girl in the USA, you could always get a job waitressing and find your independence, and if it didn't work out you could keep on traveling down the road to the next place. I want to know the real women behind this dated cliche. Click on each portrait to see their story