Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Four Thoughts about Four Years

We taped our final show of the academic year today, which means we successfully completed a 4th season of Marblehead Youth News. Like always, today saw kids having first experiences and kids experiencing the comfort that comes from practice: all were pros in one way or the other! For me, today meant the end of an amazing, surprising, challenging, hilarious and ultimately wonderful time creating and producing this excellent show.

I've often been asked why I started this show and my reply has been the same almost every time: my kids had busy sports schedules and I wanted to provide an activity outside the physical or the field that would also fit our lives, travel needs, school work etc. All of that was and is true, but I have always left out a very essential truth: at the time, I was a 40 year old former business owner-turned full-time mom who was looking for something that might be satisfying, meaningful and fun for (gasp!) me. The mother of invention is necessity for sure, but that mother may not always be as selfless as you think...

Throughout these four years, I have learned as much if not more than every kid who walked into the MHTV studios, and not so surprisingly, I have learned the most important things from those very same kids. Each and every one.

So let me share what I have learned about life from the kids at MYN:

Speak Up:
Ideas grow in environments of supportive people, but they even grow in ones less supportive. Add your idea no matter what and see what happens! More often than not, one wonky idea may lead to 3 or 4 even better ones that would never have been dreamt into reality without that first wonky one.

Try New Things:
If someone asks, "teleprompter?" and you don't even know what that is, say yes. Your brain and your bravery will grow in such amazingly powerful ways when you take on something you know nothing about.

Be Resilient:
Mic never worked? Hit the wrong button when recording? Cued the wrong camera? Flubbed a line? Did the world end? No? Pull yourself up, reconfigure the camera, straighten your gaze and try again.

It might be 24 hours until you have to create a television show, with no crew and very little content. If you can believe that people are good always and that those good people will show up, you'll be okay. Cultivate good people in your life and keep the faith that your efforts matter and resonate.

Thank you so much to the Joan, Jon and James (and those on earlier MHTV staffs) who have been such an insurmountable support to me and all the children and parents of MYN. Their commitment to community is of the highest level and we should be profoundly grateful for all they do, every day. I am and always will be.

Thank you to all the parents over the years who have learned new technologies, helped to develop last minute scripts, hustled to interviews and waited in green rooms, endlessly. I salute you.

THANK YOU to every kid who ever took a chance, held a camera or a mic, pitched a story, edited film, directed a show, sat at the anchor desk and smiled, smiled, smiled through each and every moment. I saw you, we all saw you, and I can promise that if you keep the effort and enthusiasm you've showed here and apply it to whatever it may be that you love, you will be okay and probably even fantastic. I can't wait to see your next episodes, on screen or somewhere else.

I will be tuning in to MYN and all the MYN kids. Always.

Love Love Love

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