5 Success Stories From Our Acting Classes for Kids
#Discovery. Have you ever done something new and discovered a passion for it? Isn't that the way most hobbies, and maybe even careers start? We try something - from water skiing to painting to dog training and acting – and discover we are good at it. Or, we discover it's not exactly what we want or like. Either way, we have learned something new about ourselves and about our world. That's why discovery is so important. It helps us grow.
I discovered through teaching Talk to the Camera that I am doing something that really works. It has been eye opening and rewarding in more ways than I ever dreamed. Jenny and I taught all the first classes together. When we left, we felt such a thrill and rush after because, especially in those early days, we saw in real time the benefits of our on camera classes with kids. Doing the camera work and seeing the kids watch themselves was like watching a sunrise.
A light bulb went off, in that moment they watched themselves on the TV. Our program was helping each child, in a unique, one-of-a-kind way. While it affected each one of them differently, it was exactly what each child needed at the time.
In one of the classes we had a high functioning autistic student, however we didn't know it at the time. He struggled to make eye contact, and had some social communication issues. However, at the last class, he looked me in the eye and gave me a hug. Seeing him make eye contact with me and the camera, was a huge breakthrough, for us and him.
In another class we had a painfully shy girl whose parents enrolled her to help her learn social skills and overcome some of the shyness. She was nervous and hesitant, but the other kids were kind and supportive. In our classes we always record our sessions on camera and have the kids watch the replay, encouraging only positive reinforcement – after all, we know it can be scary. By the end of the class, her quiet voice had amplified and she nailed her piece – the whole class erupting in applause. I almost cried seeing how proud she was and how happy the class was for her!
Seeing kids support each other's success is great – especially in today's culture where that isn't always the case.
We once had a student who was considered a "wild child", a student who other teachers warned us was a huge behavioral challenge. He wanted to take the class so he could learn how to make his own videos. Because he was able to focus on something of huge interest to him, he was a delight in class. This so-called problem kid sat and learned, and received positive reinforcement for doing so. He was a different kid, than we were expecting. I love these wonderful surprises!
One of my favorites was a student who came to class the first day with one of the most creative scripts I’ve ever read, so we worked as a class to turn it into a movie! This student had a place now for his passion, and, after winning a scholarship, now has a future, if he desires, in screenwriting. It completely changed his path, simply because he was given an opportunity to see his vision brought to life.
We work with a diverse group of kids because everyone is different and has different reasons why they are coming to class.
Yet another student became a middle school ambassador for us. She never knew she loved acting, and having this leadership role gave her focus and helped her direct her energy towards a project bigger than herself. She developed skills beyond those the class intended to teach, which is the way Discovery works.
Some of our students have gone on to get roles with Disney and other acting gigs. Some have even pursued positions within filmmaking. We have been blessed to witness kids confidence soar, - old wounds heal and self-discovery attained. Talk to the Camera kids get a spark and light in their eyes, and they stand a little taller.
I LOVE that in discovering our passion, we ignite it in others. Contact us to learn more about classes for kids in your area.