Originally published on Backstage.
I was always a creative kid, imagining and acting out little skits and stories for all the adults in my life.
If I wasn’t creating, I was reenacting scenes from my favourite movies with my friends. Like the kitchen scene in Jurassic Park. Curling myself into a cupboard and screaming while the imaginary velociraptor careened towards me. My mom was the perfect audience for such amazing performances.
I was about 10 when I first dreamed of actually pursuing a career as an actress. I drew pictures of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and imagined pressing my hands into the wet concrete and signing my name. But that’s about as close as I got to really acting. I didn’t think I was old enough to actually do anything about it. So I didn’t.
Flash forward to present day where I meet this kid, Peter James Holt (PJ), who’s written, produced, and starred in his own short film, At Maria’s. Not only that, but it’s winning actual awards! Did I mention he was only 10 when he wrote it?
Watching PJ’s dreams and vision for his future unfold really made me look at the world of acting and film in a whole new light. And it’s spurred something in me for the youth of today.
It’s never too early to start making your own films.
Kids today have so much technology at their fingertips. When I was little we watched movies on VHS and listened to music on cassette tapes. Video cameras were only owned by grandparents. Now, toddlers are playing games on iPads and working cameras on smartphones.
So why not put these skills to something constructive and inspiring. Something that could aid their dreams and future?
To all the mom’s and dad’s out there, with kids who want to tell stories, encourage them in it. Pass over your smart phone so they can go and film a short film with their friends. Encourage them to imagine and create. Encourage them to learn more about the craft of storytelling.
The more they learn now, the sharper their skills will become as they enter adulthood.
If they’ve got a passion for it, indulge it a bit. You may even be pleasantly surprised by the health and life benefits it encourages in them too.
Did you know that creativity reduces stress and anxiety?
When we embrace a life of creativity it encourages problem solving, it helps to give us more self-awareness and belief in what we are able to achieve, and increases are ability to focus and be disciplined.
It also encourages us to never stop learning, even when we become big, important grown ups.
If we encourage the youth in our live’s to play and dream, imagine how well-adjusted and adventurous they’ll be as grown ups.
The bottom line, as long as they’re doing it for the passion and fun of it, your kids may become the next sensational creative this industry needs.