Last Sunday, we had an intense filming session for a crowdfunding video for my new business (#tutornautsftw). The kids you see in this picture were specially chosen to act as ‘extras’ for the advert. They had a tough time that day as the director modified the script and all of them except one had to act individual scenes. None of them has any acting experience at all.
Ranee had to wear nerdy spectacles and act inside a walk-in wardrobe and still look natural. Jeric, with his handsome face, was chosen to do a shower scene where he had to be half-naked with shampoo bubbles on his head. Derrick, the comedian, also had to wear nerdy specs and give funny exaggerated expressions for his scene. Garren, who is always trying to quit tuition, had to sit still in a chair and act as an enlightened student. Naomi, who had no individual scenes, still played the role of an ‘extra’ to her best and even encouraged the rest.
This 5 kids you see over here, eating pizzas, looking awkward at the camera – or not looking at all, have touched my heart and won my utmost respect.
They showed all the adults there that day, (including me), that with a positive outlook on the world, they could step out of their comfort zones bravely, and tackle the unknown with smiles on their faces. They shrugged off their mistakes and finished their scenes in about 3 takes. As their authorised guardian for the day, I could not have been more proud of them!
Children are inquisitive, energetic, and creative. They have few inhibitions and they don’t dwell on their problems so much. They are direct. They are genuine. They mean what they say and do as they feel. If we adults could look past their flaws and bring out their strengths, they will flourish and blossom. They will gain confidence and thrive.
All they need is someone to believe in them.
We are always teaching children how to be proper adults, but sometimes, if we bother to observe and listen, children teach adults what it means to be young and innocent…
just like children again.
Written by Jerry Lee