I was lucky enough to create a video from an event where teens from metro Atlanta spoke their true, uncensored thoughts about this year’s presidential election and the issues they believe the candidates should tackle head on.
Money’s always going to be a very important thing in your life. If you find things that are free, great, but most of the things you have now are not free. Somebody had to pay for them. So it’s best that you manage your money the best possible way you can while you’re still young.” – Catherine, 19
I had the most fun time creating the music video for 18-year-old Jayla Darden’s “That’s Just Life.” Nine Atlanta teens worked together to create this video.
This was Tamisha’s second year participating in the simulation. This time around, she managed to visit every necessary booth and still have money left, unlike like last time when she ran out of money. But Angel, 16, wasn’t as lucky.
Atlanta teens created a music video with the band Secondhand Swagger to create an interpretation of their song and bring their vision to life. It was an adventure. We followed the story of a band member’s conflicts and separation…
Three of my fellow VOX teen journalists, Catherine Boyd, Thalia Butts, and Jason Crichton, had the chance to interview these authors as I assisted some other fellow teens with shooting the video. Each of these authors had interesting things to say about their work. I found all of their inspirations to be both relatable and fascinating, with most of their work being inspired by events and people in their lives.
“The film is about a kid named Jamie who committed suicide after being bullied a lot for being openly bisexual,” Tendal Mann explains. “The film tries to tackle the issue of bullying people, especially if they’re gay but really just bullying in general.” See it at “Out on Film” film festival this fall.
The role I played in our music video was being a sad moth that turned into a beautiful butterfly, believing in my own self worth. I learned how to unleash my inner creative side.
Georgia-raised singer/songwriter Hunter Callahan has dedicated his life to trying to make a name for himself in the music industry.
I was able to see an example of Sierra’s brilliant directorial style and witness the love and compassion that was shared among these dedicated teens.