Life is a journey. My time at Access Local taught me many things but most important of all, it shows me ways to improve my life at every corner.
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Ever since I started working for AccessLocal.TV as a Neighborhood News Correspondent, I began to see and overcome obstacles that would have definitely slowed me down in life. I have learned technical skills, personal skills, and workforce skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Using a video editor was not new to me, but I’ve never worked with the equipment that AccessLocal.TV provided us. I find it important to be well versed in technological know-how, and in my opinion, the more equipment you become familiar with, the better.
Working with the iPod and iMovie was interesting, and a lot simpler than the equipment I worked with in the past. It produced good footage, and the videos were easy enough to make. My first introductional video is amateurish, going back and watching it now. Comparing it to my latest video about Yisrael Farms is a huge difference. I can see major growth from then to now, and it makes me happy to know that my skills have improved so much within a few months.
Aside from the technical knowledge I’ve gained, I also learned a great deal in talking with people. I wouldn’t say I was shy, but I was definitely more reserved. It was difficult for me to walk up to people and ask for interviews. But, of course, working as a reporter, I had to get over that quickly. I started talking to people at events I went to so I could get used to just talking. After a chat, I’d ask them for an interview. Now I feel I have become a better conversationalist, and I’ve been applying my skills to my work as well as personal life.
Towards the beginning months, I had feared “getting in the way” of people. I didn’t like taking shots in front of crowds and during meetings or lectures because I feared I was being intrusive or disruptive. It didn’t take long for my boss, Isaac, to notice this, and he and my co-workers gave me reassurance in my ability, and in my press-pass to get the shots I wanted.
Working for AccessLocal.TV news has been an overall wonderful experience. Although I had a rocky start, my skills improved with the help of my boss and co-workers. I cannot thank them enough for all I have learned from them. I feel more confident as a worker, and as a person, and I owe it all to AccessLocal.TV, and the wonderful people working for it.
The 2nd annual Truth Be Told: Justice Through My Eyes film festival hosted by RYSE is now underway. It is a great opportunity for young filmmakers ages 13 through 24 to submit a film no longer than 12 minutes by the deadline of September 9th, 2016. The film festival is also looking for films that have a specific focal point on current and relevant social justice issues such as the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, anti-violence programs, the school to prison pipeline, the criminalization of immigrants, gender justice, food justice, and education justice.
But what exactly is RYSE? RYSE is a youth centered organization who continually aims to empower youth and young adults and give them the education and resources necessary in order to help become active members of their own communities and tackle problems that could be oppressing them and their neighbors.
“Empowering youth and young adults to navigate different systems and life situations is crucial to the work we do at RYSE and we understand that having creative outlets to release the impact of the trauma they face on daily basis is imperative,” says Youth Justice Director Stephanie Medley. “Our film festival, ‘Truth Be Told’, gives young creative filmmakers an opportunity to express and showcase their visions, reflections, rage, and solutions to many societal issues through the lens of their cameras.”
It goes without saying that the Truth Be Told film festival is a great artistic outlet for young filmmakers to really make their voices heard through the power of art and self-expression. This is even more so highlighted when considering the age limit of the festival itself. Cash prizes are also included as an extra incentive, which gives a great opportunity for young teens and adults to rise above their ranks and prove their ability as an artist and as a community member in their respective neighborhood. For more information on the festival or on RYSE, please visit their website at Rysecenter.org here.
You can also view last year’s winning film, STOP by Julia Retzlaff here.