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The Power of Kids

Kids of Power BeachThis weekend I have started yet another exciting stage of my adventures as a public access television producer, one that is really close to my heart, a children’s show.

My 7-year-old son has been begging me for almost 2 years now to have “his own television show” and finally we have made a huge leap in making this a reality. However, I really didn’t want to make this a show exclusively with and about him, so we have been looking and searching for possible co-hosts, which sounds a lot easier than it really is. When a child seems to have “the looks” to be on television it’s not enough. They also need to have the personality, but even more so the courage to be in front of a camera.

Some people say that kids have less inhibitions, hang ups and fear than adults and while that may be true in a lot of situations, being put in front of a camera (or two) with hot, bright lights shining in your face and a grown up expecting you to say one line as often as it takes to get it perfect is still pretty intimidating I would think.

Enter our 7 -year-old son Austin, who has had his dad’s photo and video cameras in his face from the day he was born. A 7-year-old who asked for his own video camera so he could document life and the world from his perspective. Add a 7-year-old girl, Cameron, who stood out at church functions as extremely confident, sociable, sassy, caring and cute. Then put those two kids together in a screen test, shake it up, throw some challenges at them, and you’ve got a children’s show, waiting to happen.

On Saturday morning we scheduled a “screen test” to see how Austin and Cameron would interact with the camera and with each other and it was in one word, amazing! Those two, 7-year-old kids, worked it as if they were seasoned television hosts. They conducted a mock interview with a stranger for the very first time and they stayed focused and came up with some pretty good questions.

Within the next few weeks we will start filming the pilot episode for this exciting project and very soon thereafter you should be able to witness this duo in the new children’s show “Kids of Power” on Montgomery Community Media.

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About Robert Snip

Robert Snip is originally from the Netherlands, and is now living and working in Montgomery County. He became interested in MCM at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in August 2011, after which he signed up for certification as a Field Camera Technician and Field Producer. Since then he has worked on more than a dozen productions as a camera technician, crew manager, floor director, video director and Final Cut Pro editor, for which he received MCM certification in May 2012. His first production, the Messiah Sing Along was awarded an Honorable mention at the 2012 Monty Awards, after which he produced the National Christian Choir at First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg. In 2014 he has been working as the Executive Producer for the award winning TV series Lip Gloss & a Sander. Currently Robert is working as Producer and Director for On the Edge of Time, a documentary series on a woman and her journey with cancer, and for Kids With Learning Power, a children's show to be launched Fall of 2015. Robert is the author of the MyMcMedia blog The World of Volunteering at MCM.


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