Video making magic for weeks 11&12
This assignment is called “Dear Sixteen Year-Old Me” and it is worth 4.5 stars. The exact instructions are: “This could really be a video or audio. But write a letter to your 16 year old self. Talk about anything you want. (I.E: Don’t cut your hair, you will look crazy. Or, don’t stress out about college, you will get it!) Just talk about things that you wish the 16 year old version of you knew back then.”
Overall, I really like the 16 year-old me. As a matter of fact, I have pretty much liked myself my whole life. I loved and still love my personality. The things that I needed to work on were self-confidence and assertion. I grew up a major people pleaser and I always got very anxious about everything. I was just a nervous little ball of energy. Looking back, I feel bad that I spent so much energy worrying about things because it wasn’t healthy and I’m glad I have learned to tame it. I was also an “overachiever” and I worked hard to get A’s and was very disappointed when I did not. I also berated myself for making stupid mistakes. All of these things got much better with age and I can’t say that my teen years were really that hard. I didn’t really do crazy drugs or sneak out of the house at night or drink withe my friends. I think it was because I was afraid of my dad and knew he would make my life miserable if he ever found me misbehaving. The biggest thing I could ever tell any young person is that they need to be confident, confident, CONFIDENT. Mistakes will happen and THAT’S OKAY. I would also like to say that having a sense of pride is also very important. I am sad that I lacked those things at 16 but it was a life lived and lesson learned. Looking back, I don’t have any regrets at 16. I felt kind of chubby and awkward but it could have been much worse.
I wanted to add a bit of a twist to this so I did a screen recording using OBS which is a great live streaming program. It allows you to really customize your screen and recordings. I added my FaceTime camera and it began capturing me AND what I was doing on the screen. I thought it would be really helpful to actually look at pictures of myself around 16 years old while I am talking and reacting. I am very happy with how it turned out because I would see a picture and it would remind me of something I want to say. The whole process did not take long. I just hit “start recording” on OBS and then began talking. The videos automatically save to my desktop when I end my recording.