Mommy, can we play news? A question that sent a chill up my spine last week. Yes, my six year old daughter wanted to play "news". What does that mean? Well, I found out that it means I am the cameraperson who is pretending to tape her as she babbles about things she overheard when the news was on TV. Why does that send a chill up my spine?
Well, I was hoping my children would not get the TV News bug. I lucked out with my older daughter. She has never wanted anything to do with the news. Current events aren't her forte. She fell in love with music, instead. She plays trumpet and sings and is studying Music Education in college, hoping to get her Masters in Music Therapy. Both her career path and my job require performance, but I was thrilled that the connection stopped there.
So, why don't I want my girls to be in TV News? It's not because I don't love what I do. In fact, I think the job is among the elite, and I feel so privileged to have been able to do it for as long as I have. But, oh, what it takes to survive, let alone thrive in this business!
You have to have skin as thick as an alligator, be tough as nails, have tremendous drive, a competitive spirit, dedication, sticktoitiveness, fearlessness, not to mention be ready at any moment to give up anything in life for your job. And even with all that, there's still no guarantee you'll succeed or even get a shot at it.
I know the road to success in any field can be difficult, but, trust me, there's a whole different dynamic in the television news industry. I want to protect my little one from this. I'm her Mom. That's my most important job. But, I also know I could never squelch her dreams, even if they don't match my dreams for her. Luckily, I have some time with this one! Stay tuned...