During my second week at Emergent Order, I went with John and Jason to The Woodlands, Texas to film a video about Anna King, a 12-year old girl in a need of a heart transplant. The footage was edited and produced by the company Life is Good, as part of the King family's project: "Humor Heals the Heart." Anna is a unique and inspiring person. She calls herself an optimist and her goal in bringing attention to her story is to spread optimism around the world. (She and her family are loads of fun, and I had a blast with them!) It should be noted that her mom and dad made delicious paninis for everyone (I had turkey and swiss with thousand island dressing, as per Anna's recommendation).
During the shoot, I learned how to set up lights for interviews, operate the boom mic, and hang on for dear life to the back of a golf cart in motion, standing in the cargo area where golf clubs are usually stored (a very valuable skill).
Anna is like any other 12-year old you might meet; she's learning to play guitar, likes playing games on her iPad, and watches the Disney Channel (though she laments about the decrease in quality of some of Disney's newer shows). But then again, Anna's not like most 12-year olds. Her pragmatically positive attitude and emotional maturity are unmatched (even by most "adults" I know). It was a privilege to meet her and her family and help out in sharing her story (even if it was only setting up a few lights and light stands).
Check out the final video here: Humor Heals the Heart: The Anna King Story.