by Morgan Gordy
I wanted to cover a topic that not many people talk about for my backpack story in Blue Jay Journal TV. My passion in life is mental health and helping children or adolescents. I have considered getting my medical degree and becoming a Child Psychiatrist, so I wanted my story to be about something that I'm very passionate about. It is important to recognize that adolescents are dealing with eating disorders to lessen the stigma behind it and encourage getting help.
When I decided that I wanted to cover this topic, I remembered one of my friends saying Kamryn Mitchell had given a speech about her eating disorder and her journey to recovery. My friend said she spoke bravely and her speech was empowering and encouraging. I knew then that I wanted to interview Kamryn. Luckily, she was very happy to be interviewed and help me with this story.
I wanted to get another perspective and wanted to interview a counselor. I remembered Grace Bryson said her mom was a counselor and specialized in eating disorders. Grace helped me get in contact with Laurie Bryson, and we were able to schedule a interview after school.
Due to the several snow days in a row, I thought I would get extremely behind in my story. Luckily, I took my paperwork home and wrote it over the snow days. Writing the script was actually very difficult because I had a time limit on how long my story could be. There was so much I wanted to include in the story.
Once I laid everything out, I was unsatisfied with what I had. After Ms. Turner came and helped me add the finishing touches, I loved it! It's amazing how including small touches like breathing room, a graphic, and some music can make a huge difference. I went from being unhappy with the story to very proud of it. I hope that it helps raise awareness about eating disorders.
I enjoyed producing this story so much. Even though it was a difficult topic, I felt like it greatly benefited my ability to tell a story through film and also incorporate my passion into my work.