The Battle Against Teen Obesity
Recently, I was assigned to do my backpack story. A backpack story is when you do the story (interview, paperwork, editing, background footage, etc.) all by yourself. At first, I was extremely nervous. I felt like I wasn’t prepared, but with the help of other staffers, I managed.
I knew what topic I was going to do. At my gym, there is a personal trainer with prosthetic legs. I wanted him to be the focus of my story. I sent several emails and visited the location, but with no response it was time for me to move on.
It hit me that a perfect story was right in front of me. I have a friend named Brian. We went to elementary school together and had a special bond because we were both the “fat kids.”
Brian and I both got into fitness and living a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 100 pounds since the Summer of 2015. I wanted to do this story not only to recognize Brian for his hard work, but to motivate people who are also struggling with their weight.
On a Saturday afternoon, Brian and I went to The Competitive Edge. I got plenty of background footage, shots of him working out and the overall gym atmosphere.
Once I finished filming, I also worked out with Brian. He is an all-around uplifting person.
This story turned out better than I could’ve ever imagined. Brian's interview was nothing but gold coins. He is so determined, and I know this story will change someone's life for the better. He is an inspiration.
This experience showed me that even though my first story idea didn't work out, it pays off to not give up and see it through.