In-demand tech skills your child can develop now

Ask your tween or teen about their screen time and they may confess that they watch video content – hours of compelling stories told through short videos. If YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch are a big part of your child’s downtime, maybe it’s time to recognize the value of video, not just for fun, but also for developing tech skills important to their success. future.

Video isn’t just entertainment, it’s the present and the future of business, says Thatcher Kamin, executive producer at Taste Media Group, a professional video production company in Chicago. “It’s true that around 75% of children aged 6-17 want to become YouTubers, but we also know that companies are looking to hire candidates who have video production skills, and this is relevant to all industries and all career fields,” Kamin said. said.

As Founder of speed video, a community for creative families focused on video production, Kamin is passionate about helping kids learn about video production – and all the skills that go with it. At Velocity Video, kids ages 8-18 can learn to express themselves creatively, guided by the significant professional experience of Kamin and his colleagues at Taste Media Group.

“We’re excited to teach the video creation processes we’ve developed at Taste Media Group to the next generation and get them thinking that way. We’re not a film school, but we focus specifically on video “More and more companies are moving in this direction, so the kids could eventually work for an in-house video company, or in an agency,” Kamin explains. At Velocity Video, they will learn the video creation process and think critically and creatively about video production.

Tech skills and more

Kids who like to consume videos may be surprised by the process behind the creation of this video. And just because they watch a lot of videos doesn’t automatically mean they know how to create videos effectively. Through Velocity Video, in addition to the technical skills of production, lighting and editing, kids will learn all the “process” skills needed to create a narrative story, Kamin says.

For five weeks, each Velocity Video student will create a short video of their choice and learn everything involved, from pre-production to post-production. Any child who is interested in video production or is creative in general will thrive in this environment, Kamin says. “It’s great even for kids who are into athletics and appreciate team spirit and camaraderie and want to apply that to something new,” he says. Students can choose to create a video directly on their phone or use Velocity Video’s equipment.

Planning, working to deadlines, learning to ask questions, actively listening and following up, encouraging responses in full sentences, troubleshooting and problem solving are all skills kids will learn at Velocity Video.

“We’re going to think about the process and talk about everything that goes into conceptualization and execution, even on location,” he says. “We recognize that just making eye contact in an interview is an important thing for a 13 or 14 year old to do. It’s a level of confidence that you pay attention to and that’s the one of those little things that, when they get it, they’ll really see the difference on video.

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All of these skills can be applied to video production, but are also life skills, says Kamin. “Accountability, planning and personal responsibility are all important skills to have, especially when creating a video for a client,” he says, adding that even the youngest children can learn these life skills. important.

“I have great confidence in children aged 8 and 9. What’s cool is that it’s a creative field, so age doesn’t matter. It’s really about the ability to create, day after day. They watch videos all day and know how to use a cell phone. They know what’s going on and we need to give them those skills earlier in their journey and get them to think that way. »

And, by mastering effective communication through the accessible medium of video, children can learn to share even the most complex topics and ideas in ways that differentiate them in higher education and careers.

A larger goal for Velocity Video is to be a creative community for Chicago families, whether they’re already working in the creative industry or just want to learn something new.

“We are really excited to bring this to children and their families. We want to give children the process and the tools they will need to succeed. If a kid comes out of Velocity Video and finds a career in video production, that would be great,” says Kamin. “There are so many opportunities in video and we really want to build a community in Chicago around video production for creative families.”

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