….Drew Carey, student…. PF Bentley… Instructor…. Risk Takers…
One of our regular contributors here got in touch with one of our VJs, Karin Thayer. Following that, he did a bit of research into Thayer’s bio, and posted the following:
And BTW, here’s a little Google info about Karen, it doesn’t look like she is very concern about where the money to buy groceries will come from.
Not exactly your average VJs profile.
Former teen actor and model through Grimme Talent in San Francisco
Speaks fluent German, worked in German film industry
Has a brown belt in karate, is a licensed sharpshooter and holds a multi-engine pilot’s license. Is known to fly her own plane to get aerial shots for her films.
(December 2006) Shooting and producing film about the only gay bar in Jerusalem, titled “Freedom On The Rocks.”
(May 2006) Quit KRON 4 News in San Francisco after less than a year, after being a videographer trainer and “VJ” (video-journalist”) reporter.
“Not your average VJ profile”….
And now, I understand.
Quite to the contrary, this is your average VJ profile.
Thus, let’s be clear: not all VJs have brown belts in karate. Not all are licensed airplane pilots. Not all are sharpshooters. But all of them, (at least many of them) like to be leaders instead of followers. People who become VJs today tend to be individualistic – early adapters.
VJ today is cutting edge. It is not for the conservative or the ‘faint of heart’.
The people who are drawn to this now have a wide variety of backgrounds – some were White House photojournalists for Time Magazine; some were former writers for Letterman and Jon Stewart; some were network producers. But they all have one thing in common – an appetite for adventure and a high risk profile.
They are the kind of people who will take off for Cambodia or Afghanistan or New Orleans because they think there is an important story there to be told.
Now, they are coming up head-to-head with people at the other end of the ‘risk profile’ spectrum. People who have spent their whole lives in very conservative, very predictable and stable jobs. (Not that there is anything wrong with that).
So what we are looking at is a clash of cultures… and characters.
The new and aggressive meets the old and established.
The old and established are resentful: ‘who do you think you are?’
The young and aggressive are cocky.
This is what happens when the world changes.
I have been posting VJ pieces. I will continue to do so. It’s the right forum for it. No matter what I posted, the old and established will have problems with it. If I posted Harvest of Shame, they would complain it was not ‘hard news’.
The world is changing.
And as is always the case, the early adapters embrace change first. And like all early adapters, there will be bumps and mistakes as well as discoveries and revelations. That is the thrill of being there first, and the risk.
For those willing to accept the risks and the uncertainties, the ride is exciting as hell. For those who are risk averse, the ride can appear terrifyingly uncertain and scary as hell.
For me, I would always prefer the roller coaster to the merry-go-round.
But it’s not for everyone.