One of the most important aspects of the Video Revolution is the empowerment of women.
When I first started working at WCBS News in NY, there was one camerawoman on the staff. She was considered something of an oddity in the business.
And it was understandable.
The gear in those days weighed a ton. U-Matic cameras, separate record decks. The battery belts alone would have eliminated most people from the job. You had to have the strength and the endurance of a professional fire fighter to even think about it.
Of course, that is now all over.
Broadcast quality cameras weigh next to nothing.
And now women can begin picking up cameras and competing with the boys.
(Personally, I think this annoys a lot of the old-guys cameramen; but that’s another story).
At the Travel Channel Academy, about half our enrollment is women, and our average age is probably 30s-40s. These aren’t 23 year old kids wanting to break into the business. They’re serious adults. And they all have stories to tell.
This opens whole new opportunities for TV.
Reality TV now is often little more than a car crash, with the audience as rubberneckers.
But there are better, and far more personal stories to tell, once we start to empower people with the technology.
Carey Kyler took the course last week. She had never touched a camera for an edit before. Here’s the piece she made after the 4-day session. Her husband is a stay-at-home dad.
Pretty good for the first time ever. And maybe the kind of thing you’d see on Lifetime… Real people. Real stories.