When growing up, children of all ages have wild dreams of becoming the next president, an astronaut, and even a marine biologist.
Like many of the common kids, I had dreams of my own, but my dream was to be the best photographer I could be. Throughout my later years of development, I chased my dream to the furthest of ends. Year after year I’d ask for the latest and best cameras, I would then ask for a MacBook, and soon after I would ask for Photoshop, and though every Christmas and every birthday I was let down, my dream lived on. Just because I didn’t have the equipment or the knowledge of photography that I wanted I never gave up my dream.
As middle schoolers transitioning to the high school, we had the ability to choose every class we took besides the basic requirements. Out on a whim, I took Video Production not knowing that it would become the one aspect in life that I am passionate about to the furthest ends. My freshman year I fell in love with everything that had to do with video, but mostly the editing that came along with it. If I’ve ever felt like I fit in somewhere, it was at that exact moment. It was when I had the mouse in my right hand, the keyboard at the tips of my fingers on my left hand, and could feel each beat of the song I was cutting my music video to. In that very moment, I belonged in a place that I’ve never experienced before but for some reason I knew everything was how it should be.
That feeling is how it was to stand on the podium at the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony for winning the high school award of best newscast in the region. After many times of frustration, I would continually ask myself “Is this what I should be doing with my life?” but in that very moment, everything was how it should be. I had my instructor and main inspiration for my career in the video industry standing next to me being as supportive as he always is and the award in my two hands. In that very moment, I was no long just Lexi Mccloskey, but I was Lexi Mccloskey Producer and Director of, NATAS Award Winning, SHS Today and that title felt so amazing to have.
For the past four years of my life I have been working up towards these accomplishments and goals, now that I’m here it’s a feeling that I never want to end. Though I couldn’t have done it without the amazing friends I have made throughout my year in the program, this isn’t the last time you’ll hear of me. An even greater thank you to NATAS for putting on an amazing ceremony and giving me the most wonderful experience I’ve yet to feel.
Lexi Mccloskey is a graduating senior of Saline High School. She is the Producer/Director of SHS Today, a weekly news show produced for the students school community of Saline, Michigan. After high school, she is pursuing a degree in Video Production and Film