The man in the featured photo for this blog is Rosey. He is a “cool people magnet,” as my teacher Beth described him. I attended professional development with him, Dr. Yonty Friesem, and several teachers from all around Northern New Mexico yesterday. It was a privilege to get to see Yonty again, I have a lot of respect for him and his dedication to student-driven media education. During the first two hours, the teachers were working on the curriculum, while I was helping Rosey with some side projects.
A man named Ferdi Serim attended the PD to promote his project Levers, which reminded me a lot of Praxis, an apprenticeship program I am very much interested in. Anyway, Ferdi showed up and started talking about how he had played with Dizzy Gillespie when he was younger. He tried to show us this technique Dizzy taught him called the “human metronome” but we couldn’t find a single video demonstrating it. Ferdi just ended up showing us the method himself, but then Rosey proposed that we shoot a video and see if we can’t get it aired somewhere.
So, for the next hour or so, I was in a separate room helping them film the “human metronome” that Ferdi so desperately wanted to document. It was interesting, I felt like I was on a real film set. Any area with a camera rolling is a real film set, but this felt different. The cameras were placed with care and intent, the background was adjusted until it was perfect, and we shot from two different angles to give a clear view of his hands.
This may sound like a simple set up, and it was, but there was something about how much thought was put into every detail of this two-minute video that made it special to me. Watching all of these cool people create something that seemed so professional in such an informal space was exciting and insightful. So many people shun their passion for jobs such as media production because they don’t have “professional equipment.” Working with Rosey and the UNM Taos Digital Media Arts Lab has taught me that a good producer will work with what they have and still make a phenomenal product.
On my way home, I was wondering if a magnet was the right word to describe Rosey. The word magnet made it seem as though he couldn’t help that those amazing people and opportunities gravitated towards him, they just did. It undermines the incredible amount of work and pride he puts into what he does.
He created a non-profit education initiative called True Kids 1 that helps students develop skills in media and then shows them how they can build a career out of it. He is dedicated to teaching young people that their passions and interests are theirs to conquer. Rosey continues to advocate for young people’s voice to be heard and considered on topics that affect the state, the country, and the world. He believes in empowering the people that will make up the future, not destroying their free thinking.
TK1 is the reason I did my radio shows, worked with Yonty, and moderated panel discussions on a classic film series. I cannot even begin to explain how much Rosey has done for me or how much my confidence has grown since working with him. He trusted me with so many projects and tasks that I never thought I was capable of. He always wanted my help and my participation in events because he knew that I would show up and I would do the work he asked.
Rosey is not a “cool people magnet,” he’s a hard worker, a forward thinker, and a fantastic delegator. I aim to be as ambitious and creative as he is in his work and I am so grateful that I got to work under him as my mentor.
As I write this blog, I am on a flight to Montreal. Rosey has made it clear that my departure from the mountains is not going to be easy on him. It is nice to know I will be missed, but in some ways, I am drawn to the growing group of innovators located in my little valley. McGill seems so far away from the people I worked so hard to connect with. I have promised to always be available for remote work, but I know that can only go so far in a media environment.
Yesterday was not the last time I will see Rosey. I’ll be coming back to the Rockies in August to work with him and TK1 as an organizational manager. That month, however, will be my last hurrah with my team. I’ll miss them, maybe enough to come back. The future is uncertain, but I know it is rich with opportunity.