Posting today is Eric M. Saperstein, Shy’s Director of Social Media / Public Relations and appointed Consigliere when negotiations between her and her father are required. I’m also handling some of her photography and video work, obviously, and this presents me with the creative outlet of producing these composition videos. We have a lot of ideas for sizzle reels, promos, and educational videos; just not enough hours in the day to produce them all. Be patient, there’s more coming!

This past weekend I got the opportunity to attend the Area 8 USPSA Jr Camp with World Champion Shooter Todd Jarrett – I came out very impressed. I learned a few things about shooting by just observing from behind the lens, but most of all what I got to experience was interacting with the next generation of world champion shooters. I spent the day around 25 kids, or well let’s say young adults, all of whom maintained full control of their sidearm, on their person, through the weekend.

What I got to observe was a group of respectful, responsible, self-policing, disciplined, and dedicated shooters who were all socializing, responding to their instructor’s commands, learning, and enjoying the weekend. Parents were attentive, supportive, and social.

Strange as it may seem … nowhere to be found was anyone whom in any stretch of the imagination would represent the modern media’s portrayal of the crazed child outcasts poised to reenact a first person shooter game at their school. This character is a product of sensationalizing the criminally insane, and a distortion of self esteem developed by the destruction of healthy competition, consequences for ones actions, and personal accountability in our education system. 

These young adults, the ones I met this past weekend, are athletes, they are training for their future careers in the shooting sports and perhaps in the firearms industry, the media, maybe technology, or some could choose medical. Who knows?? The point is they are showing the necessary concentration and determination to achieve whatever their goals may be. Their playful banter, competitive spirit, and sportsmanship were prominent features of the camp’s personality. 

At the top of the ranks were Mr. Todd Jarrett and his team, all of whom put forth their time, their resources, and their knowledge. This is such a gift to offer the shooters of tomorrow (today!) as they peek in their careers they are preparing to pass the baton of championship to the up and coming youth. This is a national treasure, a spirit and skill that we must ensure never dies if we are to preserve the liberty that we enjoy today for future generations.

Just to make something very clear – this video is a composition and show’s Shyanne getting a lot of one-on-one time. This wasn’t staged, and it wasn’t out of the norm. Every student in this camp received a significant amount of time with each instructor. They all were given personalized critique and attention!

I’d like to thank all the Jr. Shooters, the parents, our host Lower Providence Rod & Gun Club, and Mr. Jarrett’s team, and of course Todd himself. Special thanks to Lawrence Greenberg of Poni TV for his time on the camera this weekend, and for his patience and mentoring me in photography and video. I’m pleased to play my small part of the future of our shooting sports, and I wish all the Jr. Shooters the best in their careers and lives. 

This is the first composition video from the Area 8 USPSA Jr. Shooter’s camp this weekend … posted for educational purposes and Pro2A use only! All rights reserved by Tom Boy Diva Management.

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