A Hobby for Storytelling: Bethanie Gourley’s Story

A Hobby for Storytelling: Bethanie Gourley’s Story

A Hobby for Storytelling: Bethanie Gourley’s Story

This post was republished from Medium, where Noble Impact 201 scholar Bethanie Gourley blogs about her life, thoughts, and inspirations. Follow Bethanie on Twitter and check out her digital portfolio.

Five years of my life were spent as an only child. Imagination played a major role in sustaining my happiness as a child. I spent every moment either turning mud into soup or creating a storyline with my Polly Pockets. The majority of my first memories consisted of a VHS video camera pointed towards my chunky toddler face. However, this is not where I found my passion for film.

Around the age of 10, my little sister Erica received a barbie doll for her birthday. This wasn’t an everyday barbie doll; it had a built-in video camera. My experience with film began by chasing my sister around our house with a camera/child’s toy. This became more of a gift for me, instead of my sister. This became more of a gift for me, instead of my sister. My expertise at the time was compiling scenes of dialogue between different stuffed animals. Thus, I recorded with a video camera, inside of a barbie.


“My Story,” a short film about my life and passion for film.

However, it wasn’t until I received my first iPhone 4 in the 7th grade when I became intrigued by video. My friends and I would film music videos and funny sketches on my iPhone that I edited on any free editing app I could find. We would post these pointless short videos to Youtube and get excited when they reached a total of 5 views.

“You have never made it, with each success must come a never and more invictus goal.” — Casey Neistat

Recently, my spirit for video has been redefined. Producing short movies, allows me to express my feelings, stories, and experiences. I view it as a time capsule I am able to rewatch every day.

I have discovered a new form of filming that I am confident in, storytelling. Logistics and equipment do not fuel my passion for film. I am inspired by the format available to share stories and experiences. I love capturing the environment that surrounds me and my experiences through film. I don’t think most people realize how much video and film surrounds and affects our decisions every day.
I want to be a part of that influence.

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    Susan Webb February 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Go Bethany, good story!

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