I've always loved stories - delicate pages filled with captivating characters, songs that transport me to far off places, and if we're being totally honest here, even the occasional sappy commercial. There's just something so powerful about the art of storytelling. As an adult, there can be so many hindrances to really engaging in a story. But kids have a way of connecting and diving in without reservation. I've always admired that about children, and it may in fact be a portion of the reason why I've ended up as a recurring character on the Real Nannies of Orlando over the past few years. (Okay, not really. But if that were a real thing it would totally be true.) Kids are smart, and creative, and aren't afraid to look silly, and I love that.
When I heard Josh was working on a children's album, I kind of freaked out. He's a super talented songwriter. And if I'm being real, quality music seems to be an afterthought in a lot of kids' entertainment these days. I listened to some of the stuff he was producing and was immediately hooked! I'm pretty sure I didn't leave a conversation with him in those next few months without him knowing that I was officially obsessed with Sugarcrash Kids. So when he told me what he had been working on with Jeremiah, and approached me about being a part of the podcast, I didn't have to think twice! I was so pumped for the opportunity, but was honestly a little intimidated. I have a background in theatre and have dabbled in music, but hadn't done much with either in a while and was pretty lacking in the self-confidence department. Overall, these guys were really taking a gamble on me, and I knew that.
When the three of us sat down to write our first episode, there was an instant chemistry. We all worked really well together and seemed to have a natural rhythm which was very encouraging! We could tell something truly special had been born. Little by little, I've felt the creative energy I had been stifling for so long being pulled out of me through our stories and songs. Josh and Jeremiah welcome my input and ideas, and honestly, our writing and recording sessions are just fun!
Over the course of the last eight months, we've spent many hours and late nights dreaming up characters and writing stories that kids can relate to and engage with. We want to use storytelling of all kinds to inspire kids' creativity, invite them into conversation about the world around them, and to have the best time ever along the way. It's amazing watching these things come to life. The three of us have a little joke that if I'm on the brink of tears when we're working on an episode, we know we're on the right track. There have been lots of near weepy moments this past year, but I can't help it! It's because in those moments, I get a tiny glimpse of how special it is for children to realize that they can dream, be a good friend, make great decisions, and are capable of incredible things.
Now, not only do I get to tell stories, but I also get to be part of a really special one! I've learned and grown so much as a part of this in the last eight months. Sugarcrash Kids has helped me become more myself than I've ever been before, and my hope is that through it, kids everywhere can grow and learn and become more themselves as well. The story of Sugarcrash Kids is just unfolding and I'm honored to play a part in it. Will you?
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-Robyn the Bird