Turn Beauty Inside Out 2005

Monday, April 18, 2005

Tamela (age 16) with her new mirror.
Originally uploaded by TBIO.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Magic Mirrors homemade by ME!

When I was asked to decorate a mirror any way I wanted (writing or painting on a wood block with a mirror in the middle), I had no clue what to think. The next thing I knew, the room went from a bunch of quiet girls to girls cracking up! I got about 20 ideas in my head. Some people were thinking of writing words around their mirrors about what they like about themselves.

As I was looking at people’s mirrors, I felt thought, “You know, this is the first time I don’t feel any pressure from the people around me”—and I think that’s what they wanted us to do, to feel no pressure and to do what we feel like doing. When I was done I could see myself in my mirror, and I think everyone else could, too.
Haley, 11

I liked painting my magic mirror. One thing I liked about it was that you were allowed to do anything that makes you happy, and it really didn’t matter how you decorated your mirror, because nobody was allowed to judge them.

I really thought that it was a good way to get the idea across to girls that how you look doesn’t matter. When I get sad about myself, I’ll look in my magic mirror and know that my body is OK, that this is the way I was made, and that I need to be happy!
Natalie C., 9

Your next NEW TV show is...

I just went to a session about how to develop and pitch TV ideas for girl-friendly programming. We talked about what TV characters we admired and why. We also talked about what we don’t like about some female characters. Ask yourself: are you represented in TV shows that are supposed to be about YOUR LIVES?

We got the chance to look at the TV development slate for 2005 (summaries of the new shows networks plan to air). THEN we got to write our own pitch for a TV show for girls.

Some things we thought about as we developed our pitches were:
1) what’s a little known fact about your character?
2) One great way to ensure you have a good grip on your character is to imagine her in a variety of everyday situations (like missing the bus or ordering lunch) and think about how she would react in that situation.
3) What is the setting for your show?
4) What type of show is it? (For example, is it a drama or a sitcom?)
5) What other main characters are in the show?
6) What is the twist of the show? (For example, what makes it different from what’s already on TV?)

We also talked about what’s in a pitch—a logline, which is a summary in just once sentence; a more in depth summary that gives a good idea of the story; summaries of all the characters; and five ideas for episodes.


Writers in Hollywood

I loved the panel where we got to talk to real television and magazine writers. I learned a lot about how there really are people in the industry trying to put the truth in their shows or magazines.

However, there are also people who fear that the truth on sensitive subjects like eating disorders can cause girls to try that technique to help them lose weight or feel better about themselves.

The panelists expressed that we can influence what editors print in their magazines by writing to them. You can also write to television networks and ask them for more shows about real girls. People are trying to make a difference, and your contribution would be very helpful!
Caitlin, 10