When I say the words “Origin story”, it reminds me of my childhood. My childhood was filled with countless nights stowed away in bed with a flashlight and a large number of vintage comic books. These comic books were given to me by my father, and I’m sure there are some days he still kicks himself for handing me those. I’m sure there are other days he considers it one of the best things he ever did. I know it taught me to read better than any other kid my age, but I digress.
My favorite comics were the Origin Stories of the best heroes: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow…the list goes on (in case you didn’t notice, I’m a DC fanboy). The term, and the idea of an Origin Story stuck with me and it’s important that I capture that story for anything I do.
Thusly, I’d like to take ten minutes and write down the origin story of Kids Fun Channel. I hope at the end of this that you understand why I’m doing what I’m doing, and why this won’t end anytime soon.
I am at best, a cautious entrepreneur; at worst, a less-than-successful entrepreneur. Either way, after the birth of my first child and the difficulties that follow (if you’ve had children…and since you’re here I assume you have, then you know what I mean), I decided that it was time to strike out on my own and become “successful”. What that means, I’m still not sure.
What I do know, is that I’ve always enjoyed teaching people. As a result of my being (surprisingly to my friends) an incredibly introverted individual, I usually enjoy a method of teaching that involves only one person at a time. I simply don’t want to stand up and speak to a group in order to teach. It’s not all due to my introversion and personal anxiety, it’s also because I find the experience of one person learning to be the most rewarding. I’ve done the 30 people presentations and it just never feels as genuine as a one-on-one session. Either way, I enjoy when something I’ve taught sticks with another person and it’s clear just how happy they are they’ve learned a new skill/tactic/whatever.
Add this will to teach to the impact of my son. My little man is the world to me and as I write this he nears the ripe old age of three. He nears three with the will of his father to learn, and I see the incredible spark of intelligence that I used to have (again, if you’ve had children then you know just how hard it is to stay intelligent at all). Even as we send him to a preschool at the age of two, my wife and I can just see how much more he wants to experience and grow.
Now, he wants to learn…but he really wants to play with cars, monster trucks, school buses, and as he calls them, diggers (excavators, dump trucks, etc.). From the age of one, he loved watching hours of videos of animated monster trucks, cars, etc.. He also loved watching the educational videos, as that usually meant I watched with him and helped him learn, but he almost always asked to start a YouTube session with “Monta Fwucks”.
From there, it was just natural for a website designer with over 15 years of video production experience to try to build content that his son would come to love. It took me over ten hours of effort, but I finally produced my first animated video. Here it is (I actually had the acceleration down…something I lost in my next 20 or so videos):
I showed my son the very next morning (I had kept myself up until nearly 2am to build this). I was so proud! I had done it and I knew he was going to love it….
Let’s just say he asked for “Monta Fwucks” immediately after seeing it, not exactly a resounding success. It didn’t matter. I knew I was onto something that I wanted to do and I also knew that someday I would make something he would watch with me. I knew I could contribute to his learning and development in a different way than most parents. I knew I had to go on. Kids Fun Channel’s Origin Story was written.
Thanks for reading,