“I create experiences for people through the filter of my own experience. . . I use my own emotions as the filter through which to create.”  Kile Ozier

I’m new here in the MiceChat universe, and I know most people who will read what I write have no idea who I am. Frankly, I’m a nobody in this industry–I’m not in the industry at all.  I know a handful of people who work in the industry and I count myself extremely privileged to call them friends, and I have met another handful of others.  At this point, you may be asking yourself, who is she, and why is she even writing these articles?  Honestly, I’m not sure how it came to be that I got asked to write these. But, I know who I am, and I am an educator, which is to rather blithely state, education is my passion.  I haven’t graduated college yet (I’m a super-super-duper 34 year old math-major senior who finally decided who she wanted to be when she grew up).  But, as anyone who has a passion for something can tell you, you are what your passion is, no matter where you are on the path to get there.  All of the above is to say that I have a passion, and that passion includes education, but, more than education, it’s empowering young people to figure out what turns them on and help them go after it.

That’s part of our responsibility when we become the older generation, I think.  It is our responsibility to empower those who are younger than us so that they can empower the next, and so on.  As a citizen of my community, in my small pocket of influence, I want to inspire others to try harder than they thought they were capable of.  I want young people to take my place as my generation passes into the next stage, and they pass into their next stage, in empowering the next generation that comes after them.  It can’t stop with us and our generation, it has to keep going so that our society will adapt to new ideas as they come up.

Kile Ozier is in the “before me” generation, and has inspired me in many ways for the “after me” generation.  I’ve never met him.  I’d like to meet him, and hope that someday I will have the opportunity to shake his hand and tell him how much his words have affected me.  How the way his organic personal storytelling has made me want to try harder and be better at paying it forward, at making a difference.  How, through “the filter of [his] experience,” I have become more inspired to use my own experiences to inspire others.  I’m not an entertainer, I’m sure some people would call me entertaining, but I’m not an entertainer, and I would suspect that most of you aren’t, either.  The beauty of Kile’s words is that they aren’t only for the entertainers or producers of themed entertainment, but all of us.  We should all (I fervently hope) feel the responsibility to inspire and teach others with our experiences.  We should all take the privilege of being the bearer and bringer of our experiences to others as a great honor that someone would listen, or even respond.

In this episode of Season Pass Podcast, Kile Ozier discusses his role as a producer of themed entertainment, and his role in the industry now of sharing his knowledge and experience with others coming up behind him.  He also brings up the issue of “the elephant in the room” of human rights intolerance in the global industry, and the TEA’s, and entertainment’s in general, role in influencing global cultures in bringing cultural tolerance of all.  It’s provocative and thought provoking, and it has truly inspired me to want to be better at what I do, not just for myself, but for those I will influence.  I hope you are as touched as I am by this episode.  I have listened to it several times in preparation, and I was every bit as inspired the last time I listened as I was the first time.  Thank you, Kile, I wish I could’ve seen that rocket ship.

Just as an aside…there were a couple of acronyms and TEA related things that I was unfamiliar with, and you might be as well, so I have links (interwebs are awesome) here for your surfing pleasure.  Enjoy the waves, my friends.  Be inspired.

TEA:  Themed Entertainment Association

SATE:  Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience
Here’s info about 2014’s SATE Conference http://teasate.blogspot.com/

TEA Next-Gen Membership:

Kile’s Blog space: