Crossing The Recreation Path On Reality TV

At one point, a producer looked at me and said, “Can you work safety?” I had no idea what that meant, but I assumed it was more fun than pulling out rusty nails from molding that I was doing. “Sure, I can work safety!”

Within 30 seconds of donning my fluorescent-orange safety vest, people looked at me with complete respect. Just for fun I walked past a group of volunteers, saying “Step back, please,” and they moved! Wow! For the next three hours I made sure only “approved” volunteers were allowed into the new house. I also controlled when skip-loaders entered the designated work area. Heck! I even told the stars of the show, Paige and Michael, where they could walk. All because of an orange vest!

Lesson learned:

Wearing a simple uniform can give you an undeserved sense of power. Don’t underestimate the power of a recreation professional!

Silvana Clark has over 20 years experience helping thousands of children create arts and crafts projects. She presents keynotes and workshops on a variety of recreation-related subjects. She can be reached at (615) 662-7432 or via e-mail at silvanac@msn.com.

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