What's up everyone!?
I haven't posted a blog since December (oops 😬). With the coronavirus putting a halt on athletic events, I've decided to utilize my free time to make some more blog posts.
Since December, life has been busy. I'm currently in my last semester of graduate school, working on a documentary, and started a Teaching Assistantship on top of my Graduate Assistantship. Oh, and applying to jobs.
While I do my best to balance all those things equally, the documentary has been what's occupied my attention the most. There have been nights where I'm up till 2:00 a.m. editing it. Besides being the final project I need to complete in order to graduate, I'm also very passionate about the topic.
Are you familiar with athletic identity? Chances are, if you are or ever were an athlete, you've experienced it.
Athletic identity is the degree to which an individual identifies with the athlete role and looks to others for acknowledgement of that role (Brewer, Van Raalte, & Linder, 1993).
My documentary is about collegiate student-athletes and their personal stories of dealing with athletic identity. Furthermore, how have they handled the transition from athlete to an alternate identity.
Why is this topic important? Two major things to consider:
1) Athletes often commit to their athlete role so heavily in order to pursue playing professionally, they will forget or neglect to prepare a back up plan. Four to five years of college go by fast. What happens after graduation? If you're less fortunate, your athletic career can abruptly come to an end with a major injury. Then what? This can lead to isolation and even depression.
2) Athletics takes up much of an athlete's day. Practice, workout, film, games, etc. When that comes to an end, what do you fill that time with? In addition, it's difficult to fill that empty space with something of the same love and passion. Relationships are also built through the course of an athletic career. Sports is how athletes often socialize. Learning to build relationships off the field/court is an adjustment.
Creating unique, entertaining content with crazy effects is fun. But producing raw, authentic pieces that connect the fan and the athlete is what's truly rewarding for me. Every one has a story to be told, and I believe those stories unite us.
I will be releasing the film sometime between the end of this month, early April. It is currently under review by my advisor. I'm excited to share it with the world and hope it brings some light and awareness to this topic. I encourage you to subscribe to my email list to get updates and notifications regarding the film!
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