Television has become an important device in American households. From spending evenings watching a favorite comedy series to crowding your family into the living room to enjoy a movie together on a Saturday night, Television has been an influential aspect in many people’s lives. A television set brings news, humor, action, drama, and adventure into a household, and people can learn about the latest political debate or be thrust into the latest sci-fi series all from the comforts of home. TV has also contributed to people’s careers, as many jobs are created through television through different TV series and the media.
Different television series impact people differently. While one person may be drawn to the competitiveness and awe of the talent displayed in shows like Dancing with the Stars, The X-Factor, and American Idol, another viewer may be drawn towards the action and adventure featured in shows like Arrow, Supernatural, and Star-crossed.
One television show that has inspired my academic career was the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series started when I was in middle school, and now that I’m a senior in high school I continue to watch it to this day. I watched the show from day one, and I remember racing home from getting ice cream at the beach with my friend, dashing into the living room, and sitting down on the couch to watch the series premiere. Now that I’m eighteen years old, nothing has changed. I still eagerly pull out my DVDs of The Clone Wars and enjoy watching the show with my family.
I was impacted by the show for more reasons than one. The primary reason was because it was Star Wars. My family is comprised of sci-fi fans, and Star Wars has always brought my family together. The Clone Wars was unique because it was a show that aired on a children’s channel, yet it appealed to people of all ages. The series was phenomenal, and I was constantly interested in the writing, animation style, and the show’s score. I continued to be a regular viewer, and after watching the show for years I was able to meet a few of the voice actors from the series.
In 2012 at an event called Star Wars Weekends, I met Daniel Logan, Ashley Eckstein, and Dee Bradley Baker who are voice actors in the Clone Wars series. Baker shared his passion for voice acting, and answered a few of my questions about his role on the show. Eckstein talked with me about the company she was in the process of launching, which has evolved into a popular clothing line for female Star Wars fans. Daniel Logan played the character of Boba Fett, and appeared during the series finale of the second season. When I was talking to Daniel Logan at the event and asking him questions, he made a comment about how I had the traits of a journalist, which really set the ball rolling.
I’ve always loved to write. In elementary school I won a writer’s award in “recognition of outstanding performance in creative writing.” My love for writing has blossomed in the years that followed; the story I wrote about receiving a box full of yapping puppies in elementary was a springboard. After talking to Daniel Logan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars I continued to pursue my passion for writing with a personal blog, and started to look into the journalism field. When High school opened up the world of journalism, and now I write for Tb-Two* a student newspaper that’s published weekly by the Tampa Bay Times.
Since Star Wars Weekends in 2012, I’ve had the opportunity to write for a few different websites including Eckstein’s website HerUniverse.com, where I’ve been a contributor to her campaign Year of the Fangirl, and at www.starwarsunderworld.com, where I regularly write articles for the website.
Now, I’m starting college in the fall and am majoring in Communications, with the desire to pursue a graduate degree in Public Relations. I hope to intern at different newspaper offices in college, and after I graduate I want to continue writing for different websites and get a job at a newspaper. I also want to get involved with entertainment public relations, and eventually promote and represent a company that I can be passionate about representing.
TV and different television shows have a unique way of inspiring people, and I’m thankful that I found my niche through Star Wars: The Clone Wars.