Today on set we were joined by a seven year old girl (who, incidentally, they asked me to stand in for which was amusing to me since i’m pretty sure i’m not turning anywhere near seven when my birthday hits next week) who had wide eyes and questioned everything with them. Although she hit her marks and smiled on queue, in between takes she asked about everything around to anyone who would listen.
Instead of hushing her, the crew indulged her; answering her questions, letting her look through cameras and explaining the process. I thought how lucky she was not because of the attention she received but because of the information. As an adult, if I did what she did, I would be seen as an annoyance and a bad-worker.
I wonder when we cross the line from rewarding curiosity to punishing it and I wonder how I can cross back.