We are excited to welcome Ethan to Channel 44 as our youngest on-air program maker. 15-year-old Ethan has created a brand new series titled Off the Couch With Ethan. His show aims to get other teenagers and their families off the couch and out and about, visiting some of the amazing natural wonders that Australia has to offer. We had the opportunity to chat with Ethan about his show, his ambitions and advice for other program makers.
What inspired you to get into video production at such a young age?
I’ve always been interested in video production – even when I was a little boy I loved making movies on our old videotape camera! I guess video production is such an amazing and universal way to get your content out to the world. I am passionate about travelling and want to inspire teenagers and their families to get off the couch and into the great outdoors, and what better way to do that than by showcasing some stunning places through video production! So really, I was inspired to have a voice, an opinion and showcase what I think is an important issue.
What influenced you to get off the couch, into the outdoors and create this show?
Technology is a fantastic thing. Heck, if it wasn’t for technology I couldn’t be showing my content through Channel 44, but sometimes I believe we are all a little guilty of over-using our technology. By getting off the couch and into the great outdoors, you really do reconnect with nature. You really do enjoy the beauty and spectacularity that South Australia has to offer. When you’re outdoors away from your technology, teenagers can re-connect with their families by participating in some awesome activities, seeing some amazing sights and just sitting around a campfire. There’s no better way to spend some quality time with your family!
If someone was looking to create content, what advice would you give them?
Just do it! I’ve been inspired by so many things, but one thing I’ve always been inspired by is the Nike slogan: “Just do it.” If anyone out there is thinking about creating content, whether it be video production, artwork, photography – anything really, instead of just thinking about it get out there and do it! There are plenty of opportunities, like Channel 44, that can promote your content, whatever it may be!
If you love camping-based travel shows or are interested in following Ethan’s journey, be sure to check out this brand new series!