Member of the Month: Sean Post

Here is the latest “Inside the SCATV studio,” a monthly blog post highlighting our members and who they are! There is a set series of 10 questions they answer. This month, we hear from Sean Post, Community Facilitator at Teen Empowerment. Learn more about Sean below in his interview with SCATV! Get a sneak peak of his interview below.

1. Who are you and what do you do? I mostly just hang out with teens and make sarcastic jokes as they change the world through powerful, authentic filmmaking. It blows me away every day.

2. What was the ​most interesting non-paid job you’ve had?
 ​I carried the Chilean brand of Kool Aid (shoutout Zuko, please sponsor me) across a Glacier for 45 days once. The pay wasn’t great.

3. Where is your favorite place to retreat for mental or physical health? Any good idea I’ve ever had has come from walking my pooch Mojo, or sweating it out in the sauna at Brooklyn Boulders. But when in doubt I mostly just strive to be Patty Contente.

4. Who were your early creative mentors or source for inspiration? ​When it comes to my work now, I think back to being a youth at Teen Empowerment and having Danny, Marlon, and Amanda leading our team. I learned that vulnerability and truth are powerful creative tools. Also, work that challenges assumptions and the status quo is the best inspiration there is. Any creative work can be improved by asking “Why” one more time.

5. How do you get past creative roadblocks?

Most of my roadblocks come from deadlines, working with teams, and having too little time. I love Tim Ferriss, and a simple 80/20 reflection is my go to exercise.

What 20% of sources are creating 80% of my problems and unhappiness?
What 20% of sources are resulting in 80% or my desired outcomes & happiness?
The answer to those questions usually gets me back into the right headspace to make powerful content.

6. How has SCATV/BFR been a positive influence in your creative media career? ​I have no business making media. The amazing youth media team I get to work with has no business making media. We’re just a couple bums off the street. But for every weird idea we’ve had, SCATV has helped us turn it into a reality. Whether it was PSA’s for our mental health ambassadors, or freezing cold interviews on Tufts campus for our current episode, SCATV has provided us with the tools and resources to get it done. And they’ve done it happily, which I still don’t completely understand, (have you all found the secret to true enlightenment on earth?), but I’m so grateful for it.

7. What is your favorite music album? ​I have a fully written rap cover of ‘My Shot’ from Hamilton even though I haven’t performed anything in about 8 years and have no plans to. So that’s up there. I still cry during “It’s Quiet Uptown” everytime.

8. If you could have entrance music, what would it be? Killa Cam- Cam’Ron
Or some of that fire from the Moana soundtrack.

9. What’s your favorite spot in Somerville to hangout or visit? There is no better feeling in life than walking straight past the giant line at Ball Square Cafe every Saturday morning in my sweatpants and picking up extra-chocolate-chip pancakes to go.

10. In 140 characters or less, how would you pitch your show or who you are?
I get awards like member of the month for coming into work and watching one of the most passionate groups of youth I’ve ever seen put their hearts into movie-making and community change. They’ve pushed me way past my comfort zone and I’m grateful for that.