Updated: June 01, 2021 10:55 AM
Created: May 26, 2021 06:31 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — While some 13-year-old boys are occupied playing video games or hanging out at the mall with friends, News10NBC’s Jenny Ly had the opportunity to meet one young teenager who is already taking on big responsibilities. It's something not many young teenagers get to do, let alone many adults.
Malachi Kuhn isn't your average 13-year-old. He managed to land himself a job on a movie set currently in production as a still photographer. The Wayne Central Middle School seventh grade student happened to meet a casting director while out with his mother, and the casting director noticed a camera around his neck – something he never goes anywhere without.
“Photography is my passion. I love taking pictures and capturing every moment that I have with my camera,” Kuhn said.
When presented with an opportunity to be a movie set photographer for the film, “Ask me to Dance,” the teenager didn't hesitate to capitalize on his passion. He went to his parents and school guidance counselor, Shari Stone-Fredericks, and took charge.
“I jumped right on the opportunity. I was not expecting it. When she [casting director] told me about it, I was super happy,” Kuhn said.
Stone-Fredericks, who is a school counselor at Wayne Central Middle School, and works with students like Malachi and noticed him right away.
“I immediately saw this spark with him. I could sense this enthusiasm in him,” Stone-Fredericks said.
“What sets Malachi apart is that he is able to have the drive, the internal motivation and the strength to just want to do more. He knows to think a little bit deeper, to try a little bit harder. He's really good at finding balance. I know even as an adult that's one of the things that I work on,” she said.
Kuhn hopes to set an example with his drive and inspire his peers to follow their passion regardless of where they start or come from.
“I want to show the other kids that your age doesn't define your skill level or your character. It doesn't really matter. You can do things that adults are doing when you're a kid,” Kuhn said.
When the 13-year-old isn't busy on set as a photographer and a full-time student, he is playing in basketball tournaments or making a podcast and documentary for his school. In addition to his passion for photography, he plans on pursuing a future in coding or cybersecurity. To see Malachi Kuhn’s photography work, you can visit his website.
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