Through the Eyes of a Child: Inside Defense Media Activity

By Natalie Snyder, age 7

(Transcribed by Mom)

Hard at work! (Courtesy photos)

My mom and dad always take me to work for “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

Not all my friends get to go, and some of them are jealous when they hear what I get to do.

My mom (Alex Snyder, social media manager for Armed With Science) and my dad (Jonathan Snyder, a video producer with All Hands Magazine) both work at Defense Media Activity (DMA). Their jobs are really cool! My dad makes really neat videos about ships and people in the Navy, and my mom writes about lots of science. She loves science.

I got to try out the green screen studio, but they didn’t make it look like I could fly.

The best thing about DMA is the studio. There’s like three. One has a big green screen with a creepy mannequin doll in it. A green screen is cool because you can put any picture you want on it. My mom’s friends that work there put a big Mona Lisa behind me because I like art. My dad says that the big screen is how they make Superman look like he’s flying, but he doesn’t come to their work to do it.

The big studio has lots of cameras, and four

This is the Navy “set.” I like the Marine set better, but don’t tell my dad.

different sections. Mom says they’re called “sets.” There’s a Navy set, a Marines set, an Air Force set, and a plain wood set that anyone can use for anything. I like the Marines set the best, but my dad likes the Navy so I didn’t tell him that.

I’m going to be an artist when I grow up, so I’m not going to do the same jobs as my mom and dad, but I could still work here. There’s artists here that make pictures on their computers! They’re really good. I have to keep practicing.

My mom took lots of pictures of me in the studios and then she made me write a book to show my class about my day. She says even though I didn’t go to school I still have to work.

I really love coming to work with my mom and dad.

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