I invented reality TV.
Long before The Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, or KUWTK (yeah, I used the initials) I was ‘filming’ reality TV in my house. As a kid I played many games of make believe. Some of my favorites included kid classics: school, office, grocery store, library, and restaurant. But those all involved having a friend playing with me to really properly set the scene.
When I was on my own I pretended I had a movie camera following me around documenting my every move. Sometimes I would talk directly to the camera (“confession cam” style) but most of the time I would just be going about my day as “they” followed me. In a significant amount of this footage I was a dance teacher. So they would follow me to my studio (aka, our playroom above the garage) and film as I choreographed or taught class. I did most of this to the Bette Midler The Divine Miss M album. If you are not familiar with this album you should be. Seriously, she truly is divine. I still have the album and listen to it regularly.
And now, for your listening pleasure, “Do You Want to Dance?”