Teen with facial difference shares story in Red Button doc I CBC Kids News

Teen with facial difference shares story in Red Button doc I CBC Kids News


♪ [upbeat] [cheering, clapping] ♪ [melodic] Hi, my name is Taryn.
I’m 17 years old, and I directed
a documentary about myself. [beep] So, day one began
on my birthday, funny enough. We had our um,
what would you call it– training session, so,
we had an iPhone, a tripod, and a microphone set up. There, I had the camera
for about four weeks. I just took it
everywhere with me. So, I filmed what I want,
when I wanted to. Um, I just, like, filmed
different aspects of my life. So, I filmed going to the farm,
picking up a pumpkin, to going to work
at the Rock Wall, or having a competitive
dance rehearsal at the studio. It was just like,
all these aspects of my life that came together. ♪ ♪ It’s literally,
one in a million, and I just happen to be,
one in a million. Just, won’t come
down–[indiscernible] So specifically, um, my ears,
obviously, as well as my chin, and cheekbones, and I–
specifically, with that, my chin is pushed back a lot,
I actually have no cheekbones, and my eyes
are slanted downward.You know, I’ve had kids ask me,
“why do you look different?”
Kids will be kids.
Kids are curious,
and I don’t like it at all,
but I’ll just say,
I look a little bit
different than you, but I don’t
act differently. It’s just the way
that I was born. [beep] Facial difference
is not an illness. It’s one of the big things
I want people to know. [emotional] Because being looked
at as different, it doesn’t feel good.
I don’t know why I’m crying. Seeing it all come together
was just so amazing and it turned out far better
than I could have expected. The final reveal
was just, like, amazing. I don’t post on Instagram often.
It’s hard to take selfies. I like this one. That was last year,
on my birthday. ♪ ♪ That was just,
so great. I felt like it was, like,
my story, completely. ♪ ♪

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