When I Grow Up

  • Reviewing the scene with four children acting to orchestrated cues.

A Tedshots original short film about growing up, living your dreams and always remaining a child.

Shot on location at the Do Lab’s Lightning in a Bottle Festival.


Writer, Director & Editor – Teddy Saunders
Sound – Tyler Payne
Hair & Makeup – Paola Baldion
Lighting – Chris Correa
Original Music Score – Alysia Michelle James

(in order of age and appearance)
Rane D’Angora
Colm Barton
Henrique Saltias
Esmay Deltak
Sasha Wike
Jack Nelson
Julian Tompkins
John John Tompkins
Ian Cook
Marcus Burkes-Nossiter
Langston Bealum
Cassandra Phillips
Angelo Rocco
Jessica Eve
Audrey Egan
Camille Young
Elizabeth Lizbits Fraley
Jill Evyn
Paola Baldion
William Jackmore
Amae Love
Jarrett Worley
Aileen Lawlor
Terry Amard
Travis Gonzales
Megan Gazzo
Evan Carroll
Emily Burkes-Nossiter
Mimi Gibbon
Bill Gilman
Lynn Drilling
Briana Chaney
Jahn Whitfield
Gigi Nomensen
Gregg Fleishman
Dr. Solar


Special Thanks to:
Anja Indirani
Ceci Castelblanco
Hannah Mooney
Kamala Mathis
Monica Dangerpants
The LIB Staff
The LIB Volunteers


When I grow up.
I want to live my dreams.
Dreams that I dream when I’m awake.
Dreams that I know that I can make.

When I grow up.
I want to be a doctor.
So I can save your life one day.
And make you awake so you can play.

When I grow up.
I want to be tall so all can see.
I want to talk clear so all can hear.
I want to be me so you can be you.
When I grow up I want to be true.

I want to be new.
So shiny and bright.
So sparkly it will bring day to your night.

When I grow up.
I want to inspire.
And learn how to spin, like I was on fire.
Twirling and whirling so bright and so free.
When I grow up I want to be me.

Now I’m grown up.
And I’ve seen many things.
I’ve been many mees and crossed many seas.

But now I’m grown up.
There’s one thing that I know.
I’ll never grow up.
Cause I’ll never let go.

Of when I was a kid.
And I played and I played.
And and I looked up to others.
Because they knew their ways.

Now as I look back.
As to who I am now.
I lift up my chin.
I lift it up proud.

Cause I have spent time.
And gone many miles.
But as I look back.
I remain a child.

With so much to learn and more to explore.
One day I’ll grow up.
But now I want more.

One day I’ll grow up.
Or maybe I won’t.

Because grown ups are dumb.
So today I’ll be young.

Written by Teddy Saunders

All video content and written story © Tedshots Productions