Written by: Jenny with Britt from 'The Rocket + Teresa Show' on Mix 93.3
All of us on the air at Mix 93.3 have been here for a long time. When you find a station you love and a city that makes you happy... you just stay. We're a small group and there really haven't been too many changes until 2016. Ponch went on to do bigger things. Several new members were added to the morning show. One of those new voices/faces is a 20-something named Brittany, 'Britt' for short.
I. Love. This. Girl.
On the outside, she's beautiful. A total natural beauty who I'm not even sure realizes how pretty she is. On the inside, she is made up of SWEET. Just kind. Genuine. Awkward. Silly. Goofy. Innocent. Sweetness. She's the real deal.
Because she is so precious, I just absolutely can't believe that another human being could ever be mean to her. It seems impossible. But, as we all know, bullies exist and once they took aim at Britt, they never stopped.
I sat down with her today and we talked for a long time about that incredibly hard season of her life.
So, where did you grow up?
I grew up and still live in Louisburg, Kansas. About an hour away from the radio station in Westport.
What time do you wake up in the morning to get here on time?
I have to wake up by 4am. 4:11 is the absolute latest.
I love that it's '4:11'. A typical, random Britt answer! So, how do you like radio so far?
It is the most fun I've ever had. It's still surreal to me that I'm actually here... doing this. It's such a cool opportunity and I am extremely grateful. The Mix crew is a lot of fun and I just appreciate being a part of it.
I've so enjoyed getting to know you over the past few months. One thing that has come up a few times is the fact that you were severely bullied growing up. The fact that it has come up more than once tells me that it affected you deeply and shaped the person you are today. Talk about that.
Yes. In elementary school, I was a little bit overweight. I had a group of friends and we'd play at recess. One day, the girls got together without me and decided that I was too fat to be in their group. They came up to me and told me their decision.
That had to be soul crushing. How did you react?
I kept to myself. I started drawing. I listened to music a lot. My parents got a divorce around that same time, so my home life was rocky and school was definitely no better. Things escalated. Classmates actually came up to my face and told me I should kill myself because I was so fat (which, in reality, I was slightly overweight but not obese by any stretch). They also started rumors that I was pregnant (which, I was not). That made boys want to avoid me. Girls started the rumor that I was a lesbian.
What was the lowest point you can recall?
Eating my lunch alone in the bathroom.
That brings tears to my eyes. Heartbreaking. How old were you at that time?
It started in about 5th grade and continued until my junior year of high school. The only reason it stopped is because I moved to another state.
Where did you go?
So, a fresh start. What was that like?
Scary at first. I went from a school of 400 to a school of 2,000. But, it was a relief. I was 'me' and I was finally accepted for who I was. I joined theater and connected with a whole group of people who were just like me. I finally fit in!
What is your message to other girls and boys who are being bullied right now?
Stand up for yourself immediately. Do not let it continue. Telling adults about it doesn't always work. But, do it anyway because the RIGHT adult will come to your rescue and try to help fix the situation -- or get you away from the people who are hurting you. You have to be open and honest to parents, siblings and teachers. They can't help you if you don't speak up.
Also, where you are is not where you'll be in a few years. You're in a moment. It will pass. Pain is temporary. Happiness is a choice. Don't let others make your decision.
Know that words are just that. Words. All you can do is rise above it and 'provide fire' for your friends. A teacher once taught me about 'fire provide' -- the idea of sharing brightness with everyone to bring out their best qualities and to never take someone else's fire.
Your message to the kids who were so nasty to you?
Honestly, if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be the person I am today. They taught me that good things don't come easily. They also taught me the importance of respect, treating others the way you want to be treated and self-love.
Has anyone ever apologized to you?
What do you think can be done about the bullying epidemic?
Social media makes it so easy for bullies. There's a lot of bravery behind a keyboard. A message we need to get out to kids is that they should never take anything on social media personally. Ever.
Kids need to know that if something directed toward them on social media is hurtful -- or if they see something hurtful toward someone they know -- they need to alert their parents or an adult they trust.
So, you finished high school in Wisconsin on a much better note than when you started. What did you do after that? How'd you end up in KC?
I came back here to go to college. I got a degree in animation and game design.
What's your dream job?
To be a voice actor! I figured getting into radio was a good starting point.
Now let's just have a little fun:
Favorite thing to do in Kansas City: Royals games! I am obsessed with the Royals!
Favorite Royals player: Hosmer. Love me some Hosmer!
Looking?: Sure! (Side note from Jenny: Um, Hoz... ya single?? Or, Dave O. -- I mean, he is a huge Royals fan... just sayin')
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite drink: Water. I don't drink alcohol.
Favorite movie: Mars Attacks tied with Aladdin
Favorite current song on Mix: I love The Weeknd 'I Feel it Coming' and Zayn and Taylor Swift 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever'
Celebrity crush?: Eddie Redmayne
You're adorable. I love you to pieces, Britt!
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