Our 387th Dad in the Limelight is author and filmmaker Bryce Clark. I want to thank Bryce for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my reader’s knowledge)
My name is Bryce Clark, I’m originally from the Boston area but now live near Salt Lake City. I’m an author and filmmaker. I wrote and directed the movie, BEN BANKS (aka Beauty and the Least on some platforms) starring Mischa Barton. I also wrote the kids adventure novel Red Shirt Kids. More books and movies are in development.
2) Tell me about your family
I’m married to Stephanie and we have 5 children: Spenser 14, Madison 12, Parker 10, Olivia 6, Max 4.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
By far the biggest challenge is when one of my kids is saddened or feels like they don’t know what to do. My instinct is to jump in and solve the problem, to do it for them, or make it go away. Learning to let them go on their own has been hard, but I know it’s necessary for their growth.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
I feel like every family is unique and that fathers have insights into the needs of their kids. My advice would be to always remember the importance of our role and to take pride in it. Unfortunately in this day and age that’s becoming more rare. It doesn’t make us heroes or special, but it does give our children a huge advantage.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
The limelight has not shone too brightly on me, though I’ve popped up in articles here and there and my book is about to come out. What I’ve done is to make my kids a part of whatever it is I’m working on. 3 of my kids were in the movie I directed and I told my kids the stories that ended up being Red Shirt Kids. My oldest son edited the behind the scenes video for my movie.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
By their example, I’ve learned that the time you spend with your kids pays off. It’s never a waste. On the flip side, if you neglect that it can have damaging consequences. Even though I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing half the time, I take the Woody Allen adage to heart: “80% of success is showing up.”
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
I would just say that sometimes I make mistakes and say or do the wrong thing. I’ve found that owning up to that, though it may take some time, as I’m pretty stubborn, really helps to make my kids feel safe – like they can let me know without fear that no one will ever hear their side. This has been a long term learning process for me, and I’m still working on it, but I have noticed that it’s true.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
My best memories are watching my kids figure something out or create something on their own. It’s exciting to see them becoming who they will be. I can’t wait to see where it all leads!
If you have any questions for Bryce, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!
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