When I was about 6 or 7 years of age, my mom worked at a local UHF TV station in Philadelphia, channel 48 for a few years. This was in the late '60s early '70s. (The station left the air in the early '80s.) She was a TV host of a variety talk show, which broadcast - live! She would take me to work with her where I'd get to witness the whole production.
The station had lots of kid's shows and yes - I was on a couple of them. But what really excited me was the cameras! I used to get behind these massive cameras and "aim" them. The camera guys would always let me play with these 3 tubed RGB cameras when they weren't shooting a live set, And I fell in love! I had such a blast focusing on things, framing and following subjects, and even once or twice help operate a camera during a live shoot, of course with the help of a real professional camera op.
Well, it stuck! All I ever wanted to do was be a camera operator/photographer. Except for that brief moment in 4th grade, I wanted to be an astronaut. Fast forward some 40 plus years, I've been a professional photographer/film maker/videographer/visual communicator my whole life. It's been a great journey, meeting some extraordinary people and taking me to exotic locations around the world - and I'm still going strong!