Kindergarten assignments aren’t perfect: Crayons run outside the lines, fingers are glued together — mistakes are made.
But we’re in the digital age now, and school assignments are more complex than a 24-pack of Crayola crayons and Elmer’s glue.
Six-year-old Carden Corts’s “March assignment” was simple: He was to have his parents film him “doing the weather,” and with that, Nashville’s newest meteorologist was born.
“They had some suggestions on how to have fun with it,” said Carden’s father, Charlie Corts, “but of course, as soon as I saw the assignment, I thought, ‘I’ve been waiting my whole life for this moment.’”
Corts is the head of operations for Rated Red, a digital video network based in Nashville.
“I’m not an actual meteorologist, but I do know my sight words,” said Carden at the top of the video, which has more than 750,000 views on YouTube alone. (Sight words, his father informed, are words that every kindergartner should be able to recognize by sight.)
The video features Carden, sporting a Waverly Belmont Elementary School T-shirt and a blazer borrowed from one of his father’s female co-workers, having about as much fun as a kid can have in front of a green screen.
“He asked me if he could shake his booty in the video, so I said, ‘Sure, if you want to,'” said his father.
Carden “reports” from the “scene” of a hurricane, a tornado and downtown Nashville.
One of the things Corts said he loves about the video is how it captures his son’s unique personality.
“He has always been a very spirited child and, you know, he’s a 6-year-old. He’s silly,” he said. “He really is a sweet kid.”
Carden’s weather report took about 10 minutes to shoot. Corts told his son what to say, and Carden repeated it back to him and the camera.
“He really went for it,” said Corts.
Although he has received offers from local — and national — TV stations for an early broadcast career start, Carden says he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. He loves Pokémon cards and playing basketball.
Corts, 36, thought his eldest son’s class would get a kick out of the video — he said that was his main goal. Secondarily, he thought, maybe his friends and family would think it’s funny.
It wasn’t until Corts’s younger brother, Tommy, posted the video to Reddit, and Corts himself posted the video to YouTube, that it started to take off.
Like other parents who see their children reach viral stardom before hitting their teenage years, Corts said he never expected this kind of reaction.
“As long as Carden’s happy and having a good time with it — I think it’s been great for us,” he said.
Carden lives with his dad, his mother, Abby, and two younger brothers in the 12 South neighborhood in Nashville.