Blame

Reed Bartosh was a teen I knew through his parents. He was a passionate guitar player and an otherwise quiet and compassionate kid. Through some hard times, Reed began to withdraw from his friends and school as he became ridden with anxiety. Before his parents could ever recognize it, he became addicted to drugs, starting with raiding his family’s medicine cabinet and digressing all the way to heroin. During this time he was seeing a counselor. His counselor mentioned to his parents, a suspicion they had that Reed was possibly using drugs. They immediately got him into rehab – one of the nine he would eventually go through during his 4-year plummet. His rehabs were temporary fixes but only led to more connections. He worked at a restaurant where he ran into other users as well. His mom called me on many occasions seeking help. Two of the ways I was able to try to contribute were that I was able to provide a high-level guitarist to teach Reed lessons. The other was that I sought out and identified Reed’s dealer, who was breaking every rule of ethics known to the street. He would hustle methadone clinic parking lots, initiate calls to clients like Reed and even become threatening, playing on the fact that he knew Reed would soon be sick enough to succumb to the dope again – especially after he exited these expensive rehabs. There is so much more to this story, but in 2018, just after his 19th birthday, Reed decided to kill himself. After we eventually tracked down his dealer, the dealer received 28 years in federal prison for both drug trafficking and was given partial responsibility for Reed’s death. This video tackles Reed’s story in a way that makes people root for the protagonist despite getting a glimpse of the final result in the beginning. Reed’s antagonist is presented without a face, as it represents addiction, anxiety, his drug dealer – his demon. My goal is to get this video out to a younger audience and bring a relatable story to their attention, with hopes they will take action to seek help themselves or someone they care about. Whether they struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, or teen suicide, we want to grab their attention knowing much of what is out there now is geared toward middle-aged adults. My song, “Blame” features up-and-coming rapper Lou Charle$, and tackles the question we all ask when such a tragedy occurs – Who is to blame? It is a question we may never really know, but we can certainly take a look at what we all could have done, and pass this important message and knowledge on to others with the hope we can save young lives. There are a million cool tidbits in this thing, like: –The cops in the vid are actually the ones who ultimately took down Reed’s dealer —The guitar intro and outro of the song is actually a sample I took from Reed’s iPhone after he passed (It’s him on guitar there) —Some of the “bad guys” are actually bad guys I know from my u/c days —The girl playing mom is a friend of the real mom, and whom she suggested play her. She knew Reed almost his whole life. —The kid playing Reed is actually my son…Who is the chill, ex-athlete, an extreme introvert, and a very compassionate kid – (Reed’s pre-addiction personality) —The clips used in the video (including the very end) are of Reed. —“Blame” has already been released as a stand-alone tune and can be found under the artist name (Tee Cad) on iTunes and Spotify among others In my creative endeavor to make music-based socially-relevant videos yield productive conversations between open-minded people, I also include an underprivileged kid in each project. This allows them to work in a creative environment and teach them something they may not have otherwise considered. In this vid, I utilized the services of Darian Hadley – A kid who graduated from a program here in Texas that mentors children of incarcerated or murdered parents. He aspires to be a filmmaker and plans to move to New York next spring. His story will be highlighted somewhere as well.
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Blame

Reed Bartosh was a teen I knew through his parents. He was a passionate guitar player and an otherwise quiet and compassionate kid. Through some hard times, Reed began to withdraw from his friends and school as he became ridden with anxiety. Before his parents could ever recognize it, he became addicted to drugs, starting with raiding his family’s medicine cabinet and digressing all the way to heroin. During this time he was seeing a counselor. His counselor mentioned to his parents, a suspicion they had that Reed was possibly using drugs. They immediately got him into rehab – one of the nine he would eventually go through during his 4-year plummet. His rehabs were temporary fixes but only led to more connections. He worked at a restaurant where he ran into other users as well. His mom called me on many occasions seeking help. Two of the ways I was able to try to contribute were that I was able to provide a high-level guitarist to teach Reed lessons. The other was that I sought out and identified Reed’s dealer, who was breaking every rule of ethics known to the street. He would hustle methadone clinic parking lots, initiate calls to clients like Reed and even become threatening, playing on the fact that he knew Reed would soon be sick enough to succumb to the dope again – especially after he exited these expensive rehabs. There is so much more to this story, but in 2018, just after his 19th birthday, Reed decided to kill himself. After we eventually tracked down his dealer, the dealer received 28 years in federal prison for both drug trafficking and was given partial responsibility for Reed’s death. This video tackles Reed’s story in a way that makes people root for the protagonist despite getting a glimpse of the final result in the beginning. Reed’s antagonist is presented without a face, as it represents addiction, anxiety, his drug dealer – his demon. My goal is to get this video out to a younger audience and bring a relatable story to their attention, with hopes they will take action to seek help themselves or someone they care about. Whether they struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, or teen suicide, we want to grab their attention knowing much of what is out there now is geared toward middle-aged adults. My song, “Blame” features up-and-coming rapper Lou Charle$, and tackles the question we all ask when such a tragedy occurs – Who is to blame? It is a question we may never really know, but we can certainly take a look at what we all could have done, and pass this important message and knowledge on to others with the hope we can save young lives. There are a million cool tidbits in this thing, like: –The cops in the vid are actually the ones who ultimately took down Reed’s dealer —The guitar intro and outro of the song is actually a sample I took from Reed’s iPhone after he passed (It’s him on guitar there) —Some of the “bad guys” are actually bad guys I know from my u/c days —The girl playing mom is a friend of the real mom, and whom she suggested play her. She knew Reed almost his whole life. —The kid playing Reed is actually my son…Who is the chill, ex-athlete, an extreme introvert, and a very compassionate kid – (Reed’s pre-addiction personality) —The clips used in the video (including the very end) are of Reed. —“Blame” has already been released as a stand-alone tune and can be found under the artist name (Tee Cad) on iTunes and Spotify among others In my creative endeavor to make music-based socially-relevant videos yield productive conversations between open-minded people, I also include an underprivileged kid in each project. This allows them to work in a creative environment and teach them something they may not have otherwise considered. In this vid, I utilized the services of Darian Hadley – A kid who graduated from a program here in Texas that mentors children of incarcerated or murdered parents. He aspires to be a filmmaker and plans to move to New York next spring. His story will be highlighted somewhere as well.
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