“It was the biggest thing that ever happened to me, and I didn’t even know it,” said Kristin Beck, who grew up with a K-1 parent.
“I was really struggling to get my mom to work on the computers.
She didn’t want to work.
At the age of 19, she got her first job with the company that was her parents’ company. “
The family moved to California when Beck was 11.
At the age of 19, she got her first job with the company that was her parents’ company.
She says she was an intern there for a few years, but left after two years.
“The whole idea of going to school and having a job and having to work really hard, you know, it was so foreign to me.” “
It felt like a bubble,” she said.
“The whole idea of going to school and having a job and having to work really hard, you know, it was so foreign to me.”
She was soon working as a translator for a major film company.
“When I moved to Los Angeles and started to work with that company, I didn, like, know what I was doing, and they didn’t,” she recalled.
“They were like, this is not your career.
This is not what you want to be doing.
And so I was just like, okay, I’ll just leave.
It was a lot of work.”
When she left, Beck was living in her mom’s house with her sister and a friend.
She worked at the local coffee shop, but didn’t have much money.
She and her sister decided to go to school for a degree.
“My mom was like I’m going to make it in the world,” Beck said.
And she did.
She went on to study business management at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a master’s degree in public policy and a doctorate in international affairs.
“At that time, I had a good job, and so I had nothing to complain about,” Beck, now 32, said.
She also completed a master of science degree in social work at San Diego State University.
“Now I have a great job, I’m making $130,000 a year,” she added.
But her mother, who also works at the coffee shop and works in marketing, was not so lucky.
“She had to take time off and go back to the States,” Beck recalled.
She returned to California and then to New Jersey.
Beck said she spent years trying to reconnect with her parents, who she said had become distant.
“In a lot and in some ways, they were just like a bunch of weirdos that didn’t talk to me at all,” she explained.
“And that’s when I decided I would do this.
I just thought, you’ve gotta help.”
And so, Beck and her family set out to build a life of their own, one that would allow her to take on more responsibilities in her own life.
“People would be like, I love you, but you’re just not a good mom,” she remembered.
“That was really hard for me to say.
And, you don’t know, what would happen if I was a mom?
What would happen?
I mean, I really had a hard time coming up with that kind of scenario.”
They wanted to do things that would help her find a fulfilling life.
They began to take her to art galleries, restaurants, museums, and even to movie theaters to see the movies they liked.
They also began working on their own projects.
“We started out as a mom team, working on our own things,” Beck explained.
They went to film festivals to see “The Hunger Games” and “Pitch Perfect,” but they also spent time making video games.
Eventually, Beck began teaching herself coding.
She’s now a game designer, working for companies like EA and Epic Games.
But, she says, “The biggest thing was, I could finally do something.
And that’s what I really wanted to be, a mom.”
She also has her own business, which is now a nonprofit.
She said she’s received some positive feedback from her daughter’s parents.
“For them, they said, ‘You’re a great mom,’ ” she said, “and I’m like, yeah, yeah.
I know you’re not the most outgoing, but I think I’m doing the right thing.
I think you’re doing what’s best for you.”
“Kindergartners” returns to NBC in October.