POWER USER Q&A: Tommie Michelle Rocha and son, Lennon

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Tommie, a salon owner and makeup artist whose salon closed during the COVID-19 shutdown, and her four-year-old son, Lennon, were looking for ways to entertain themselves during the COVID-19 quarantine and turned to their imaginations. They started with Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, and pretended that they were on trips to space, Costa Rica, that they were musicians and other occupations. Lennon also enjoyed sharing and talking with other kids over social media. Moms would reach to them and ask about how they organized their fun sessions. At one point, they were introduced to Symposium. Together, Tommie and Lennon started doing Kid2Kid Talk on Symposium, during which kids hang out with Lennon and Tommie to cover such topics as COVID and how it is affecting their lives, school, and playtime. Other moms can learn the new ways Tommie is keeping the magic alive while managing to stay sane with a very active preschooler. She also offers a one-to-one makeup session. Tommie is in the power user spotlight as we get to know him better.

  • What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Tommie: Kind hearted, creative, and funny

  • And Lennon?

Tommie: Rambunctious, entertaining, and sweet-hearted

  • What is the main COVID-19 related issue affecting kids?

Tommie: The number-one issue is loss of human connection. Lennon understood the need to be safe and to avoid getting sick, but the virus and quarantine took their toll on him. He missed the connection with other kids, not seeing them in person.

  • What’s the best advice you’ve received on COVID and quarantining?

Tommie: The best thing I learned from the other mothers is that we’re not alone. I also learned that it doesn’t make you a bad mom if you give your kid extra screen time or let him eat too much junk food one day.

  • What is your best advice for looking good online?

Tommie: To look good online, it’s all about the lighting. You need to be in front of a lit window. When I do someone’s makeup, I always do it in front of a window to see how she looks in natural lighting. The same is true for online appearances. You may also want to buy a glam light. Even a lamp without the shade is better than an overhead light.

  • What advice would you give other Symposium users?

Tommie: I would tell other Symposium users to go at their own pace. They do not have to feel that they have to post every day. You can use Symposium as best fits your schedule and lifestyle.