Is It Hard For God To Be Part Of Your Life If You Are In The Movie Industry?
Is it hard for God to be part of your life if you are in the movie industry?
I get asked that question a lot.
Personally, I don’t know how anyone in the movie industry can survive without God.
Recently, I was talking to an actress, who, like me had been in the movie industry for many years. We were talking about actors and actresses we knew who were incredibly successful – they were household names, worth millions – and they lost it all. Some had even passed away.
I asked her what she thought led to the ruin of their careers and their lives. She thought about it for a moment, then said, “I think they were missing a spiritual component in their lives.”
I think she was right. I don’t know how someone finds true happiness, true balance in life, if you don’t have God in your life. Awards and money are transactional, God is eternal.
When making a movie, I try and infuse God into the entire process. From the initial concept to the final touches on distributing my movies, God is always in my thoughts.
When I first conceive of an idea to make into a movie… God is part of that thought process. I won’t move forward on a movie, until I’m convinced that is the direction God wants me to go.
When I’m writing the movie… God is in my thoughts daily. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ll be writing and something wonderful will come to me. I’ll type it in and then look up at my icon of Christ and say, “Thank you.”
When I’m casting the movie… I’m asking God to bring the right people to the project.
When I’m on the set, acting, directing, producing and dancing… oh, man, am I praying then!
When the movie is being distributed… I look to God to give me guidance on how to get the movie out to people, such as yourself and bring them hope.
None of these segments of making a movie are easy. All of them are filled with many setbacks, delays, frustrations, losses, and mistakes. However, I have found, when God is in the mix, there is always an underlying sense of purpose; a sense that everything will work out, in the end.
And it does.
Time and time again, I am amazed at how God has guided myself and my movies through so many turbulent moments and led them to safe harbors.
So, I do my best, to put on the armor of Christ (Ephesians 10-18) and carryout the work God has set before me.
I hope you do the same.
Keep the faith,
P.S. I recently finished filming my latest faith-based film, A Marriage Made in Heaven. It stars myself, Tom Arnold, Vivica A. Fox, Paul Rodriguez, Connie Sellecca, Elisabeth Rohm and Kim Coles. I’ll be updating you on it soon. I’ve seen a rough cut of the movie. It is soooo good!!