Today my church (Calvalry Bible Church), started a new fellowship group called, “Cast and Crew”. It’s a group for people in the entertainment industry. It was an interesting mix of about a dozen people. We have people who have done extra work, animators, sound engineers and an exterminator who does work for the studios. The leader of the group, Pastor Jay, was himself an actor before he went into ministry.
Christians in the industry can face moral dilemmas. What do you do if you’re on a project that is at odds with your Christian values? Do you quit? Do you say no to an opportunity that could move your career forward? Do you take the opportunity to speak of your Christian values to others? Today we just introduced ourselves, but these are the kinds of questions we will be discussing.
And it’s not just a question for Christians. We all have our values. If you’re a vegan, would you work on a commercial for meat – even if you’re behind the scenes and no one would ever know? Is it just about your reputation or do your values go deeper?
There used to be an old commercial for Las Vegas where a woman would say, “Of course I have morals, but I left them at home.” Well, if you so easily can toss them aside, are they really your morals? Or as Gumball Waterson from, “The Amazing World of Gumball” would say, “I do have standards – turns out I can’t live by them.”
It’s also part of my brand. Your brand is what sets you apart as a writer or any kind of artist. I’m a PG-13 kind of guy. That’s what I like to watch and that’s what I like to write. I’m into Science Fiction and Fantasy. I’ve also discovered over the years that I tend to gravitate to the theme of family. So if you’ve got a family-friendly project; something with comedy, action, and thought-provoking moments, I’m you guy. But if you’re looking for blood and guts, or a nighttime soap opera where people are sleeping around with each other, I’m not. You wouldn’t want me anyway. I wouldn’t be good at it because my heart wouldn’t be in it. They are not my values.
We all have to decide what our values are and stick by them – no matter what it costs us. As a wise person once said, (who I don’t remember, otherwise I’d credit him), “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything”.
Dennis Amador Cherry
70th blog completed.
First Steampunk novel: 71,793 words. Spent most of my time doing research for chapter eight. This week I will do the rewrites on chapter eight.
First Steampunk screenplay: Need to update with notes from the novelization.
Second Steampunk screenplay: 114 pages
Second Steampunk novel: 0 words.
Third Steampunk screenplay: 38 pages