I just got back from the 2012 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Academy and Festival. Here are a few of the most prominent lessons that I learned from the teaching, talking, and traveling that I experienced last week.
The most important of which, I might add, are not directly film-related.
1. Honor my father and cherish my relationship with him. Be accountable to him, as well. “If you think you might need to confess it- you do.”
2. Use my time living in my father’s household wisely. Invest in my siblings and parents. Use these years in such a way that I won’t look back after I’m married and say “I sure wish I would’ve…”
3. The more I study theology, the better I will become as an artist.
4. YouTube appeals to the masses- Vimeo appeals to the artistic community. I need both.
5. Brand = Trust. Make a promise and then keep it.
6. Directors should be directors- not speech instructors. As a general rule, say “I need your character to feel this way”- not “say it like this.”
7. I love my family. To pieces. It was heartbreaking to leave San Antonio after such an awesome week of great fellowship and networking. But when I got home I realized- wow. It’s good to be back. My family is such a blessing and treasure.
This was an amazing week from many angles. It was great for me occupationally and spiritually. It was so good, in fact, that I’ve already registered for the 2013 academy and festival. God continues to provide, and in this case He used a gift from a family member. (By the way, if The LORD is leading you to attend the next one, now’s the time to register. The first 150 registrants get a $200 discount.)
To all the wonderful people that I met this year- stay in touch! Hopefully, I’ll see you again, in person, next year.
Until then, I’m grateful for the internet. :-)