How To Successfully Direct Child Actors

Working with kids is one of the great challenges for beginning film and TV directors. After all, W.C. Fields said, “Never work with children or animals.” They’re both unpredictable and take real focus and skill. So I asked my friend Rafael Barreiro, a director and producer who’s worked internationally, and now teaches at the university level to give us some basic advice for novice directors. Here’s his thoughts:


Life’s Loaded Question: Do We Really Have a Destiny?

The issue of destiny is loaded question. Nearly everyone wants to believe in the concept. Atheists may believe that there’s no God, no purpose, and no point to life, but it’s pretty tough living that philosophy out in the day-to-day trenches. The idea of destiny gives us a reason to go on, motivation that our lives matter beyond PTA meetings, job reviews, and visits to the local coffee shop. The Christian tradition teaches that


Church and Ministry Communication and The Power of Being Consistent

A Guest Post from Dawn Nicole Baldwin

When our team at Cooke Pictures leads sessions on church communication and leadership, our growth strategist, Dawn Nicole Baldwin, always emphasizes consistency. I’ll never forget seeing a local church who advertised everywhere as a “family friendly church.” But when we visited on Sunday, we noticed a large sign that said “No children allowed in the sanctuary.” Inconsistent? Yeah. So I asked Dawn to write a guest post today to explain exactly how consistency can increase the impact of communicating your message:


What Do You Have to Trade To Be a Success?

The highest levels of performance in sports, the workplace, school, or the nonprofit world, never happen without trade-offs and sacrifice.  The extra hour an Olympic athletic spends training is an hour less he or she can spend with their family.  The extra effort it takes to win that major client project means chipping away at your personal life.  For most people, the illusive idea of work/life balance is an illusive ideal, because in reality, it’s one of the most difficult goals you can achieve.  That’s why I moved from


Why You Should Become a Film or TV Studio Executive

One of the perplexing things about speaking at the film and media departments at numerous Christian universities across the country is discovering the vast majority of the students want to be in production – and most of that group want to be actors or directors. It’s understandable because those are the positions that get the most publicity and celebrity worship. But the truth is, if you’re a Christian interested in movies or TV – particularly to impact culture – your most influential career choice could be


Do You Have a Life Message?

Here’s why it matters…

Corporate-speak uses terms like “Mission Statement,” “Vision,” and “Values,” but when it comes to us, we don’t often think in terms of having a personal life message. In my work consulting with visionary leaders I deal with it all the time, but when it comes to normal, everyday people, not many understand the importance of having a message. But as some have said,


My Interview with Brian Houston

If you missed our interview on “Let’s Talk with Brian Houston” on the Hillsong Channel, then don’t despair!  I’ve been friends with Brian ever since he asked me to teach his entire church staff in Sydney, Australia years ago.  Since then, we’ve stayed in touch as his team has planted incredible churches in major cities around the world, and now launched The Hillsong Channel on television. I was also the Executive Producer of the independently produced “Hillsong Movie: Let Hope Rise.” Brian is as good a leader as they come, and I was honored to spend time with him on his program.  Let me know what you think:


Why Your Church, Ministry, or Nonprofit Needs A Spokesperson

And it probably shouldn't be the leader...

Whatever the size of your church, nonprofit, or business, you need a spokesperson. Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with a crisis or disaster, but my advice is to always be ready. The question isn’t “if” a crisis will happen, but “when.” Even if you’re involved in assisting after natural disasters you’ll encounter the media on many levels, so it’s always good to put your best foot forward. So what makes a good spokesperson? Here’s what you need to consider: