Whenever I’m interviewed in magazines or on radio, the interviewer eventually gets around to the question: “What advice would you give a young Christian for coming to Hollywood?” Well if you’ve ever wondered about that question, here’s my advice:
Don’t lead with your faith, lead with your talent.
Too many Christian filmmakers – even with the best intentions – come to LA and the first thing out of their mouths is their spiritual motivation. Lines like: God told me to come. I’m here to take Hollywood for Christ. God gave me this movie idea.
Guess what? It may be true, but nobody cares. Hollywood producers, production companies, and studios don’t exist to make your spiritual calling come true. They’re not here to help you discover your divinely appointed purpose. They’re here to make a profit.
Lead with your testimony, and you’ll be laughed out of the building. But lead with your talent – and if that talent is good – it will get people’s attention.
The entertainment and media industry is looking for great actors, directors, producers, writers, and more. Studios are looking for talented creative people with ideas and projects that can get people into a theater or in front of a TV.
If you accomplish that, they’ll likely listen to whatever you have to say.
Get into position by using your gifts and talents – and then the door will open for you to share your faith and accomplish your calling.