You Can Do It!

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I survived, along with my cast and crew, the 1st day of shooting a short film I co-wrote with my friend, Jesse (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jessekoepke/flower-a-short-film). Not only did I survive, I did it! I directed. I told people what to do. I took suggestions. I made decisions. I said no. I called “Action” and “Quiet on the set.” Image

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As I’m getting ready to shoot today, I’m reminded of when I first started this journey. I scribbled down pictures and lines I heard on a steno pad in pink ink 4 years ago, around this time. I was slightly annoyed that God so flippantly (IMHO) gave me a movie idea with no training. I also had no desire to write films…let alone make one. Fast forward 3 and a half years to me sitting with Jesse, agreeing that this short film needed to be made. 

So here I am, deciding on what to wear on the set of a film that I cried over…screamed about…threw away…and prayed for. I don’t believe in luck…but I do believe in God. And I know that this is something I was created for.

This post isn’t for my fans (all 3 of you, lol), but to the one who is discouraged that their life isn’t coming together the way they’d hoped…who isn’t sure that the “creative” life is for them…who has heard people tell them to “Get a real job and stop being lazy,” when they’re anything but…who would rather dream of making a better world by creating than by complaining….
This post is for you, friend. Know that God is faithful and will not put anything in you that is not to be used. You don’t have to be a doctor or lawyer or be someone who has an office job…you can create. You can do it. Keep praying. Keep writing. Keep coming up with ideas that no one has thought about, let alone tried. Keep making art. Its what keeps you going…don’t give up. 

 

 

Early Morning Thoughts on the State of Art

So many times I hear about people who don’t go to art museums because there are sculptures or paintings of nudes. These same people claim to know what art is and even sway popular opinion as to what beauty is. And this is why we are a generation obsessed with counterfeits. We fail to seek out beauty for ourselves and opt to instead be spoonfed a bunch of processed mess that is disguised as cool, artsy, authentic…..
I could go on a more focused rant, but I just want you to look in the mirror, gaze at a sunset, open a book, visit a museum, hum a tune, listen to a babbling brook…anything that will open your eyes to the vast amount of beauty right in front of you.