I remember seeing billboards that said “I am Second“, and I had no idea what that meant. I figured it was ministry related, but that was the extent of my thought on the subject. I’m sorry to say I didn’t pursue the topic and search to find out what they were talking about. I hope that others won’t make the same mistake.
As a Flyby blogger, I was re-introduced to I am Second, and this time I actually went to the website and watched the videos, and I am so glad I did.
I am Second is a series of very edgy, artsy videos with famous people sharing their personal testimonies of struggles they have faced and conquered thanks to their personal relationship with Christ. The videos range in length from 2-15 minutes and each video is just the person wearing black, sitting on a white chair in a dark room. The lighting is dramatic. The camera work is cutting edge. But the strength of the videos are the stories.
I chose to start with three filmmaking individuals – Alex Kendrick, Stephen Baldwin, and Janine Turner.
Alex seems a likely subject for a Christian website, but I was totally unprepared for his testimony. He shared from the heart the struggles that he faced before and during the time he was working on Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof. Christian filmmakers tend to assume that the Kendricks have been blessed with a silver spoon and haven’t faced insecurities and disappointment, but Alex reveals the story behind the stories.
The best thing about Stephen Baldwin’s testimony is how a simple cleaning woman changed the life of a rich, successful Hollywood actor. How cool is that? It just goes to show that God can use ordinary folks in extraordinary ways.
Finally, every struggling actor or filmmaker needs to watch Janine Turner’s story. She’s so incredibly beautiful and talented and it’s easy to assume that she just jumped right into stardom, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve seen so many actors who have been working for a year or two and they’re frustrated with minor roles and thinking they’re a failure because they aren’t getting lead roles. But Janine talks about the thousands of rejections she received and the self destructive path she chose to deal with those rejections and how God finally brought her out of those dark places and brought her to the light.