It is with great excitement today that I officially launch my new speaker’s page. I debated over the best way to introduce it and finally determined to do it like I would do if it were anyone else, So for a rather unique approach, I am interviewing myself, asking the same questions I would ask any other speaker.
When did you first discover a love of speaking?
Growing up I was very involved in Acteens. Each year we would go to the state conference called Acteens Cometogethers where we would hear missionaries and entertainers sharing their life stories. My sophomore year I was honored to be one of four girls chosen to preside at the Cometogether. I was beside myself with excitement about meeting the speakers and introducing them to the audience.
As I stood on that stage introducing the first speaker, a younger girl took my picture, and my mother’s friend leaned over to her and whispered, “She’s beautiful!” It was the first time I had ever heard anyone call me beautiful and I think the reason was because up on that stage was where I truly came to life.
What’s your speaking background?
Throughout my life I’ve been blessed with numerous opportunities to speak at teen, church, arts, homeschool, and community events. I’ve taught dating and self esteem to youth groups, drama at state and national arts conferences, and photography, history, and filmmaking to homeschoolers.
Why are you just now launching your speaking website?
Ever since that first time I stepped on stage, I’ve known this is what I’m designed to do. But I’ve also known that other things had to take priority first. God gave me this desire, but He told me to wait until the time was right to actively pursue it. I finally have the peace now from God letting me know it’s ok to go for it.
A friend at church asked me this week why I thought God made me wait so long. I told her it was because I had to wait until I had something worthwhile to say. While I’m still far from wise, I am finding more and more that people are turning to me for advice and they care what I have to say. I also finally have the time and freedom to pursue it. Brittany’s married, Fred’s had his dream of filmmaking, and now it’s time for me to be able to concentrate on my calling.
What kind of speaking do you do?
The most obvious right now is teaching at film festivals and film events. After six movies and a long list of awards, we’ve learned a thing or two that I can share to help my fellow filmmakers. My primary topic is teaching how to make microbudget movies look like they cost millions. It’s honestly easier than you’d think, but it’s a few tricks we’ve learned along the way. I demonstrate the difference color, costume, casting, and composition have on the finished look of the film.
My heart’s desire, though, is to speak to singles, women, and senior adults and elaborate on the themes of my movies. I want to delve in depth God’s will for our lives, waiting for God’s timing, and seeing others through Jesus’ eyes. These are all themes I’ve touched on in my movies, but I want to provide a behind the scenes look at what motivated me to share these particular stories. I want to truly bring it home to individuals in the audience.
Is this replacing movie making for you?
Honestly, I don’t know. For right now, neither Fred nor I are feeling an overwhelming call to jump right into another movie. I have a script, but it’s rough, and it’s no where near what it needs to be. So it’s on the back burner until God reveals to me what He has in mind for it. Most likely, we will end up doing at least one more movie, but it will not be anytime soon. In the meantime, we’re traveling around the southeast and midwest promoting Providence in festivals and screenings and speaking at local events.
Can you come speak at my upcoming event?
I would love to speak at your event! We’ve got quite a bit scheduled for this summer, but we have plenty of available dates, and then the fall is wide open. Contact me and we’ll see what we can do to make it happen.
How can I find more about you and your movies and your presentations?