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It’s The Same Desert

So I read back on one of my old posts today and was kind of saddened by it. I almost feel like we are still in that desert but not in a good way anymore. Maybe I am reading too much into it, but maybe […]

So Thankful for His Grace

So Thankful for His Grace

  There are so many times when I look at my life, my relationship with Christ and think…”nope, not good enough, I have fallen too many times and my day to day looks nothing like that of…well anyone I know living out their lives to […]

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

Don’t Get Overwhelmed


(Image from Austin 360)

Last week I watched  Key Note speaker Mark Duplass from the SXSW 2015 and was blown away. I remember thinking during the first few moments of it, “Yeah this is going to be great, I love watching stuff like this, getting pumped up and at the end feeling like I can take on the world!!” But ummm…that didn’t happen. Actually, I got done watching it and was like “Well I guess my filmmaking career is over. I am not going to be able to do that.” I don’t know why I felt that way. It wasn’t like he said anything to the affect of “Only rich, fat, white men can make it in this industry”, or “Well you had better move to L.A. because that is the only way you will make any films”. No, in reality he said, “Stay where you are if you are in a smaller town, you can still create without being chewed up and spit out, also don’t quit your day job.” 

So why did I get so overwhelmed?? I think the main problem was that first off I don’t have a day job to not quit. Yes I could have a job, I actually had something but decided against it and walked away. I feel that I want to do multiple things with Make A Difference Pictures and that right there can be overwhelming.

Also I am the kind of person who if she isn’t already a success, starts to feel like a failure. Does that sound stupid? YES. Does it make any sense what so ever? NO!! But that is just who I am and when I see other people actually doing what I want to do that is where the problem lies.

So with that fear out in the open and that sin being confessed (1 John 4:18, 2 Tim. 1:17) I am walking away from it, not in my own strength but in Christ. I allowed the video to do the oposite of what it was intented to do which was be encouraging and uplifting. Yes he came in and said “This isn’t going to be easy, you will have to work at it but if it is what you are meant to do, it is completely worth the work.”  And that is what I am going to do. I am going to take this task that I have been given and I am going to run with it.

(I feel that this blog has become my very own pep talk…Hey do what you gotta do right???)

So what’s the plan?…

So what’s the plan???? Well…ummm… I don’t know. Do I need a plan? I mean I guess I do, I guess I need somewhere to start but where the heck is that??? The better question is, what is the dream? And maybe I can move […]

Wordless Wednesday: A Different Point of View

Wordless Wednesday: A Different Point of View

A Different Point of View

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5 Random Facts About Me

Here are some random or maybe not so random things about me that you might not know: I LOVE the state of Florida…I have never lived there and have only visited a handful of times but I absolutely love it. I love the heat, the […]

Sunday Glory: My First Fruits

Sunday Glory: My First Fruits

Now I know that giving of our first fruits isn’t literally referring to fruit but referring to whatever our first and best is. For most people they actually think money…We are supposed to give from the very start, don’t just wait until you are at the end […]

Film Friday: Working With MightCouldDo

Film Friday: Working With MightCouldDo


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I have found something out recently as I am working with MightCouldDo…I KNOW NOTHING about film making. Ok I know a few things, but I am still so new to this whole world…And that right there, is OK. I can be a newbie at this, I can just be starting out, I can be learning every day in a different aspect of film making and production. I think something more interesting that I have found out though, is how much I love EVERY aspect of film making. I really just love being on set. It doesn’t matter whether I am there as a production assistant and just running to get stuff, or I am there to be the camera assistant, the director of the shoot or anything in between.

In 2014 as I was living in Arizona, I got the chance to work on a couple of different film sets, they were short films but it didn’t matter in my eyes. On one I was acting… simply being there, working the scenes, finding the character. On another I spend 2 days as a production assistant, running, getting things for anyone who asked and being able to soak up all aspects of this passion I had. I got to spend a little time helping with wardrobe on that film as well, which as an actor is a HUGE part of the character, so being able to help actors find that within the costumes was fun. When I moved back to Minot and I started working with NDstrong on Heads or Tails I found out really fast why there are SO MANY people on a film set. I wasn’t just the Assistant Director but I also ran craft services, coffee, set prep, costumes and then was also a production assistant. It was a learning experience to say the least. I was able to kind of dip my toes into every area possible.

A big thing I took away in the process of all of this and the short film One Last Fight we at MightCouldDo made last fall, is to ALWAYS be learning. There is never a time to not be learning and growing. I have so many books and different blogs/websites that I search, on the different areas of film making and you can’t just read them all in one sitting. These are things that you take a piece at a time, work on it in some way, apply it to whatever you are doing and then move on to the next section. The greatest piece of advice that I have ever been given though is to always be working on your craft, even if that is simply reading about it. The film making world is forever changing and in order to stay relevant you need to stay on top of technology and the issues that are surrounding the day to day goings on in the film making world.

I couldn’t be more thankful for the lessons that I am learning at this company and the fact that I am learning everything first hand and in a fairly safe environment. I am not wading out in the shallow end but haven’t been thrown to the sharks just yet either. I am able to swim around, and get to know what I am doing. But I do know that when I am tossed in the deep end I am going to swim, sinking isn’t an option, I have been trained far too well to do that!


A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

So this year I decided I was going to do something a little bit different. I made some New Year’s resolutions and came up with my word and scripture for the year… “But Christine, that isn’t something new, people do that all the time.” Yes that is […]

Sunday Glory: His Words, Not Mine

Jan 2015-6

“But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
Matthew 10:19-20

These words came to my attention the summer I decided to create this blog. I don’t remember the circumstances completely around me finding them, I am not sure if I was seeking or if the Lord simply opened my eyes to them. Either way they have become my prayer in almost everything I do, I want to make sure that it isn’t me speaking but the Spirit THROUGH me. I am beyond thankful for these words, there have been MANY times where I felt lost for words and as I pray that I am able to speak clearly, and the truth.

Allow the Spirit to speak through you, to work through you and you will be amazed at the things that will be said and done that simply Glorify the Lord!!