Joey Camera Minus

It’s going to take faith, dedication, and hard work to realize your dreams. In the film and television business, your name and your ability to get the job done excellently is everything! The great news is that for Christians, the Bible shows that your choices and decisions add up to your character and integrity. What Hollywood may call your name and reputation, the Bible calls your character.

 

Hollywood accepts nearly every artist who is good! That means even Christians can get into the film and television business and make a huge impact. But only if you are good. Our God is a God of excellence, so as you pursue your dream of impacting millions through film and television, it requires you to have a dedication to excellenceYou must be good to make it.

 

It’s going to take riskswise choices, and commitment. Remember, before Peter walked on water, he had to choose to get out of the boat! Matthew 14:28-29. He made a choice before there was a miracle!

 

You must also be strong in your faith. Your “walk” must be grounded in all of the things you need for a firm foundation to work in the culture of the entertainment business.

Qualities of a CCM Graduate

Being a graduate of the Center for Creative Media means that you represent the following characteristics:

You are a qualified professional.

You know how to work in a real world entertainment environment.

You can collaborate with other professionals.

You know how to work under the pressures of a deadline and budget, and know how to turn out amazing quality projects in that environment.

It also means that you are a quality individual who can be trusted and counted on when given the chance.

 

 

Professional Encounters

Every CCM graduate needs to reflect the following 10 qualities:

1. You Love God

Jesus answered, “The most important [commandment] is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” (Mark 12:29-30 ESV)

 

2. You Love Each Other – Unity / Teamwork

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31 ESV)

 

3. You are a Professional Caliber Artist

The words “professional” and “Christian,” are not mutually exclusive. Because you are a Christian, it should be one of your top priorities to be of professional caliber.

 

4. Barnabas / Timothy

Following Paul’s Biblical example, you need to always have somebody who is mentoring you and you need to always be mentoring somebody else.

 

5. Relational Maturity / Confidence

You are able to collaborate, communicate, and manage relationships with other creative individuals to a production conclusion that results in a product of excellence. You proceed with the confidence that God has His hand on you and is guiding you through situations even if they prove to be difficult, challenging, and first-time things that you have never done before. Being nervous or anxious does not mean that your calling is in question. Rather, it is an opportunity to depend on the Lord.

 

6. A Specialist in Your Area / 50 Percent in Other Areas

You are excellent in your primary area of specialty and you know enough information (about 50 percent) of what the specialists in the other areas know so that you can communicate, create, and collaborate with other artists in order to achieve excellence.

 

7. The Fistful of Armament

Every CCM intern will be encouraged to develop long-term spiritual habits and disciplines.

Also, CCMers will be expected to practice what is known as The Fistful of Armament.

– Be in the word daily–not including what is known as “Bible Roulette.” Be in purposeful reading, study, and pursuit of the Lord through Scripture.

– Constantly be reading a Bible Study by a well-known and qualified Bible teacher.

– Be in community–a small group.

– Have accountability inside the business (CCM).

– Have accountability outside the business (not from CCM).

– Be a regular attendee of–and participant in–a local church in the CCM geographical area.

 

8. Quiet Minute

Since everyone at CCM is a believer, take time when necessary to stop and pray. Call on the strength and support of others to intercede in prayer. No matter how busy production gets, there’s always time for prayer. Even if it’s only for a minute. A critical minute where everyone together can lean on the Lord.

 

9. Rising to the Challenge / Critique / Professional Accountability

You have become a true professional. A quick evidence of that is that you are willing to accept input, critique, and that you are absolutely open to other pros keeping you accountable to always performing excellent work in every circumstance.

 

10. Self-Initiative

You have drive, you are a self-starter, and you own whatever project you are working on. You have a critical component that is looked for in the real world profession of film and television: you do more than you are asked to do or expected to do.

 

In the end, it also means that any other CCM Alumni, no matter what year they graduated, will look at another graduate and know that they possess these qualities.