Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stop selling your soul

By Cheryl Wicker, Christian Movies Examiner

It is a common enough dilemma for Christian authors and filmmakers — to promote or not to promote... themselves, that is. Picture this: An independent filmmaker who has a great story to tell that will change the lives of viewers yet there he is, outside of Hollywood's great golden doors, trying to make his knock heard by the industry's bigwigs. Or a Christian actor who could hold himself up with the entertainment industry's respected artists but has not gotten the opportunity to show his stuff to mainstream moviegoers. The reality is, in this fickle-minded industry, faith-based professionals need to be creative and promote themselves.... and sustain it. However, as Christians, they are still bound to Paul's words of wisdom: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."

Well, cheer up, for there is a way to do it without violating moral integrity. Thanks to the combined gifts of Christian creatives Paula K. Parker, Mike Parker and Torry Martin — altogether offering 55 years of professional experience — Christian actors and filmmakers can now 'strut their stuff' in a way that does not deviate from their faith. Their book, "Shameless Promotion and Networking for Christian Creatives," has the answer to the challenges of building many an independent Christian filmmaker's business and career.

"'Shameless Self Promotion and Networking for Christian Creatives' is designed to help equip creative individuals and organizations with the tools for successful self-promotion, without the need to sell your soul for 15 minutes of fame," explains Paula, an accomplished author, playwright and journalist who has written over 1,000 articles for major national print and online publications, such as Christian Single, Living with Teenagers, ParentLife and HomeLife.


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