How to be a Hero Reborn
Being a believer in Hollywood is a tricky thing. There are some that are very open about their faith – I spoke with actor Kirk Cameron in my last post about his experiences. Other well known and vocal Christians in Hollywood include producing team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, actors Stephen Baldwin, Victoria Jackson, Patricia Heaton, Sherri Shepherd, and others.
I subscribe to the belief that we shouldn’t put a “Christian” label on our craft or our work. We shouldn’t say “She is a ‘Christian’ actress”, “He is a ‘Christian’ filmmaker”, “He is a Christian plumber”. We just need to be Light. We need to create great content. We need to be excellent at whatever we do. And we’ll be an example of Christ through our actions and our work.
I think of producer Mark Burnett. Of late, he has been seen as one of the ‘noisiest Christians in Hollywood‘, producing such hits as The Bible mini-series, the feature film Son of God, the series A.D. The Bible Continues, the upcoming Ben-Hur remake, and others. But he is known for creating excellent content. He is the powerhouse producer behind many of televisions top shows – including Survivor, Shark Tank, The Apprentice, The Voice, and others. He has earned the respect of those in Hollywood because he is excellent at his craft. (Check out this YouTube video of Mark speaking at the Zeitgeist America conference in 2013).
I want us to learn from those in the church media space as well as others that are producing excellent work. I want us to learn from believers that are involved in not only faith-based material, but everywhere. We need to learn from those who are at the top of their craft – from leadership to filmmaking, to acting, producing, directing, and more. It’s my goal to learn from people in the industry that can make us better as we minister to those in our churches every week.
I recently spoke with actress Gatlin Green about her experiences as a believer working on the hit NBC show Heroes Reborn. We talked about how she got the part, how she is living out her faith on set, her support base at her local church, and more. We also talked about how growing up in with Christian parents and adopted siblings has taken her on a ride she never expected. Be sure to see Gatlin in Heroes Reborn. The new season starts January 7th on NBC.
You can listen to my full interview with Gatlin below.
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Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, where he produced media content for four campuses, as well as led volunteer teams.
He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. Newspring has 10 campuses across the state with a weekly attendance of over 35,000. At one campus alone, the number of consistent volunteers serving in media production tripled, under his leadership.
He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.