God has blessed me with a number of opportunities that have given me knowledge. I’m only here to be a servant, a conduit, to help you – because I desperately want to see you become everything that you dream of and everything that God has called you to be. And not only do I want to see you become that – I know you can!
The Word says, “Our people parish because of the lack of knowledge.” And specifically those that want to be in entertainment, we have work to do!
Many people ask me, “How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?” The answer really goes back 18 years ago when I came to LA from Oakland, CA. I was the only person in my family who had any interest in entertainment. And nobody thought it was wise for me, a young Christian, to go to Hollywood or get into the entertainment industry. Does that sound familiar to any of you? 🙂
When I was 18 I went to USC (the University of Southern California) but I only wanted to go there if I could get into the film school there. Everyone had told me that in order to make it in Hollywood I had to go to the best film school in the country, which was USC.
But the way that USC worked was that I had to apply for general admission and then apply to the film school separately. So if I was accepted into general admission then I might have the opportunity to get into the film school. But there was a chance that I could get into the general admission but not into film school.
I was accepted for general admission and was on my way to visit USC when I got a call from my mom. She said, “I got a letter from the USC Film School, do you want me to read it to you?” I said, “Yes, please read it to me.” She then said, “We regret to inform you….” and you know how the rest of that goes.
My heart dropped. I had been rejected. I started to think, “Why am I here anyway? I don’t want to go to USC – I only wanted to go to USC because of the film school. I can’t make a career for myself if I’m not in the film school!” But God said, “Go.” So I attended the College Days Event that they had there on the campus.
While I was there the Holy Spirit impressed upon me that this is where I was supposed to go. So I thought, “Even though I’m not in the film school I’ll still enroll.” And I started my freshman year at USC.
The first semester of my freshman year, I knew that I needed an internship. I didn’t know anyone in the business and wondered what I was going to do. In high school I worked at a non-profit in Oakland and the executive director of that non-profit was the college roommate of a successful screenwriter in Hollywood. Because I was looking to get my foot in the door my old boss recommended that I meet with this screenwriter.
I went and met with the writer and he said, “You have to get an internship with Handprint Entertainment.” Handprint Entertainment, at the time, was the management company for Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, Babyface, and many others. It was one of the biggest management companies in the industry.
I went in to do an interview for an internship. Long story short, I ended up getting the internship. And the internship got me in the door of the industry and was the break I needed to start my career. The irony is that had I been in the film school, I would not have had the time to put in weekly at that internship.
You might be trippin’ out right now because things haven’t worked out the way that you wanted. You’re mad at God, you’re frustrated with God and you’re angry. But what you don’t understand is that God is trying to create room for not what you think you might want but really what you need. He knows where he’s taking you and what He’s going to do!
I really need to break this down for you: you can draw a straight line from my internship experience to where I am today.
When I walked through those halls of my internship, I was a nobody, they didn’t know my name! They only knew that I was an intern from from USC. So the big question I asked myself was this, “How am I going to make my mark while I’m here doing this internship? How am I going to stand out?”
And that is the question I want to impress on each of you today: How are you going to make YOUR mark? What are YOU going to do to stand out?
Don’t be upset about what you think you’ve missed or been rejected from. God might have closed one door so He can open 10 more doors for you!!!!
TAKE ACTION NOW: In the comments below, share your story of how through rejection you found another open door from God. Or if you’re going through a time of rejection, share your story and be encouraged by others who have been in your shoes. Know that God will open more doors for you.