The Blessings and Challenges of Being in TV and Film
Written by Christi Given | July 5, 2012
As many of you know, I am a journalist and musician. I want to share with you a “day in the life of a journalist” and what it’s like working in the TV and film industry!
On an average day, my schedule consists of research, reading the latest news and brainstorming ideas for topics I may write about. Writing for Project Inspired is a delight and is, in fact, inspiring. I enjoy the readers and love when people respond and leave comments.
I currently film a show for JCTV called “Christi’s Corner” and I do research throughout the week for that as well. It is so neat to be able to be up-to-date with the latest Christian music and what’s happening in the Christian world!
I’m so blessed to say that what I get to do as my job is definitely my passion–writing is what I have always loved doing. Some of you may know that I am also a musician and songwriter. I usually get my inspiration from God, life, love, and from my experiences. Mainly my music is Christian worship music, as I want to spread the message of the cross and the hope of salvation.
Over the last year or two, I have filled in for different hosts on JCTV and also have been a part of different films, live television and even talent shows. Some of the shows I have worked on include Fashion Star with Jessica Simpson, America’s Got Talent, and I even did work in June on an upcoming film as a stand-in for the lead actress.
I am privileged to be able to live my dream of working on different TV and motion picture industry sets, and I am so thankful. The film industry runs in my family–my grandfather William (my dad’s father) was a stuntman. My grandmother also acted back the 50s. It runs naturally in my family, I suppose.
Although I love doing what I am passionate about, there are some challenges of being in the industry. The hours are very long and you typically do not know when you are getting off of work. For those of you who have to know every detail of your schedule, this may not be appealing to you.
In addition, if you don’t like waiting around between scenes, it would not be your cup of tea. It can take five hours to just set up the lights and make sure the set is perfect for one scene. Yesterday on set, the crew was doing just that! They were lighting the elevator the scene was in, and it took hours to make sure it was just right. We didn’t even begin filming until long after we had arrived. Many people read, do other work, hang out on the set, eat, talk or just wait.
Another challenge of being in the film industry is you can have a 5 AM call time and be there for 12 hours, possibly even 14. This can actually be positive because the longer you are there, the better the paycheck, but it depends how you perceive it! I try to stay positive, so I see it as a blessing.
Finally, working in Hollywood can be a spiritual war field. Working in the industry, especially in the secular world of media, can be very hard. That is why people sometimes choose to do different projects. I am very selective about the work I choose now, because I want to honor God with my gifts and talents, but I also want to be a light in a dark world.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:12-13).
The upsides of working in film and TV are it’s always new and exciting. Your days are never the same or repetitive. Especially in journalism and TV hosting, you always have new stories, new reports and new ideas. It can be very fun and exhilarating if that is your passion!
Live TV is very fun and it keeps you on your toes! There are no real mistakes allowed, so you need to be prepared! I recently enjoyed being a part of Project JCTV (Live) where there were different speakers, a live band, live audience and I was able to share my personal testimony of what God has done in my life. I am so thankful and honored to be able to work in Christian TV. It is such a delight to share in spreading the gospel and furthering the Kingdom of God!
Here is a photo featuring JCTV host Larissa Lam, a guest, and me behind the scenes at Project JCTV 2012:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20).
PI readers, what is your dream job? What are your passions?