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The Blessings and Challenges of Being in TV and Film

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?

Image: JCTV.org

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19 Comments

  1. Simplicity

    Posted by Simplicity on July 5, 2013 at 12:29

    So it says in Ephesians 6:12 “and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Does that mean there is evil and sin in heaven?! Cause I thought heaven is sinless……

    • raesta102

      Posted by raesta102 on March 30, 2017 at 19:43

      In this context, it is simply reffering to the spiritual realm, or the realm beyond the physical. It does not literally mean heaven, the residence of God, the angels, and the righteous (also known as followers of God). Other translations refer to it as the ‘heavens’. The plural form of the word here denotes a difference between heaven and the heavens. Just like there is a difference between God and gods. God is not a god. He is the God. English is a very complicated language, one of the most complicated in the world, and it often does not do a very good job of showing the differences between things in cases such as this.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by QuannasLove on July 11, 2012 at 12:54

    My dream is to either become an author, or to play Belle in the Beauty and the Beast production at Disney World!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by elizabeth03 on July 9, 2012 at 11:45

    Its just that what you do something i can see myslef doing. Im very interested to know what exactly it is that you do and if it gets in the way with church becuase I want a career that won’t get in my way to assist church.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by elizabeth03 on July 9, 2012 at 11:41

    @christina given, I have a question. Im a senior in high school and still looking for what carreer best suits me. I enjoy wwriting and I’m also a singer in my church. You mentiooned in this article that the hours you worked aren’t always the same and can’t a;lways be predicted. My question is how do you make time for church… Does work get in the way of assisting church? and another question is what exactly do you do as a journalist in tv?

    • ChristinaGiven

      Posted by ChristinaGiven on July 12, 2012 at 01:03

      Elizabeth, no it does not typically affect Sundays or church. I do TV hosting and also write usually this is during the week. My passion is music & worship so I do that with my church & on weekends and also record music as well-Yes ask God to direct you and to guide you! He will give you the wisdom you need! 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by MollyZoe on July 7, 2012 at 13:33

    I want to go to hollywood and be in movies and after I’m known I want to release a country/christian album. When I graduate highschool I want to go to Yale and become a lawer and help girls who have been abused or taken advantage of by a boy. After I have been normal for a few years I want to be in more movies and maybe start my own TV show. I know it’s crazy but I want to know I’ve done as much as I can before God calls me home.

  6. Emi

    Posted by Emi on July 7, 2012 at 10:22

    You have a really cool job! =) I would like to work in the animation world of TV and film, by either voice acting or animator.

  7. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on July 7, 2012 at 08:54

    That sounds like a lot of work! I thought doing this kind of job was a lot easier! Thanks Christiana for letting all the PI girls get to know what you do!!

  8. sofie-genesis

    Posted by sofie-genesis on July 7, 2012 at 05:08

    i want to be an artist and write songs to jesus 🙂 and that jesus will use my songs to save every soul who is listening on them. there is alot more i want to be, for ex, a preacher and a actress 🙂 as a preacher i want to travel all over the world and talk about jesus and heal people. as an actress i only want to act in christian movies bcuse to act in wordly movies doesnt glorifying god so..but also there i hope that god will usethem to save people. 🙂

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Romayn on July 6, 2012 at 20:54

    I want to be an screenwriter. I’m working on a few scripts right now. I want my stories to bring out the best in people even through tough times like these.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by countrychic143 on July 6, 2012 at 20:46

    I have a audition for a tv show tomorrow<3 I was just in a movie. I looooong musical theatre and I have a audition for a pro theatre on the 15 august. My mom has No faith in me. She told me I'll never make it but I know I will. T.C told me that I have. A lot of talent. I have dreams.

  11. Paris

    Posted by Paris on July 6, 2012 at 18:57

    My dreamjob is to be a caretaker of infants and toddlers.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by KelseyA on July 6, 2012 at 17:47

    I want to be an actress, maybe director, and maybe dancer. Project Inspired has been such a blessing to all the readers who’s dreams involve performing or media. Hearing your encouragement and personal experiences are really inspiring. 🙂

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Desiree Mae on July 6, 2012 at 16:59

    You are so lucky to be able to do that! I’m just like you when I say I want to be a light in a dark place yet want to glorify God except I’m on the acting side of it rather than writing though………..

  14. JuliMarie

    Posted by JuliMarie on July 6, 2012 at 15:01

    I want to be a teacher or an editor–editing is my passion 🙂

  15. kayla.hb13

    Posted by kayla.hb13 on July 6, 2012 at 10:35

    It is so fortunate you get to do what you love! I want to be a doctor and help change peoples’ lives! 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeautifulMe on July 7, 2012 at 17:06

      Thought i might add that also wanna be a doctor! Hang in there girl we can both do it!(: