Confession... I'm a avid podcast listener. I often listen to 3+ hours of podcasts a day while I work.
Some people listen to music. I listen to people talk...
Anyway, I'm always hearing other creatives talk about the need to do personal projects. Projects involving the craft they do for a living, but specifically ones that really feed their soul.
In the past I've written this idea off as a waste of time. I stay extremely busy. I am a husband and father of 2 little girls, I own 3 businesses and I am very active in our community.
How in the world would I make time for a personal project!?
But 2 weeks ago I listened to a podcasts that one of my good friends Giulio Sciorio (creatorspath.org) did where the focus of his interview was on a creative project a photographer had done. This project ended up reshaping the entirety of his business, enabling him to get more of his ideal clients who gave him the freedom to create the art he wanted to create.
This finally gave me the kick in the pants to do something I've really had an urge to do more of.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE telling love stories through the medium of wedding films. It is a blast and remains a great passion of mine.
But I also want to tell other kinds of stories.
I want to tell stories of people finding themselves. I want to tell stories of people becoming who they were meant to be. I want to tell the stories of people changing others lives. I want to tell the stories of people outliving themselves, becoming something far greater and doing something completely unselfish.
I want to tell the stories of men becoming amazing fathers. Something our culture desperately needs.
And so I reached out to the Special Olympics of Pflugerville (the small town outside of Austin, Texas where I live). I'm volunteering my time and gift of film-making to tell these stories.
Perhaps it will result in more work like it, but even if it doesn't I'll be giving a precious gift to my viewers and that is more than enough payment for me.
Here's what I hope to accomplish:
1) Make the Special Olympics athletes feel like movie stars. I've often had my wedding video clients tell me that they felt like a movie star in their film. I want to give this gift to the athletes.
2) Spread the good news of a more full and joyful life that can be had when you live unselfishly by telling the stories of the volunteers.
3) Inspire other parents of children with disabilities to get their kids involved. These sports really help to bring out the best in the kids. I want more of them to have that opportunity.
4) Make new friends. The people who are involved in an organization like Special Olympics are my kind of people. I'd love to make new friends with the people involved in this amazing organization.
5) Grow as an artist, storyteller and person. When you are really living into your God given design, its like being on steroids. Your growth as a human is exponential during this time. I want to become a better version of me.
If I can pull these things off, I will have been wildly successful in this new venture, despite not having been paid a dime for any of it.