5X5 Productions signs Angela Breidenbach. ME! (Wahoo!)
Let me explain how all this works. My literary agent is still Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. That means Tamela represents my traditionally selling novels and non-fiction books. But now I have a new manager, JD DeWitt, who sells my work to filmmakers and television. Think movies and TV. I have a champion taking my screenplays and ideas to filmmakers and networks like Tamela does with my books. The contracts with my agent and manager help me professionally to grow my career by working with people who have well-established networks in the industry.
What is in my future with this new level in my career? The opportunity to expand my dream of writing shows and movies as well as books. This is something I’ve worked toward for a while now as I’ve been learning another aspect of creativity through visual media. This creative business is something I’ll always be learning. It’s constantly changing and evolving. Ten years ago this seemed like a far-reached fantasy. Today I’m overwhelmed with joy and amazement. You might see me at screenwriting conferences and you’ll also likely see me at writing conferences. In the meantime, I’ll let you know when something “pops” onto the screen, big or small 🙂
No dream is easy. It’s a constant work-in-progress lifestyle. In order to keep growing my career, it takes going to conferences, reading craft and industry books, listening to and voicing podcasts, building real relationships with people that have mutual goals, and a TON of discipline. Getting words written in the right format and turned in on time is super hard. Yet, the hardest thing to do while working toward a dream is saying no to other things. I’m not always good at saying no. But, I’m learning that each “yes” I say may take me away from my goals. I’m learning to respect the dreams God gave me by respecting other people have their own goals that don’t always have to include me. Once I realized it was about self-respect, and not being mean or selfish by saying “no”, I gained confidence and felt more at peace with a lot less guilt. People want what they want. Saying no isn’t disrespectful to them. It’s honoring the call God put on my life. So now I’m working hard to measure requests of others against that still, small voice I’ve too often stifled.
What about my genealogical studies, you ask?
Never fear. I’m still hitting the books hard with plans to graduate in 2019.
Is your dream being stifled? If so, what do you need to change to breathe life into your dream?
How do you decide whether to say yes or no?