Coaching Men's basketball is a first love for me. Especially, coaching when it comes to character training is one of my favorite jobs I have served while under head coach Bob Hoffman. This means I have the opportunity once a year to take the men on our basketball team on a retreat with the coaching staff, talk about their goals, discuss their future and focus on one thing, character. These retreats pay off in the long run.
OUR SECRET SAUCE
Character has always been the secret sauce for our teams. Our nation needs more character and this is why a couple weeks ago, Lou Holtz of Notre Dame is now joining forces by working with the Secretary of Urban and Housing Development Ben Carson in bringing character to the forefront of the world. When you coach character, you find how so many of us need character. Another winning team is on the rise.
Dr. Bill Bright told me personally how he was the last person in the world to teach character and we argued it wasn't true. The reality was that I was the last person to teach this. Truly, nobody can teach character because all of us have light and dark within us. We choose who we will be and we can also change when we get off course, because this is the way it works. However, when you have a foundation in your belief system bigger than yourself, you can engage with character at the highest level. You just need God to help you understand there is something out there in the universe that calls to your soul and this is eternal. .
CONGRATULATIONS BIG SCORE WINNER
This is our writing focus this month and there is a new author who has been writing for many years we adjudicated and professionally reviewed her work, who received one of the highest ratings in our history. We congratulate Beth Lambert for her amazing review and also REDEMPTION PRESS on finding such an amazing author.
Gary and Beth met us to join and discuss the future screenwriting transition and we could not be more excited for this team. I believe often when you step out in faith and believe, great things happen. This is definitely the case here and I just personally wanted to say "WAY TO GO" to these wonderful people.
THE FANTASY ABOUT BOOK OPTIONS
This week we have been meeting and speaking with some of the finest publishers in the world and what we found was sad. Unfortunately, many of them still believe in the fantasy of books being optioned. How many times we heard a publisher say, "We are hoping someone will option this book or maybe this one".
May we share a truism? Every film company has so many ideas on their front doorstep, without a reasonable and true third party review, the ability to get "options" on books is almost completely over. You don't find book options except for best selling authors or there is some connection to a filmmaker who does beleive in your story.
There are major film companies you would know their name, who literally buy up the intellectual properties off the market, to just "take it off the table". One company pays over 40 million per year, just to buy up the market with no intention to ever make the book into a film. BEWARE, this is happening everywhere.
THE GOLDEN RULE
Everything comes back to character, so what do you base your character upon? There is nobody who is perfect, but we have a responsibility to be people of character. Living your life by the "golden rule" is the only way to live. When you take the golden rule for what it truly means, this is not some philosophy, but has the power to change everything.
Keep pressing, keep writing and keep working as perseverance wins the race in this entire game of intellectual properties. Always find good "teams" to align yourself with and see what happens.
FINDING GOOD TEAM MEMBERS IN FILM
This afternoon an author was sharing a story with us about a new film director who has their book. Uniquely, this is a director I know very well and I shared with them how very fortunate they were to already be aligned because I know this man. He is a good man and is upright, you can trust him.
Character is always the basis for when you move from one area to the next. Sure, you will mess up, but pick yourself back up and work hard. Diligence and being a person of your word is everything. There will be people who will attack you, but don't pay attention to the lies. Be a man or woman of true love, compassion, kindness and live the Golden Rule! This is the key to changing everything.
CONGRATULATIONS MERCER BEARS MENS BASKETBALL
I close by sharing more good news our Mercer Bears in Macon, Georgia have won 8 games in a row after losing a starting guard a month ago. Isn't it amazing team how when one falls, another is there to pick the other team members up! Congrats to all who are continuing past overwhelming odds.
Go Get Em,
Dr. K is also called "Coach KMAC" and is a veteran filmmaker, speaker and author and coach who's been coaching hoops in the NCAA for 21 years with Mercer University Bob Hoffman Men's Basketball coach. His unique FILM COACH style is how this blog rolls.
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Team members come together to find ways to increase our table just for you.
Dr. Miller Bargeron and Jennifer Calvert are authors who are now filmmakers, so remember YOU COULD JOIN US!
In Franklin, Josh Buchholtz and Rebecca Sharp just got engaged and we celebrate and congratulate our team members who are in love!
Doug Davis has been a true success story with the great Warren Theater Chain in Moore, Oklahoma. A dear friend and thinker in our industry for films/dining!
You will find many pros working together to make movies and we are unified in the excellence of the art!
Christi Craddock is from the group HTT based in Oklahoma City and is a rising star in counseling. Her group has many books you will want to know about more.
Roundtable Team are gathering in Penn., Hawaii, Washington and Alabama on new projects!