When I decided to stop daydreaming about what I would do if I had a youtube channel, it was hard to bring clarity on the reason why. We hear of the possibility of money and fame, but that can’t be my motivation, just thinking of that sucks my creativity. I needed a deeper reason…
When I have to edit someone’s story I have to ask myself what point do I want to land on. Like any story, it can go anywhere. As I book the person to interview, I have to know my objective. In a strange way, what do I want this person to say, but still allowing room for twist and turns I may not be aware of.
The key is asking questions that will lead you to your point. At church we wanted to talk about one of the classes we have available for special needs as well as show the impact it had on the family. Everything in her story sounded equality important, but as the editor, I had to pick which parts where going to lead me to the objective. I had to eliminate points that were repeated, if she describe the hard times, I no longer needed anymore clips that describe that. If I focused too much on one area it may lead me away from the point of the video.
Telling someones story in less than 3 minutes, is an art. It takes practice, but most of all it about preparing before hand that will make the interview successful. Wording those hard questions just right will make your story 100x better. It will also help the subject feel comfortable enough to open up. When you know what you are doing, they will be able to relax and open up. The last thing you want is someone closed up when you’re trying to share their story.
Here is Maggie’s story.
We all have battles that we face in our life. Most of the time we fight them privately. What if that battle was seen by everyone you came across? For the case of these women who faced breast cancer, their reflection became a battle of life and death.
The idea to do a free photoshoot came when I was editing Pam’s testimony. I thought how amazing it would be to host a few women who had or are going through cancer with a shoot. Even though the battle of breast cancer is more than appearance, looks plays a big role in how we feel. I wanted to be able to remind them of how beautiful they are.
I presented the idea to my hair dresser, Roni and good friend make up artist, Veronica they both accepted the project with such excitement. I also invited the youth pastor from my church and one of my best friends to help me host the girls. Everything was coming together, even my lovely senior pastor opened up her home to us for the shoot.
When the women first began to show up, I wasn’t sure what to say. As they opened up and share their journey with breast cancer, the serious tone in the room began to transform into laughter as experiences were being shared. As each woman got her hair and make up done, you could see the their moods changing. When Lisa saw herself with her make-up, she said, “Hello stranger.”
When we walked around the mansion each girl was taken by the beauty of the house, forgetting the house was just the background. It was so much fun to seeing the girls pretending to be models. I kept telling them them they were doing great.
Pam told me one of her friends wasn’t feeling good to do photos but she would come to the party. I told Pam that maybe she would like to take a group photo. When Pam told her the idea, she loved it. It was great to see the women supporting each other, giving one another tips. It made the words “breast cancer” less scary.
I wish I could see the expression of the women’s faces when they see their photos. I know that their friends and family are not going to see the fancy camera work, the great make up, or the hair but they will see the true beauty of their fearless brave mother, daughter, friend and lover.
Its hard to pick out what made that afternoon special, for me but being in a room with women who went through a life and death situation encouraged me that God helps us through the valley by blessing us with each other.
Behind The Scenes
Thank you to everyone who was involved:
Briana Marie Jimenez – Host / Michelle Villanueva – Host / Monica Briano – Photographer / Veronica Duran Esparza – Hair / Veronica A. Hernandez – Make-Up
One of the last projects I worked on at The Rock was Pam’s story about her battle with Breast Cancer. There would be times when I would watch my cut to review it and be taken by her faith and courage. I was excited when I was told it would be played at the weekend services. That meant 13,000 people would also be encouraged by Pam’s bravery.
Thank you Pam for opening up your journey, I know it will help and encourage so many others.
One morning when I was driving to work I was thinking about what my Pastor had said on Sunday morning about how our church only had 7% of it’s 21,000 members who tithe. I then had an idea given to me by the Holy Spirit. I thought what a cool idea it was and went on. I later thought about it again and said, “Monica, don’t be lazy just get it done.” As the video editor at the Rock Church I have been given a platform, which is to create videos for the weekend. My boss has given me creative licenses to create and has allowed me to take ownership. I had no reason what so ever to not do this project that God had put in my heart to do. I then asked around and found some stories to share. I wanted to create real stories that were honest and stories that people who had never gave to a church could relate to. It’s more than just giving 10% but it’s being a part of something larger, a movement that helps and changes lives.
I’ve been hearing great feed back from people, and I know that many where encouraged by them. The power of not being lazy, the power of taking ownership of your job aka “platform” is amazing, and what it difference it makes.