Recently I started a new job at a local Bed & Breakfast. Which I absolutely love. The people there are amazing and the B & B is an historical dream. The financial aspect of trying to work this film, marketing the books, paying the Entertainment Attorney etc., has been substantially high. For over ten years, I have been what others referred to as a, starving artist. “A starving artist is an artist who sacrifices material well-being in order to focus on their artwork. They typically live on minimum expenses, either for a lack of business or because all their disposable income goes toward art projects. Related terms include starving actor and starving musician.”
This franchise has meant the world to me. So much so, I have put it before my own needs and wants – like getting a new wardrobe or having my nails done on a regular basis. It has been a sacrifice that I still, to this day, do not regret. I value this project because of the people who might be blessed by it. And, you simply cannot put a price tag on that. When lives are changed for the better, the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice of getting that to happen. God has not failed me. God has not stopped me from doing what I know I am meant to do. His hand has been all throughout this project. His timing is perfect. Needing to take on an extra job, or working a craft show, or a book signing, His hand is still involved.
There have been so many variables and factors that have been done, changed, redone again and so on that I have lost count. Just when I think we are ready, something else is upgraded or updated. Striving for excellence is not a picnic. It is hard work, dedication, commitment and diligence. But it is in my heart to do nothing less. When I think of this, I think of the above picture. The waterfall is powerfull, majestic, beautiful, romantic and invigorating. Waterfalls make us feel healthier when we see them and for some reason we have more energy. It’s just the effect they have on people. We are rejuvenated and enlivened. We leave exhilarated and happy, instead of depressed. Toxins that were inflitrating our minds and bodies, are pushed out because of how refreshed we become. This is what I want for the Summer Ray franchise. Without the waterfall, the above picture would just be mediocre. It would still be a beautiful scene, but it would lack the power. Nope…not for Summer Ray! We are working toward the, “Wow” factor.