DeVon Franklin: He’s Produced by Faith
- Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I think that one thing people have to remember is humility is incredibly important. When I talk about self-promotion, there’s an idea that I need to put as much time into promoting myself as I do with my job. And I’m saying absolutely not. You need to put as much time as you can into your job, become the best you can, do the best and that work is its own self-promotion. You don’t have to worry. When you’re great at what you do, it promotes itself. It propels itself. It sells itself. When you’re the best and you are great and you are focused and you’re determined and you’re persistent, those attributes and your job will speak for themselves and people will know what you are; they’ll find out about who you are. It’s so like the wrong thing to focus on in your career. Trust me. And then what happens you’ll get notoriety and you’ll get the attention and all that, and then there will be a whole other thing that you’re going to have to manage and figure out. I don’t think any of us are pursuing our career because we want publicity. And publicity is just something that comes because we’re following our passion and purpose.
In Chapter 5, we read about getting “notes from God” just like there are notes in the development of a script. What kind of notes might someone get from God in their career?
You are too angry. You have too much resentment. You’re focused too much on yourself. You’re not really as good as a colleague as you could be. I know you’re pursuing this, but I have something else for you. I know that you want to get the promotion, but this is not the path that I want you to go down. You know what? You aren’t as strong as you think you are. I want to make you stronger.
I know in my life when I look at what God has done and the notes he’s given me … one was to go into an area of the industry that I never wanted to go into. I never wanted to go to a studio. That was never something that I was pursuing. But he gave me a note that I had to listen to and if I hadn’t listened to it, I wouldn’t be here today.
You also talk about how production is about transition and not about position necessarily. What do you mean by that?
When you go into production and it’s about transition in your career, you could get a promotion. But you may have not made the transition because sometimes you can get a promotion which is just a title, but the work doesn’t change. The territory doesn’t change. And then other times you can transition in your career where you’re doing the work, you’re operating in your purpose and it’s just that the promotion hasn’t come yet. What I didn’t want to do is I didn’t want to attach production to a title, because you can go into production just by your workload increasing, by your respect increasing, by your responsibility increasing by the contribution you’re making to your company increasing, feeling more validated in your life and in your work. That is all part of the transition process and promotion can just be a validation of that that can come afterward. I got promoted to Vice President of Production and yet I didn’t feel like I was in production yet until I started making The Karate Kid. So I had the position or the title per se, but I didn’t feel like I was in production. I don’t really think that production happened for me until we really start going on Karate Kid and that movie started happening, so I don’t think people should be chasing position. You can say yes this is my goal and I want to be president of this and I want to be CEO of that. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as that’s lining up with God’s purpose for your life. I talk about pursuing purpose. We need to pursue purpose and in pursuing purpose, in doing that, God will grant us position and promotion and what not as long as what we’re pursuing is part of his purpose.
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