Monday, July 16, 2012 - 01:16
I have no outlet for the Gift God has given me, I don't know what to do anymore .
Hello Mr. Franklin,
My name is Bryon Keith Walker and here is my story.
Jan. of 2011, my wife and I rededicated our lives back to Christ, soon after that we both lost our jobs our cars and our home was foreclosed. Our marriage was tried and there was a lot we didn't understand but we both knew our faith was being tried. During this time I was having a lot of dreams that I didn't understand, my wife would always tell me to write them down, so I did. Since I was unemployed I spent a lot of time writing, I just didn't understand what I was writing and what the stories meant. A friend of ours invited us to their church so we went on a Wednesday night for bible study because we didn't want to miss Sunday service at our church. On that night the Pastor stopped in the middle of his teaching and came over to me and my wife and had us stand up, he told me that what I was writing was not a book but it was a movie script for a movie that would be seen in theaters across the nation. I thought this man was off his rocker !!!!!!!!!! When we got home I looked up filmscripts which lead me to screenplays and to my and my wife's surprise everything I was writing was in the exact format of a screenplay as God was giving me each scene on different night I would sleep. Well that gift has grown and I'm on my third sreenplay and the ideas just keep coming like a faucet I can't turn off. The problem is I can't get anyone to accept one let alone read one. Production companies don't accept unsolicited material with out a literary agent, agents and managers don't accept scripts without it coming from an industry source. Roger Bobb of Bobbcat films (Ex executive producer of Tyler Perry Films) almost had me arrested because I refused to leave their office without leaving a copy of my script. NO ONE dealing in christian films will work with new writers, the only thing available as an outlet to get your scripts read is screenplay competitions. We don't have that kind of money to enter all these different competitions cause money is tight and to enter cost a lot. I've sent out over 200 query letters and synopsis and got less that 30 responses back that were all regection letters. No one is interested in Christian film material INCLUDING so called christian film and entertainment companies. Everyone close to me laughs behind my back and says i'm too old (44) to be chasing a young mans dream. I didn't ask for this, I often ask God why me, I'm only pursuing the dreams God has given me. I'm so tired and ready to give up !!!!!!!!! Singers can sing at thier local church or a free open mic to be heard, actors are picked up by talent agents consistantly, film writers breaks come by who they know in the industry, and christian film writers get no breaks at all unless they have the money to produce their own low budget film. Everyone says to start out like Tyler Perry did, but thats hard to do, he was a single young man making necessary sacrifices that only affected him, and I'm a middle aged husband and father who can't expect my family suffer more than they already have while I chase a dream! The Bible say's a man without a vision perish, it seem like a man with a vision and nothing to do with it PERISH even more!