Official Launch of my YouTube Channel! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!!!!!

IMG_8666.emailHello, loved ones! I need your help once again. And it’s all FUN! Good news: I’m officially launching my YouTube project page! What this means is that my projects will be made available there for you to enjoy. If not always, at least for now! I will be posting behind the scenes snippets, interviews and completed projects as well.

The ultimate goal for me with this page is to get some influential eyes on my TV pilot, “thE rEAsOn” (check out the trailer here). It is a fantastic show but without someone who can take it to the next level in my corner, it will continue to be just another great project that only a select few have had the privilege to see. I want this show to be available to EVERYONE and the pilot is just the beginning. There is a whole season written and ready to be shot and then even more to be written!

Up first: my critically-praised short film, “ProdiGal” will be premiering Tomorrow, Friday July 18 at 4:00 PST/7:00 EST (check out the ProdiGal Trailer). Please, check it out and tell your friends to check it out. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! Post on your Facebook wall, tweet about it, instagram it… email it. But most importantly, PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY PAGE!!! This is the only way I can keep track of how many followers I have and communicate with you personally, and it is the best way for you to stay updated on my latest projects!

Screenshot from "ProdiGal" Starring Cameron L. Surles and Kevin Desean Terry

Screenshot from “ProdiGal” Starring Cameron L. Surles and Kevin Desean Terry

I have been overwhelmed by the support my friends and family have shown me over the past two years and would love to say THANK YOU by giving you a front row seat to what I’m doing! Please, help me by subscribing/following and spreading the word. We need more quality content on television but getting exposure on the web could be the first step! Those of you who have already seen some of my work, maybe you can vouch for me =)

Coming this Fall will be the launch of my much-adored new pilot, “thE rEAsOn” as a mini (web)series, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, pull up a seat and enjoy this psychological thriller called “ProdiGal”. And start a conversation about it on your own wall, on my Youtube Page, any and everywhere! I would love to hear your thoughts. Let’s get the word out! =)

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Be sure to follow me and tag me when you share:

- here on my personal Facebook page as well as The Reason Series
– Twitter @LaurenSnowden and @thErEAsOnSeries
– Instagram: Lauren Snowden (follow me there as well!)
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Thank you all for your support. All I can say is, it will be worth it in the end! May God bless and keep you, now and always =)

Always love,
Lauren C. Snowden

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“thE rEAsOn”: Next Steps

Here is an update on my TV pilot for all of you who have been following the progress and those of you who are just joining the show.

Independent filmmaking is a tricky beast. You have to pour in a lot of time and resources on your own in order to produce a product that is going to be marketable. Even after all of that there is no guarantee that anyone will actually see your vision the way you do and want to pick it up. The blessing I have going for me, on top of the favor that God has already bestowed upon me is a slew of people who have already jumped on board for this journey. Because of all of this I have purposed to make sure that this project gets out there for everyone to see.

There is only so much I can do in my own power so that is the part I’m going to focus on, starting with this immense application for a pilot development deal through the New York Television Festival. When I say immense, this is what I mean:
– 5 copies of the pilot screener
– compressed data file of pilot
– compilation of digital stills from the show
– Artist commentary
– Trailer of the show
– plus designing labels for all of these elements and branding with my production company logo (thank goodness for my friend, Meka, who came over to help me with the labels while I worked on the other stuff =)
And then, any press kit material I might have. For me, in my mind’s interpretation, that equated to:
– a one sheet (for which I had to learn Pages, a layout program, over the weekend in order to be able to design it)
– bios of cast and crew
– resume
– production business cards (which I also designed in the same program)
– compilation of production stills for promotional purposes
– Digital copy of all the hard copy files to make an Electronic Press Kit

The reason I share this is two-fold. It’s accountability for me, to make sure you all know that I am truly hustling to make this vision reality, but it is also a motivator for me. It reminds me that I am able to do anything through Him that gives me strength… AND with the help of my amazing mom, who sits on the phone with me for hours and a time, listening to me think and work and write, just to keep me company and bounce ideas around when I need it. I’m so grateful for her and all of my other loved ones (you know who you are) who have pushed me and given me help when I need it. For this application and just with my artistic journey in general.

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Choosing to Live a “Kairos” Kind of Life

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There are two types of time: chronos and kairos.

Chronos – Chronological time; one moment to the next.

Kairos – measured by opportunity; a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action : the opportune and decisive moment

Kairos was also a Greek god. When I started researching for this presentation i had to make last year I found out that Kairos, the god, resembled quite closely this illustration my dad has always used with me, my siblings and all of his mentees:

“Think of Opportunity as a big giant, completely bald-headed except for one big, fat, very long ponytail growing out of his forehead. As he walks down the street, that ponytail swings back and forth and as he passes you by, you have the chance to grab onto that ponytail and allow him to carry you. If you hesitate or choose to wait for some reason and you let him pass you by, you won’t be able to grab on from the back because there is nothing there to hold onto. He doesn’t back pedal, he doesn’t slow down. You have to be ready to seize the moment when it is presented, before it passes you by.”

Thank you, Daddy.  Wise and poignant as ever.

Every moment we have breath in our bodies is an opportunity for us to make a choice. Will I sleep the day away or will I rise early and tackle the day ahead? Will I take a moment to encourage the person I pass by who is clearly going through a personal trial or will I walk on by and hope that someone else does my job for me? Will I stay stuck and dwelling on the things I don’t have (a love in my life; the creative career I long for; {insert whatever else that thing may be here}) or will I focus on the gifts and opportunities that I do have, be grateful and maximize them to my benefit and to the benefit of those who will be positively affected by me strapping up and doing the thing that is meant for me in this particular season of “waiting”? I am actively praying for the strength to choose the more productive option in each and every situation.

Here are some thoughts that I had about kairos time and opportunity; I put them into a short PowerPoint presentation for my colleagues at work last year. Maybe something will resonate with you (click on the link below)…

 

KAIROS – Devotion

 

Joy on a Wednesday Morning…

 

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I just have to testify and thank the Lord for the little gifts and graces that are REALLY BIG! I hope it blesses you to read it as much as it has blessed me to write it!

Yesterday I was faced with a test and while it took some toiling I finally decided to just let it be and put myself to sleep meditating on Philippians 4:8 “Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report… think on these things!” WELL… this morning I was supposed to be ready by 6:45 because a friend was coming over to work from my house all day since she was having work done on her place but I woke up a little late (6:36) because I had some trouble getting to sleep last night BUT 1) she was just tardy enough that I was able to finish my shower… 2) I left my house a couple minutes late (7:16) which usually means I won’t make it to devotions on time (7:30) BUT 3) there was no traffic — a miracle in itself — so I made it to campus at 7:29 … but on Wednesdays, devotions are in the Chapel, at the BACK of the school, which meant I wouldn’t make it all the way back by 7:30, BUT 4) because we are doing standardized testing they moved our devotions back to our regular meeting at the front of the school, so I was actually on time because they were late getting started today! During devotions 5) I extended two prayers for three dear friends of mine who are going through family crises right now, which always makes me feel good, to pray for others…

So I trotted out of devotions with my measly Sephora make-shift lunch bag which only has two multi-grain tortillas and some cheese and salsa for lunch because I haven’t had time to go grocery shopping BUT then after devotions I find out that 6) one of the school families brought donuts for the teachers! So I kicked off my day with my favorite pastry, a glazed donut =) And THEN, the best kicker of all. This season has been trying on many levels–financially, to say the least. Because of that I haven’t been to the movies since Christmas. For those of you who know me, you know that my favorite and virtually only pastime/outlet (also a must for my career) is going to the movies. BUT, I got to my box, which I had no reason to check since I’d already checked it before devotions because I was SO EARLY ;-) AND 7) there was an envelope. I expected it to be a note from a parent about a disciplinary situation but instead I opened it to find four movie passes inside! WHAT?? No note, no “to/from”. I didn’t know what to do with myself! Who do I thank? THANK YOU, JESUS!

This morning has been the cherry on a month-long “Lauren-I-know-you-have-been-going-through-it-but-don’t-doubt-that-I’ve-got-you-and-just-to-show-you-that-you-can-trust-Me-I-am-going-to-provide-you-with-the-things-you-need-like-gas-money-beyond-your-gas-budget-(gifted to me by not one, but two different friends, which allowed me that extra to take two meetings downtown that I needed to make)-and THEN-I-am-going-to-throw-in-a-little-extra-just-because-I-love-you-and-I-don’t-want-you-to-just-get-by-I-want-you-to-LIVE!” sundae! And in the midst I have also been reminded just how amazing my dear friends are — not like I could ever forget, but the past several weeks have been really special because they came through just when I needed them, even though I didn’t always realize their presence/love gift/encouraging word was just what I needed.

This is not the first time I have prayed that the Lord would reveal Himself to me in a way I hadn’t seen before but it is the first time that I have been so expectant because this has been the most difficult season that I can remember and it’s the first time I remember needing it so much. It has been a blessing. At first, very subtle things, but now very obvious ones. And I just want to encourage you, if you are in a difficult season, I don’t know how He does it, but I am more sure everyday that God’s grace is sufficient for me. And I’m grateful. Praying that He would show up in the midst of your storm, too. Happy Wednesday =)

“thE rEAsOn” Star, Dinora Walcott, Shines in Lifetime Movie

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I am so proud to have had the opportunity to celebrate Dinora Walcott, my dear friend and creative colleague, this past weekend. As some of my followers were privileged to witness at the screening of my TV pilot project, thE rEAsOn, she is quite a phenomenal actress and does a wonderful job portraying Maya O’Neil, the lead character in the show. Well, she was simply superb in the Lifetime Movie of the Week, The Grim Sleeper as well. The film stars Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23, The Good Wife), Michael O’Neill (Transformers, NCIS), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Oz, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Macy Gracy, and is based on the true story of an African American serial killer right here in Los Angeles, CA. Dinora delivers an extremely effective portrayal as Melayna Jefferson, the older sister of one of the killer’s victims. This story is an enraging one and is guaranteed to send chills up your spine. Be sure to check it out when it plays again; you do not want to miss it!

Here’s one of her many highlights:

“ProdiGal” Screening at the S.E. Manly Film Festival this weekend!

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Hello, all!

I am excited to let you know that my short film, “ProdiGal”, which many of you had a very important hand in making a reality, was chosen to screen at the S.E. Manly African American Film Festival at the Raleigh Studioes, December 13-15. ProdiGal will show twice during the festival: On Saturday December 14 in the 3:00-6:00 time slot in the Fairbanks Theater and in the time slot of 12:30-2:30 in the Mary Pickford Theater on Sunday December 15. I would love to see you there! There will be films showing all day Saturday and all day Sunday as well, with opening ceremony on Friday evening and closing ceremony and dinner on Sunday evening. There is information in the link below.

Please let me know if you can make it and I will be sure to look for you!

Blessings be to you and yours,

Lauren C. Snowden
Writer-Director, “ProdiGal”
Executive Producer, “thE rEAsOn”

CLICK HERE FOR INFO!!

http://bherc.org/Film_Festivals/AAFMarketplace/history.html

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View the official ProdiGal trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4nJAXdt
Full version of ProdiGal available to view via IndieFlix.com
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“A man’s heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9