After a long and hard week of preparation, I was excited to finally hit the road for the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB)! I drove in from Monroe with my TV/film consultant friend Angie DeBlieux. It was great to finally arrive in Nashville 14 hours after leaving Monroe. (This should have been an 8-10 hour trip! However we made several stops along the way to shop for things we forgot to bring…and it didn’t help that we both were feeling sick most of the trip!) Once, we arrived at the Gaylord Opryland on Saturday, the site of the NRB Convention, we hit the ground running. So many exciting things are happening here at the convention!
NRB is an international association of Christian communicators who attend the yearly convention to learn, grow, and network with fellow Christian broadcasters. There are many sessions to choose from in the areas of film, television, radio, internet, and church media.
One of the most exciting parts of the day was doing my very first podcast! It was a last minute decision to launch “Christian Movie Connect” at NRB, but it turned out great! Two days before leaving, I was scrapping together equipment and purchasing a domain. We didn’t even get the website up until today…Talk about last minute!!! (Special thanks are in order to my social media consultant friend Kelsi Guidry!) You can check out Christian Movie Connect at christianmovieconnect.com.
I have lots of great interviews lined up for this week, including Michael Flaherty of Walden Media, Simon Swart of 20th Century Fox, actor John Schneider, Bob Waliszewski, host of Focus on the Family’s Plugged In Online, filmmaker Dave Christiano, and Paul Lauer of Motive Marketing. These interviews will go up on the podcast within a couple of weeks after NRB. So please remember to check out Christian Movie Connect!
The evening was topped off by a great dinner with a wonderful actor friend, Gary Moore who joined me and my friend Angie DeBlieux and my assistant Donna Botts. He has been very busy working on several movies and an upcoming TV pilot. Plus, he stars in a movie being released with Pure Flix Entertainment called The Bill Collector.
Well, it is late…gotta get to bed so I can be ready for tomorrow! Don’t forget to check back over the next four days for your daily update from NRB!
Photo credit: Donna Botts
Photo #1: Cheryl Ariaz Wicker at NRB
Photo #2: Donna Botts and Angie DeBlieux edit podcast (L-R)
Photo #3: Gary Moore, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, and Angie DeBlieux (L-R)