Archive for August 2016
In January an unexpected email found my Inbox. Jen Gatien, Producer of a film in pre-production at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, contacted me to discuss being a consultant on a movie about a young girl entering a convent.
I asked, “How did you find me in Florida?”
Her response, “I googled ‘Former nun Nashville.'”
My name was the only one to come up. After seeing my website and my book, Monastery to Matrimony, she contacted me to see if I would be the ‘nun consultant‘ on set. I was hired and within 24 hours they flew me to Nashville and I began work immediately. Though I was still recuperating from the accident, I couldn’t resist the opportunity for such a rare experience. I was on set long hours everyday advising from my own directors chair.
My marketing efforts brought me this gig. I had written a newspaper column when I lived in Spring Hill, wrote press releases announcing my book signings in the area, posted on my website, and publicized my book extensively on my Facebook Page and Amazon Central.
The film, Novitiate, is in post-production searching for a film festival. It may or may not see the dark of a movie theatre, but it was a great experience to add to my profile. I met wonderful people and learned the behind the scenes work of filming a movie. I now appreciate the long list of names in movie credits. The actors had impressive credits to their names. I am still in touch with the ‘Mother Superior’ actress Melissa Leo who has earned Oscar and Emmy nominations. Currently she is nominated for an Emmy for her part as Lady Bird Johnson in All the Way, a recent HBO movie. Watch for her in a new TV show to air in the fall on Showtime.
Marketing! Marketing! Marketing! You never know where marketing might take you. JUST DO IT!