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Interview with Linda Seger Script Consultant, Screenwriting Coach, Keynote Speaker

Interview with Linda Seger Script Consultant, Screenwriting Coach, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Linda Seger has a extreme passion for reading, writing and film production, you’ll see later in the interview. She is an entrepreneur who has travel the world and is a living example of a person enjoy life. Many individuals dream like hers, but are afraid to make risk to get it started and they forget how powerful our God is. He says it himself He’ll give the desires of our hearts. We just have to make the first step and trust him, Linda did…why not you?

Find out more about Dr. Seger and her new book at www.lindaseger.com or Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success.

1. How did you get started in as a script consultant and writing books? Why did you want to make a career out of a script consultant verses just being a writer?

Well, I do, of course write non-fiction books. have always been interested in reading, (fascinated with reading when I started reading around age 6, I expect… and started reading loads of books by the time I was 7). Then, I got interested in writing, and started writing poetry, short stories when I was 10, and even wrote a novel when I was 13 (My only novel…about 25 pages long.) I got interested in script writing as a result of working in theater… and from directing theater where I began to analyze scripts. Then, I taught theater in college, and as part of my Th.D. in Drama and Theology, I developed a method for analyzing scripts which then became my business as a script consultant. Script Consulting developed out of my love for drama and my love for great literature.

2. Almost 30 years in this industry from writing books, conducting seminars, speaking, consulting, running a business and traveling, is writing scripts still your number one passion? Or, has one the others taken precedent over script writing?

The script consulting is a great joy to me, because I work with creative people, and I exercise my own creativity by working with their scripts, thinking about ways to improve them and solve script problems. But it’s really the combination that I love-consulting, writing books, and doing seminars. I love writing the books, and sharing ideas. and the Seminars are a way for me to express myself publicly, to meet others, and to figure out how best to communicate these ideas. So, it’s the combination.

3. In 1981, what made you to decide to start you own business verses working for another company?

Well, no one wanted me!!! (smile!) the college where I was teaching had over-extended the Drama Department and suddenly about 6 of us were out of a job. I lived near Los Angeles so I decided, with my background in Drama, perhaps I could get into the film business. But I was over-educated, older than many starting out (I had already been a college professor) and my skill was in scripts, not necessarily in administration, or working in a corporation, or…and I didn’t know anyone, so I didn’t have any advantage of knowing someone in the business. I started doing story analysis, and found, fairly quickly, that all my previous work served me well. Then, one day, a writer who I met was having trouble with his script and I suggested I apply my Doctoral Dissertation which focused on a specific way to analyze scripts, to his script. He said to me, ” I’ve struggled with this for 5 years…and in one hour you told me what to do.” At that point, I realized I had something here, and also realized that the industry had many scripts out there that didn’t work. I was not a corporate type, but realized eventually that I was an entrepreneurial type. So, I was partly forced into it by circumstances, but when I started my business, I realized this was my great joy and that I was good at this.

4. How was your faith tested when you took the risk of starting your own business?

It was a huge leap of faith. I didn’t know if I was being stupid, or being called. I finally just took the leap, and as time went on, felt I was doing exactly what I was meant to do. I did have various tests…at certain points, my ego would get in charge, telling me that I was really ‘something’, or that I should try to work for a studio and maybe some big wig would thank me at the academy awards, but I felt God was telling me that much of my work would always be with new writers. Although I do work with very successful writers at times, and that’s a joy too, but many of my clients are new, and I feel that I’m nurturing their creativity and their self–expression.

5. What are you thoughts about Christians becoming Entrepreneurs? Do you feel it’s okay for Christians to aspire to be wealthy?

Being an Entrepreneur and a Christian is a fitting combination, because God is very creative about calling us to unusual jobs. It takes a leap of faith to become an Entrepreneur… I don’t know how people do it without faith, unless they have rich relatives!

I believe prosperity is, or can be, a by-product of our work, but that we do have to keep in mind our spiritual principles and not be tempted to have pride, or to get greedy, or to buy into the world’s ideas of what we-re supposed to have (I.E., Money, Big Cars, Fame, Fortune, ETC.) I did struggle with what would happen if I began to do well… What would I do with all that money if I got it? Well, I’m not making millions, but I have certainly done better than I expected, and I began to think about how to be wise with money (saving for retirement, ETC.) but also there are so many people and places that need our help. I’m involved with a charity in the Philippines… (Wodeef- Women’s Economic Development and Earth Foundation) that helps women start businesses, helps educate the children, and has a farm which I bought for them which teaches sustainable agriculture and helps fund the city branch of the charity. I also think it’s important to develop a sense of sharing and to realize that we are blessed if we can help others. We are blessed because we have the money to help others, and we are blessed in the process of helping others.

I have tried to develop a stronger social consciousness about how people struggle in our world. I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to be more aware of those who are poor and oppressed. This has included studying what is called ‘Liberation Theology’, meaning Theology that deals specifically with Jesus’ words about ‘I’ve come.. to bring release to the captives, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.’ So I’ve tried to be more aware of the variety of struggles that people have.

After some years of thinking about the homeless, I made the decision to almost always give when I see a homeless person…and I also try to always look them in the eye and give them a blessing. I realize I’ve been blessed, and they are struggling. (And I don’t make judgments about their situation, or if their dishonest.) So, it’s important if we have much, to share.


6. One of my most favorite quotes is by Bessie Stanley who says it best about “Success”:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task, who has left the world better than he found it.

What is your definition of success? Do you feel you have reached it and if so, how do you know?

Success is being blessed, able to do the work we love, to make a living at it, to contribute goodness to the world, and to delight in life.

I have reached success in my professional life and my personal life. Perhaps I know I’m successful partly because I have surpassed my dreams, but also because people give me feed-back to let me know that I am doing work that is helpful to them, or they let me know that my books have helped them and touched them.

But success is not about coasting. One has to maintain it, and keep expanding. Blessing, as I mention in my spiritual steps book, is about expanding, flourishing, abundance, and goes out to others and comes back to ourselves. It’s circular.. and that means that one does keep expanding.

7. Speaking of Success, can you tell us about your most recent book “Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success”? What was it that inspired you to write this book?

Spiritual steps was inspired by an award given to me by Regents University in 2000- The Candlelight Award. It is given every year to a Christian who is a ‘Light to the Entertainment Industry.’ I asked what kind of a thank you speech they wanted at the ceremony, and they said up to 30 minutes. That made me think about how my career had been nudged, pushed, pulled, and guided by God. As I thought about various steps along my career, this book began to evolve.

I also began to think about how we often think of spiritual tests and spiritual challenges as being part of the failures and problems in our lives – unemployment, illness, bad marriages, kids on drugs, ETC. Yet, I found that there was a whole different set of spiritual tests about success, and had realized that there were few books about these challenges. And, as I looked at my career, I began to try to define what those challenges were.

And, 9 years later, that became this book.

8. What is the most important take away, you want the readers to receive after reading “Spiritual Steps on the Road Success”?

I’d love readers to reflect on their own route to success, and perhaps to find some gems that will help them remove any barriers to their success. Hopefully, the book will also help readers discern some of the subtle and unexpected challenges on the road to success- and how to handle those challenges being aware and guided by the presence of God.

9. What else is on the horizon for you? Any new business endeavors?

The Third Edition of my first book, Making a Good Script Great, will be published in February. I am writing a book on subtext, called Writing Subtext for the Screen: What Lies Beneath, which is due at the end of March. I have 2-3 books on spirituality that I’m trying to sell. As far as new business endeavors, I do want to do more speaking on spirituality. I’ve given several speeches recently on this subject, and would like to expand that part of my life. That also includes writing more books on the topic.

10. What is your favorite scripture? Why did you choose that one?

Of Course, there are many favorite scriptures that pull at me at different phases of my life, but probably my favorite is Proverbs 8:22-31. In this scripture, the writer is describing how wisdom was with God at the creation. Wisdom, over the years, has become an increasingly important concept for me. I think it takes wisdom to be in business and try to have Christian standards in the way one does business. But, this scripture is also about creativity. Wisdom, who is a creator, delights God. She plays in his presence. She is a master craftsman. And she loves being with us human beings. The scripture reminds me to always take joy in my work. To be delighted with creativity and to love playing with other creative people and playing, and being, with God!

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Top 10 Ways to Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief

Top 10 Ways to Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief

Mobile Donations

A list of all short codes to text to donate on your phone bill in the United States:

1. Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti efforts. This effort is run by Mobile Accord.

2. Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. 501501 is run by Give On the Go.

3. Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee.

4. Text RELIEF to 30644 to get automatically connected to Catholic Relief Services and donate money with your credit card.

5. Text HAITI to 85944 to donate $5 to the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.

Online Donations

A list of websites to submit you donations online securely.

6. Donate Via Google Checkout

7.Donate Via Causes of Facebook

8.The Salvation Army is sending 285,120 boxed meals of rice, soy, and vitamins to Haiti. Donate to the Salvation Army by clicking here.

9. Help Support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. President Bush emphasizes the need of a long-term commitment to Haiti’s recovery.

10. Hope for Haiti has held the vision from the very beginning that the people of Haiti are the ones who take control of their future and we are here to lend a needed hand along the difficult path. Donate Here.

The bible says God is honored when we give to the poor for it is like we are lending to the Lord himself, Proverbs 19:17 & Proverbs 14:31.

Photo Credit by: American Red Cross

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Product Review: ShoeBoxed.com Organize Receipts

Product Review: ShoeBoxed.com Organize Receipts

Shoeboxed.com founded by Duke graduated and entrepreneur Taylor Mingo has been an answer to the prayers of so many business owners and entrepreneurs. Receipt management has been the death of a lot of business owners, especially around tax season. Offices are clutter with receipts along with other paper documents.
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Since the launch of Shoeboxed.com, business owners can now see the floors of their offices. Shoeboxed.com became a blessing to many Entrepreneurs. by allowing them to scan in receipts and business cards or have ShoeBoxed.com to do it, save you the trouble. Receipts are stored by store name, date, total and can be sent to Quicken, PDF, Excel, Freshbooks (which is how I discovered shoeboxed.com) and more. Business cards can be imported from Outlook, Gmail, Linkedin, Salesforce, etc. Statistics on spending are automatic generated and you can store receipts to the account via email.

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I used Shoedboxed.com for almost 12 months now and it has made my life a lot easier. Especially in my start up stage, tracking expenses and storing important documents. This software made it a lot easier by allowing me to scan important documents online such as contracts and other sensitive information in addition to my receipts from various purchases. I love the feature which allows you to add side notes to each receipt such as how you paid for the item (i.e. credit card, check). I haven’t really used it for storing my business cards, I’m not saying it is not a useful feature, it just does not work for me at this time.

The purpose of these blog is post to promote various business web apps that normally major companies only have access to. Now, I’m presenting this particular web app to help your organization and yourself get in order.

Prosper Media Group, LLC., is Digital Marketing Firm that uses technology to help businesses communicate better with their customers and employees just like the major companies. If you would like to know what software is how there than can help your business save time, money and grow in sales send me an email, Click my name: Pedro Moore or fill out our contact form.

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It’s A Process

It’s A Process

In a society where misery and sorrow lurks on every corner…I’m grateful for
the message God put down on the inside of me to share his peace that
surpasses all understanding. Obediently I picked up the phone to call
someone not even knowing what I was going to say. I got their answering
machine. While the message played I still had no idea what to say. I was
hurting and dealing with a lot of things…beep! The answering machine
stopped my thoughts. I began to sing a song. I continued, as I closed my
eyes I began to leave them a prayer. I was amazed at what they Holy Spirit
was speaking through me. When the spirit finished speaking I ended the
call. I hung up the phone, placed it in its cradle and collapsed in the floor
into tears. As I lay on my bathroom floor my face drenched with tears, my
throat in knots, talking to God with a froggy voice, the Holy Spirit spoke to
me that was for you too! The spirit must have its way. Don’t be
downtrodden as you go through test and trials. Keep your head up, don’t
regress, just trust in the Lord. His word says come unto me all who are
weary and burdened and I shall give you rest.

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The Pursuit of Happiness: A Businessman’s Walk Through Ecclesiastes

The Pursuit of Happiness: A Businessman’s Walk Through Ecclesiastes

Week 2: Ecclesiastes 1:3-4 & 9-11

3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?

4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

10 Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.

11 There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.

The words of the Preacher yet again confront us with a very challenging and inconvenient truth. We Are Nothing! The “freedom” of entrepreneurship is often seen as the way out of our brokenness, but please do not be mistaken my friends. Your work; your ambitions; your wealth; your poverty; your testimony; they are little more then a recondite ripple in the tapestry of our Holy God. The obvious translation of this weeks scripture would simply confirm that it’s not about you, it’s about Jesus. However, we’ve all heard that message a million times and still unabashedly adhere to the carnality that pervades our hearts. I’ve written a story to illustrate this point:

There once was a small flower patch, next to a playground, in a large park near the middle of a city, where a bee flew from flower to flower, day after day, gathering nectar. The bee, though it desperately longed for a life beyond the confines of its flowers, worked very diligently to perform it’s duties well. In that same time and place there was a child. Everyday, the child and its mother would visit the playground in the park near the flowers where the bee gathered its nectar. One day, while the bee flew from flower to flower and the child played, the two shared the misfortune of meeting.

On the day of the meeting, the child, recently learning to say and recognize flower, laughed and clapped and walked near the edge of the flower patch as the bee worked. The bee, like any other day of its life, flew from flower to flower gathering nectar for its colony. However, underneath the quite facade of the bee’s diligent work, existed a desire to be more; in fact, the bee dreamt of not being a bee at all. The bee, no matter how preposterous it sounded, wanted to be the greatest painter that ever lived. The bee understood how outlandish his aspirations were, especially as a successful honey manufacturer, so it kept its dreams to itself for many years.

On this particular day, while the child played near the edge of the flower patch, the bee became full of bitterness and animosity. The bee was tired of denying itself the pleasure of more fulfilling life so it decided to fly far, far away from the flower patch it had spent it’s life working in. At that moment, the bee, mentally charged with fear and anticipation and the child who was playing frivolously among the flowers collided. The bee, petrified by the frightful screeches of the child, did the only thing it knew to do; it stung the child. The child instantly erupted in a wild display of painful horror. No one in the park knew what happened but from the sound and sight of the child leaping and rolling and stomping through the flower patch they knew it must have been very, very painful.

During the child’s outburst, the bee was struck and now laid helplessly upon the dew of the grass. Barely able to raise it’s head, the bee saw what seemed to be a never ending sea of trampled and disfigured flowers. It’s head hung low, the bee began to think how quickly it’s life’s work had been so irreparably ruined. Meanwhile, the mother sat with the child cradled in her arms. When she found the source of her child’s pain, the bee watch as she and the child left the playground. Now realizing the gravity of it’s actions, the bee began to sob with heart wrenching sadness. No human at the park or bee in it’s colony could hear it’s anguish. Hours later, all alone, the bee took it’s final breath. This happened as the child slept. When the child awoke, a new bee began to fly from flower to flower, unaffected and unaware by the events of the day, and life went on.

Can you see yourself in this story? Did you decide to fly far, far away from the flower patch? If so, to who’s faith did you cling? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably leaned upon your own understanding and decided to pray, rather then prayed to decide. It may seem like I’m playing a juvenile game of semantics but this fundamental change in perception is always the difference between success and complete failure. If you look at the phrases closely you’ll see what I mean.

When a person has decided to pray, they have resolved in their minds that the way that seems right to them will not, as scripture tells us, lead to death and destruction (Proverbs 14:12). However, our fallen nature, as was discussed in the previous post, seeks exoneration. We can’t wait for something new to happen. That urge for new is a desperate desire to fix what is broken within us. However, it can not be conceived before God’s revelation, which is above the sun. It’s the irony of not being able to focus on the Son, even in its physical form as sun, that has created the world we see around us.

The Preacher tactfully reminds us of our inherited brokenness as he agitates the futility of our humanity with questions such as, “What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?” The weight of our uselessness often leads us to make decisions apart from the wisdom of God (deciding to pray). Fortunately he does not leave our total destruction up to our own doing. Those that love him are not left to fend for themselves. In the midst of our broken circumstances his grace engulfs us as he causes all things to work out for our good (Romans 8:28) In the story of the bee, it’s search for happiness was misguided because what it actually needed was the peace the surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). How many of you are seeking peace from the brokenness you feel inside? Have you ever stopped to consider that you’re not the only one? People buy your goods because they are searching for peace too….a service to placate the empty busyness of deed; a shirt to cover the internal yearning for validation; adding friends to your social network as a way to eradicate the sorrow of being forgotten by the world. The beauty of the story of the bee is that life goes on. No matter what you’re running from or running toward, life will go on no matter what. The deepest of your pains will go away and the hole that it leaves will be quickly filled by a God that is working everything out for the good of those that love him.

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