The morning started out ordinary. I got to the gym early to get in a quick workout before the 8:00am call time. I was running late as usual, so I stopped by a donut shop for a couple of dozen glazed donuts to atone for my tardiness. As I got to the first location, the director, crew, and actors and actresses were already reading through the script and amending the shot schedule for the day. Desperately trying not to be noticed, I carefully laid my sacrifice on the altar of filmmaking and quietly took a seat.
I listened to the script read out loud, and surveyed the talent so as to learn their names and roles. Some of them I knew, and some of them I didn’t. One of the faces that I didn’t know was one that captured my attention most. I had never seen her before, and one glance was not enough. As I watched her read her part, I thought to myself, “wow! She is magnificent.” I was intrigued. All day long we traded quick words and glances. I wanted to talk to her, but amidst a strenuous shoot schedule, I was afforded very little opportunity. When the shoot wrapped at the end the day, I had my moment. We sat around and talked for a while about my seminary days and life as a pastor, and she talked about being an actress and a model and her desire for film. And as the conversation grew wider and deeper, I began to see that this girl was a deep well, springing forth with passion and a love for life. She spoke of faith and hope and love, and I began to see a wonderful treasure in front of me. So I asked her out.
Yes, I gave up my Saturday and my weekend adventures for a short 7-minute film. Not only did I have a great time on set, and my team ended up winning the competition, but I won something greater – a treasure named Candice.