At just thirty-five, Megan Alexander has successfully built a career in the competitive television industry without compromising her faith and values. But while she has experienced the triumphs of that dynamic entertainment lifestyle, she knows how difficult it can be for Christian women to get ahead in their careers and simultaneously navigate their roles at home and in their faith. She offers a fresh and millennial-centered perspective on how to build a successful career while being married and raising a family.
In Faith in the Spotlight, Megan addresses how to succeed in your career while also staying true to your beliefs. She gives inspiring, real-life examples of why women can—and should—lead in the workplace. She also shares valuable insight and behind-the-scenes stories from her interviews with famous athletes, media moguls, entertainers, and more. Drawing on her experience, she offers advice for plotting a career path, negotiating job contracts, competing and succeeding with the best and the brightest, and navigating difficult situations while maintaining strong faith and values. She also writes about the importance of mentors, coping with rejection, handling high-pressure situations, and the ways being a Christian fulfills her role in a superficial society. Faith in the Spotlight is an intelligent, thought-provoking book about achieving success, and will leave anyone empowered to dive into their career!
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Faith in the Spotlight
Chapter One Introduction
The entertainment and media world is more powerful and impactful than ever before. It is literally guiding culture. To have impact, the Bible says, we must be as gentle as doves and wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16). We have done a good job being like doves; now it is time to really get smart. In order to have a positive impact, believers need to master their craft and do it with excellence so they can bring to the table good works that reflect their faith. We were blessed that all our past work on shows like The Voice, The Apprentice, and Touched by an Angel gave us the leverage to produce our passion projects: The Bible series, The Bible movie, and A.D. Now we are blessed to have produced with MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures a reimagining of the epic tale Ben-Hur.
We agree with Megan: we need to be a part of the culture in order to change the culture. We have spoken about this with Megan over the years when she interviewed us about The Bible series and A.D. We know God calls us to be salt and light in this world. It is not always easy, but it can be done. Megan’s book offers a practical, honest look at one person’s experience in the entertainment industry, and her story offers great encouragement for those who want to take that journey, too.
— Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, founders of Lightworkers Media
Table of Contents
A Seat at the Table Roma Downey Mark Burnett 1
My Journey Richard Mary Shrader 15
Do the Hustle Michael W. Smith 37
Mentors Duane Adler 51
Launching Pads Javier La Fianza Hugh O'Brian 63
Red Carpet Realities Christina Shane Nearman 79
Stepping Out of the Boat Storme Warren 95
Covering the NFL Kirk Cousins 109
Tiger Woods J. Warner Wallace 123
Life Does Not Always Follow a Script David A. R. White 137
Let's Negotiate! Matthew H. Kingsley 153
Sleep Your Way to the Top DeVon Franklin 173
Redefining Beauty Kirsten Haglund-Smith 187
The Modern-Day Proverbs 31 Woman Kelly Maguire 203
Remember Who You Are Gabby Douglas 219
The Finals Are Never Over Dr. Rice Broocks 233