The moment has arrived. Kickoff is just around the corner. For over a year now, I have spent every hour, minute, and even second of my spare time it seems, filming. I have put so much sweat, blood, and often even tears into this 10 part series… and now, it is officially the time for it to air. How will it do. Will it be rated highly? will it be average? Does it matter? Bottom line is, this is something I believe in, and feel in some weird sort of way, this is what I am destined to do.
I do not remember when was the last time that I was so nervous. After spending the last few days before the show doing over 30 radio shows US wide for promotion, And making sure my computer is ready to try this new thing called “live tweeting” during the show, (something NatGeo wanted) here we go.
A little about the show. This is a 10 part documentary following my life story, my new families, and that of some of my ex Amish friends in and around Columbia, Mo. since they left the Amish. It begins with the Yoder boys going out to an Amish community and picking up a new kid who wishes to leave. Problem is, the kid backs out and they just wasted 7 hrs of driving. At some point during the 10 episodes, I will be taking a road trip, which takes me through Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and finally, Pennsylvania. It follows a good friend of
Chris L. lands heavy punches on his opponent.
mine who wishes to become an MMA fighter, an English girl who desperately wishes to leave behind the High School life, and convert to Amish, several of the ex Amish kids as they build new life’s and find jobs in the outside world. Some of them even travel as for as Oklahoma and work in the oil fields. he series follows multiple story lines, some of them uplifting and inspirational, some sad and very tragic, and some just plain will move you to tears.
It goes without saying that there has been a little criticism regarding the filming of the show, since it is regarding a people who don’t wish to be filmed or talked about. That being said, I have no regrets. I feel, and have always felt that for every person who is a doubter, there are 100 people who have been and will continue to be inspired by it. do not know possible for any one person to stand up and do something in the spotlight without having critics. But at the end of the day, that is truly what this series is about for me. An opportunity for the network, cast, and NatGeo to put together a series that gives hope, inspires, and educates.
I wish nothing but good to come from it, and hope it is rated high, and is well received. Regardless, I rest knowing that I did the best I could possibly do for my part, and now comes the hard part… watch it cross the big screen for the first time and receive the feedback.