[In my line of work], I’ve probably been more open to experiences and stories that others wouldn’t tackle. Sure, there are times when I’ve encountered a story that I’m not thrilled about, but likewise, other believers [in other occupations] are called to represent clients that they also might not be too happy about. Instead of saying, “No,” and running away, why not say, “Yes?” The book is full of these situations.
CCM: We love that.
MA: That’s my philosophy. When Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were getting to set to launch The Bible series on the History Channel, they got a room of us together that they knew were believers within entertainment and media. Mark stood up in front of all of us and read Matthew 10:16 which says, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. He was really frank with us and said, “Look, we’ve done a great job with the ‘doves’ part, but we haven’t done so well with being smart as serpents.”
That was a light bulb moment for me and I thought, “Bingo, that’s what I believe, too.” Get in there and do good work, that’s life. God gave us this incredible, beautiful life, and I’m just not one of those people who believes it should be “us versus them.” I think we can figure out ways to work together. I have friends with different backgrounds, all types of faith, all various orientations in lifestyle, and God has never let me down on figuring out a way to still be a good, wonderful, loving friend to them while maintaining my values.
CCM: How do you manage everything in your “beautiful life” so well—spouse, mother, career, side projects, etc.?
MA: Oh, gosh, that’s a great question, and to be honest, I don’t think I’m really an expert on that. The book doesn’t focus on being a mom and a wife, because I’m just trying to do my best like everybody else. I will say this… Early on, when my husband and I started dating, I was very clear that I was really excited about my career, and that I wanted to pursue that before having kids right away. From day one, he was very supportive, and that was huge.
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