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Off Camera . . . with Susana Zepeda Cagan

Our guest on “Off Camera” is Susana Zepeda Cagan, Vice President Talent of the TCM network.

Dan: Thank you for being with us, Susana. I want to start at the beginning: What and when was the spark that set you on a career course in the media?

Susana: The spark happened for me when I was in middle school and in school plays. Plays led me to movies, and I just loved losing myself in a story. It was very therapeutic for me in a very turbulent childhood. During college I was a TV news writer/producer, a great beginning for me.

Dan: How does your faith shape your approach to your job?

Susana: That’s a big question. As a producer (seller), you work so hard packaging a movie, and I often found myself having to compromise with a studio to get my films sold. I got so tired of compromising and needed to reinvent how I work, who I work with, and what I work on. I changed a lot, and now I work with talent, building them up—it’s about people first. God has shifted this in me. It changed the focus of my career, and my life is better for it.

Dan: Is there ever a tension between your personal values and beliefs and what is best for the network you serve?

Susana: There is often tension when working with strong people in a creative field. I ask God to help me watch my tongue and act in a way that pleases Him, and He helps me so much in business. When joining a company, I try to be really honest about who I am, how I think, and how I like to work. People are hiring me for my judgment, so I’m very up front about that. I’m sure I’ve missed out on some jobs because of this, but that’s okay. I work at having a strong relationship with the head of the company so I can be heard during times of moral disagreement. I try to be fair, and if I’m not fair I do my best to make matters right.

Dan: Thank you Susana. Your friends at Mastermedia appreciate who you are as a Christian, a media professional, and a follower of Christ within the media. And we ask our entire Mastermedia community to continue to pray for you.

The Power of a Good Story

“Tolkien believed so much in the power of a good story to reflect God that he wasn’t bothered that the Gospel themes weren’t as accessible in his writing as in C. S. Lewis’. He knew humans crave the meaning good stories give, drawing us closer to God.” —Philip Long

“The gospel is the true myth . . . the great fairy story. In the gospel of Christ all the elements of truth in the pagan myths find their fulfillment.” —J. R. R. Tolkien

“Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people’s minds under cover of romance without their knowing it.” —C. S. Lewis

“We believe the gospel is good beyond words. If it seems tired and dusty, we’ve forgotten the

unfathomable depth of God’s story.” —Philip Long

Fast Track to a Global World

According to blogger Jeff Bullas, the mobile phone has made digital media accessible for almost everyone. Check out these stats on going mobile in the developing world . . .

  • In India, mobile devices account for 72% of all website traffic.
  • There are 1.65 billion active mobile social accounts globally.
  • 561 million active mobile social accounts are located in East Asia.

As the leaders of digital media extend their reach across the globe through mobile devices, pray for God to infuse the mighty power of this platform with messages that uplift, inspire, and unify . . . and do so profitably.