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Tiffany Rott

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Unlikely Friends

You know how sometimes, you get an idea that sticks with you and then before you know it it has a life of its own and you can’t wait to see where it goes?

That’s exactly how the movie “Unlikely Friends” came into being.

It started with a comment to Josh, my co-worker, friend, and actor. The comment went something like, “We should make a movie!”

We were really excited about it, but I had no idea if the desire would stick. But a short three days later we were sitting down with a computer and newly downloaded Celtx (a scriptwriting program).

By the time we came back from Christmas break we had a full and completed script. A weekend after that we have final edits done, a title, and tagline. A week after that, we had a production schedule, costume and props plots, and a day to talk to people about using their locations. A weekend later, we had all locations nailed down and all we needed to do was wait for the first day of filming.

That begins next week!

If you want to keep up with all our updates and “behind the scenes” tidbits you can like us on Facebook.

It’s been so excited watching a comment come to full fruition. We have no idea where God will take this film, but we are excited by the possibilities.

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A New Year!

A new year is here! It seems to have come so suddenly. It sort of passed by without my noticing. In fact, I was sitting on my sister’s couch watching Indiana Jones and the Something of Something (I’m horrible at remembering which title goes with which movie) with her and then suddenly it was midnight! And a new year.

Wow, a new year.

When I got back to Indiana, this is what my new year looked like:

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I am really excited to see what God has in store for this year. He’s given me a glimpse of all the possibilities, and He is leading in some great ways! I’m hoping to have an announcement up on my Facebook page by this weekend.

As I wait for His leading, I have come up with some “goals” for this year:

  • To draw closer and closer to Him with every fiber of my being
  • To learn to listen to His prompts and act on them
  • To continue in my pursuit of excellence in my acting
  • To continue working on my children stories and illustrations
  • To continue working on my full-length novels
  • To let the whole world know about the MasterWorks Festival! (lucky for me, this one gets to be my job as well as my goal!)

Now that I look at that list, please excuse me……I think I have something to do!

Confession Time!

I feel the need to come clean about something.

I do not usually ride the waves of popularity that catches most of the world in its wake. I haven’t read Twilight. I don’t know what the fox says. And I have definitely NEVER twerked. Most fads, I just wave to as they pass me by.

But there is one that I have gotten caught up in.

The Hunger Games

I didn’t actually read The Hunger Games until the movie came out (I did, however, read the book before I saw the movie). But since then (October, 2012) I have read the series 15 times. Well, I’m still reading Mockingjay. When I’m done with that, I will have read the whole series 15 times in just over a year.

You might ask why I torture myself this way. Let me explain. If you’ve read the books, you know that by the time you are done, you are an emotional puddle on the floor. I don’t like being a puddle on the floor. In fact, it can be a very uncomfortable place to be. But the lessons in The Hunger Games are so important I don’t want to lose them.

Lessons like:

What entertains you?

In The Hunger Games, children from the outlying districts are sent into an arena to fight to the death as ENTERTAINMENT for the Capitol people. These people enjoy, bet on, and eagerly watch The Hunger Games to see which child, out of 24, will be left standing at the end.

I never want to end up like that. After reading the book, I seriously sat down and thought of what I did for entertainment. I asked myself to really look at the implications of what I was entertaining myself with. Now, I’m not really into reality television (especially after reading these books where the show Survivor closely resembles the premise of the Arena except people aren’t actually killed), but I thought about the shows I do watch and the books I read. In re-reading The Hunger Games, it gives me a renewed desire to make sure I’m entertaining myself with things that would show honor and glory to God and lift up those around me.

What would you do to save your family and friends?

The whole books begins with Katniss (the main character) volunteering to go into the arena for her younger sister, Prim. The idea of her sacrificing herself for her little sister prompts thoughts of unselfishness in me.

When I read about Katniss and everything she does for other people (she doesn’t want to go into the arena, she just wants her sister to go even less; she doesn’t want to kill people in the arena, but she does want to protect those around her who are depending on her; she doesn’t want  to defy the Capitol, but she can’t stand the thought of more people dying and the Capitol succeeding again; she doesn’t want to become the face and voice of the revolution, but she can’t stand the thought of how many people will die if she doesn’t), it makes me examine my life and see where I have become so self-focused, that I have missed the pain, hurt, and discouragement that is going on around me.

What can one person do that would really make a difference?

As I mentioned before, Katniss becomes the rallying point for the Districts in their fight against barbarism and unjustness. I know there have been times when I haven’t done something because I thought that one person couldn’t make a difference.

That’s not true. Especially now, with social media, it is very easy for one voice to become thousands……And think of all the good that could be done if one person began connecting people all over the world with the same vision and passion.

There are many other things I think of as I read the books, but these are the ones I come back to time and time again.

Of course, all of this is brought to the fore-front right now with the release of Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, tonight I’m going to see the movie for the second time.

Honestly, I don’t know when I’ve seen a movie adaptation that is this close to the book (with the exception of Pride and Prejudice which you can almost read word for word while watching the 1995 version). With that understanding, it is very intense, but brings up all these questions in my mind again.

So, I confess, I read The Hunger Games; I watch the movies; and, being an actor, I watch (read: obsessively find and view all) interviews with the actors. But, just as we are encouraged to do, I don’t read them mindlessly or only for entertainment. Through my Christian worldview, they become a jumping point for me to become closer to the world, friends, family, and, most importantly, my God.

 

Sochi, Russia

Sometimes the Lord doesn’t leave any room for you to guess what He has in store. Sometimes He leads your heart in no uncertain terms in a specific direction.

That happened to me this summer. I was attending the theatre program at the MasterWorks Festival and I overheard Rich Swingle, our program director, telling someone that he was leading a group of actors and musicians to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Immediately, I felt the call to go. I have only experienced this level of certainty of what God wanted me to do a few times in my life.

Once the website I was up I pored over the page and prayed. I was so encouraged by what I saw the team was going to do:

  • Further the long-range mission goals of the International Missions Board (IMB) Engage Sochi team using dramatic arts and music
  • Participate alongside IMB personnel during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with their evangelism and church planting project called Engage Sochi by:
  • Being the fragrance of Christ wherever you go and being Jesus to those you encounter
  • Sharing Christ through the ministry of dramatic arts and music through one-on-one encounters with people from all over the world using Olympic pin trading as your platform
  • Collecting contact information so that local church-planters can follow up with additional evangelism, discipleship, and church planting

After praying and allowing the Lord to lead me where He wanted me to go, I registered for the trip.

Please pray for this team!

  • Pray that all the details will be ironed out.
  • Pray that all travel arrangements can be made smoothly.
  • Pray that all support is raised.
  • Pray that God will, even now, be working in the hearts of the people we will be reaching out to in Sochi.
  • Please pray for safety while we are in Russia.
  • Pray for the piece we will be performing in the streets of Sochi.

During the trip I will be attempting to keep up with my blog and when I get home, I will be putting together a DVD of what the Lord did during the trip. If you would like a copy of the DVD, please email me and let me know by leaving a comment.

I am so excited to see how the Lord will work through this opportunity!

Give-Away Reminder

There are still 19 days to enter the Give-Away!

Here’s a reminder of my previous post:

I’ve decided to host a summer long Give-Away. The give-away consists of two of my own blends from Adagio Teas,  a teacup, and tea strainer.

Chosen Teas

The Chosen blend is based on the main character in my WIP, Kate. She has a story she wants the whole world to hear!

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I have created two blends (so far) for my First Laugh: A Fairy Tale line. There is a First Laugh and a Hope blend.

Since the give-away will last until August 17th, there are many ways to enter.

1. The easiest one is to comment on this blog.  (1 entry)

2. “Like” my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiffany-Rott/265983246872807?fref=ts (1 entry) (If you already have, let me know by commenting on this blog: 2 for 1 🙂 )

3. If you have never tried Adagio Teas before, let me know and I’ll send you a $5 dollar off coupon! (1 entry)

3. If you have a copy of First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, take a picture with it and share it with me! (2 entries)

4. If you have tried one of my Adagio Tea blends already, leave a review (3 entries)

5. If you have First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, review it on Amazon.com (4 entries)

Each time you do one of the above (and let me know 🙂 ) I’ll put your name on my list for the appropriate number of entries. Then on Aug 17 I’ll combine all entries and pull out the winner!

While I’m not going to be able to blog regularly, I am hoping to be keeping up with a picture blog of my adventures over the summer. Obviously that didn’t happen. 🙂

So here’s to Summer, Adventures, Acting, and Friends!

Summer Give-Away

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a week to go by as quickly as I do now. This Sunday starts The MasterWorks Festival! I am immersed in finishing up office work, character analysis, costume research, and line familiarizing…..and having the best time.

It also begins at least a month of disappearing from the blog.

So to make up for that, I’ve decided to host a summer long Give-Away. The give-away consists of two of my own blends from Adagio Teas,  a teacup, and tea strainer.

Chosen TeasThe Chosen blend is based on the main character in my WIP, Kate. She has a story she wants the whole world to hear!

Tea

 

I have created two blends (so far) for my First Laugh: A Fairy Tale line. There is a First Laugh and a Hope blend.

 

Since the give-away will last until August 17th, there are many ways to enter.

1. The easiest one is to comment on this blog. What are you doing this summer? If you write, what is you current WIP? (1 entry)

2. “Like” my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiffany-Rott/265983246872807?fref=ts (1 entry)

3. If you have never tried Adagio Teas before, let me know and I’ll send you a $5 dollar off coupon! (1 entry)

3. If you have a copy of First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, take a picture with it and share it with me! (2 entries)

4. If you have tried one of my Adagio Tea blends already, leave a review (3 entries)

5. If you have First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, review it on Amazon.com (4 entries)

Each time you do one of the above (and let me know 🙂 ) I’ll put your name on my list for the appropriate number of entries. Then on Aug 17 I’ll combine all entries and pull out the winner!

While I’m not going to be able to blog regularly, I am hoping to be keeping up with a picture blog of my adventures over the summer.

So here’s to Summer, Adventures, Acting, and Friends!

Just Stopping By

The summer has begun in earnest! My days are full of packing, line memorizing, lesson plan making, work planning. So I will be disappearing from the blog for the summer. (Although I’ll be appearing off-Broadway! 🙂 )

But come back next week for a very exciting giveaway I’m doing over the summer! I’m really excited about it and think you all will be too.

It has something to do with these:

Chosen Teas

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I’m really excited to share, but alas, lunch break is over. So I’ll be back next week with all the details. 🙂

Not really a new post but…..

…..I have done my first “guest blog”!

CPAF, where I work has a blog and I wrote a post for them. You can find it here: http://www.masterworksfestival.org/morelikehim.blog

Happy Friday Eve!

Truth

I am passionate about truth…..all kinds of truth. I really appreciate it when someone tells me the truth, even if it hurts a little at the time. I love it when truth wins out over lies. I especially appreciate it when God’s truth is communicated. Truth is very near and dear to my heart. My writing and acting are all based on communicating truth.

That is why I am so excited for this summer. I have been accepted into the MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program. We are performing Twelve Angry Jurors (Twelve Angry Men with a cast of men and women). I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about being involved in a play before.

I’ve done plays that were classics and I felt privileged to be a part of them. I’ve done Shakespeare and learned to love the language of the plays. I’ve done plays that were adaptations of familiar books and discovered new dimensions of old characters. I’ve even done improv and learned so much about creating a character.

But this play is all about truth. The discovery of truth. It starts out with a simple question, “Can we talk about truth? The truth that we’ve been presented with and the truth that is real.”

What a great way to start a conversation! Any conversation really. Our society hands us so much “truth” that we should start every discussion focusing on what is really true, and we know that God’s truth is the ultimate destination.

My prayer is that this play will prompt many of those conversations to begin. Even more so that the final week we will be performing in New York City. There is the obvious thrill of being able to add an off-Broadway performance to our resume, but even more than that is the thrill that we will be in a city that NEEDS truth desperately.

I would love for you to join me in prayer that are performances would go beyond the stage and touch people personally; that we would be able to talk with people afterward and tell them about the Author of truth.

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