The last few weeks have been very important for the Final Call Productions team, especially since Jermaine was preparing for the final round of The Pitch competition and also just to give the team some time to plan for the next coming months.
As you're aware, Jermaine’s been competing at The Pitch these past few months and was able to make it to the final 10. His experience alone has taught us a great lesson, which has influenced us to strengthen our faith, especially when God says No. See, how many times have you ever wanted something so bad that in your mind there is nothing else that can ever beat what is presented to you. Something you have prayed for days upon months and even years? You’ve even gone as far as fasting. But in the midst of your deepest prayer request, God comes to you and says one word that just breaks your heart, “No”. It’s painful and upsetting, and all you can think of is “why God, why me, why not?” Well, through experiences we’ve come to realise that God doesn’t exactly say no. Instead, he provides us with a replacement which would provide us with a better opportunity to gain a better experience and at the same time maximise our potential with our attained skills and networks.
So here is what happened…
Following the retreat in the Lake District with The Pitch, Jermaine was able to note down some really interesting techniques that would help improve his presentation in front of the judges. Everything went really well, even on the actual finals day of The Pitch. Jermaine was competing against some very interesting stories.
On the day of the finals at Pinewood Studios, Jermaine had some time to go through one more round of coaching, before the real deal took place. Meanwhile, the rest of the FCP team was nervously awaiting some feedback from Mrs Wong (Wife & Business Partner) as to whether we had won or not. By 6:19pm, the message came through “Bad news guys, he didn’t get through”.
Here’s Jermaine’s account:
“Speaking with the judges afterwards they encouraged me not to give up, some of them were in there fighting for me so I definitely know I was on to a good thing!
I’ve made some excellent contacts and connections, new friends, well-needed expertise and a tour of the Pinewood studios OUR future project base!! 😏 Some people I spoke to about my film had never considered some of the concepts I addressed in my film pitch so actually, I got the opportunity to impart knowledge and minister! Even though we didn't win I'm still of the belief that God put me here for a reason. I'm grateful and look forward to seeing what God does next!”
So even though we didn’t win this time the feedback Jermaine got was amazing! “I added spoken word to my pitch which they loved, they liked the film idea and my pitch was superb. I did my best and I'm proud of what I learnt, applied and achieved” (Jermaine). So we are extremely excited to have had this experience because it’s not always that you have the opportunity to reach this far into a competition for such a large amount of money. Hopefully, this inspires you all to not give up on what you want and at the same time not to lose hope when the options you are provided with don’t exactly match your request because your never know what doors that one experience will open.
Stay encouraged, God Bless,