A Hollywood story
WILMORE, KY—Mike Davis ’06 didn’t have a job, an apartment or even any leads when he packed his car and U-Haul trailer to move to Los Angeles last year. “I finally thought I had enough money saved up to give myself time to get settled,” Davis said. “I knew that God was calling me to Hollywood, and I was afraid if I didn’t leave soon, I never would.”
Davis’ savings didn’t hold out as he had hoped. With only $300 left after driving from Kentucky to Los Angeles, and a week reservation on a friend’s couch, Davis needed a job and apartment right away. “I had a sense that my first apartment and my first job would both come from leads within the Christian community,” he said. “I didn’t know quite what that would look like, and I was certainly pursuing ALL leads, no matter where they came from.”
He was right. On his way to Los Angeles from Kentucky he read an announcement in the Los Angeles Film School Center newsletter about an apartment in his price range with another alumnus from that program. Within a week, Davis was settled into his new apartment and set his sights on finding a job quickly.
However, after three weeks and 120 resumes and cover-letters, Davis had not received a single job interview or even notification that his applications were received. Finally, his roommate told him about a job listed in a newsletter from another Christian film school, which is closely tied to LAFSC and one that boasts numerous Asbury College graduates among their alumni. Davis thought he had all of the relevant qualifications for the job, but noticed that the company had planned to make hire the week prior.
Davis said, “Weary of the overly excited emails I had been rapid firing for the better part of a month, I attached my resume to a simple note that said, ‘I know you had hoped to have hired someone already, but I was just wondering if you were still trying to fill this position. I have the qualifications you’re looking for, and I believe I would be a great fit.'” Much to Davis’ surprise, the company e-mailed him back and asked him to come in for an interview.
Wanting to prepare for his interview, Davis tried to research the company, but was unable to find any background information. “I couldn’t find much about the company at all, so I went in almost empty handed in that respect,” Davis said. “So I walked in not expecting too much. It was my first interview, and most people said it would probably take several before I got a job.”
However, as he walked into the building he noticed several Marvel comic posters. A fan of X-Men as a child, Davis asked if the new show was for Marvel and told the producer how much he enjoyed the X-Men cartoon. Little did he know that the producer had actually produced the X-Men show as well. In addition, he also found out that one of the other interviewers was originally from Kentucky. “So despite my limited knowledge going in, I had accidentally said all the right things,” Quoting 2 Corinthians 12:9, he continues, “‘My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ It certainly was that day.”
Davis is now a production coordinator for “The Super Hero Squad Show.” In December, People magazine called the children’s show, which is wrapping up its first season, one of the year’s Best New Kid’s Shows. Stacking up against new shows from Nickelodeon, Disney, PBS and Cartoon Network, People calls The Super Hero Squad Show, “The best of the bunch (especially if you’ve got hero-crazed boys), this playful take on Wolverine and pals thankfully tones down the violence.”
The 2006 graduate of Asbury College’s media communication program says that the College’s liberal arts core prepared him well for his position with The Super Hero Squad Show. “Instead of training you for a single job, [the liberal arts curriculum] prepares you to learn almost anything,” Davis said. “Asbury gave me the foundation to build on, and a lot of materials to get started. It also went a long way in reinforcing my trust in God.”