Tell us about who you are and a little bit about your background?
I’m Brad Silverman and have been an independent filmmaker for 15 years. I grew up in the SF Valley of Los Angeles and pursued stand-up comedy and acting until my life was radically changed by Jesus Christ. I thought I was heading into full-time ministry – but God had other plans. I found my way to writing and directing films including Grace Unplugged and Selfie Dad. And recently I teamed with Paul Long of Kappa Studios to help other faith & family film & TV creators in all aspects of post-production, and distribution. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0798888/
Tell us about your business. What services do you offer?
Kappa Studios is a true one-stop-shop for all things post-production. I was a client for many years as it quickly became my favorite post-facility by far. Basically we’re able to bring a truly creative and marketing asset to faith & family content creators with color grading, sound packages, trailers, VFX, animation, deliverables, quality control as well as help the projects find distribution homes.
What would you say is the secret to a successful business?
Prayer and hard work. Paul and I start each morning with 30-45 minutes of prayer and searching the scriptures – basically we share with each other what God is teaching us through His Word. We often pray that God will bring in the business we need – then we strategize and work as hard as we can.
Have you ever felt like you wanted to give up?
Not really any feelings of giving up per se, but on many occasions, we’ve been drawn to radical dependence on God. Plus, there has been such joy in helping other filmmakers succeed that we stay motivated.
From left to right: Brad Silverman (Grace Unplugged, Selfie Dad); Christopher Jones (Mom’s Night Out, Unplanned); Daryl Lefever (I Can Only Imagine); Cary Solomon (God’s Not Dead, Unplanned); Dallas Jenkins (The Chosen); Chuck Konzelman (God’s Not Dead, Unplanned); Paul Long (President, Kappa Studios).
Have you ever experienced negativity from those closest to you? Family or friends?
I have been beyond blessed with supportive family and friends. My wife of 22 years has been my biggest fan and encourager – yet she still holds me accountable to keep my priorities straight. My friends, as well, are encouraging. I truly am blessed.
How would you encourage those who are experiencing negativity to power through?
For me, it’s really all about my relationship with God. My identity can never be in my work or business accomplishments – though, at times, I absolutely allow wrong thinking to creep in and find my value in my successes and failures. Thankfully I have a few people in my life (beginning with my wife) who will tell me the truth when my thinking starts to drift toward the negative.
What are your future goals regarding your business?
We really just want to help and bless other content creators who want to use their talents and resources to honor God and make quality, family and faith-friendly entertainment. We’re not trying to conquer the world, we just want to be faithful stewards of the business that God has given us. We always want to remember that all we have is His – as opposed to our own.
Are there and success quotes you’ve adapted that you now live by that you want to share to encourage others?
The Bible has everything we need for life and godliness – and that absolutely includes business. How we are to work, how we are to treat one another, treat employees, clients, etc. are all spelled out in the Scriptures. Our job is to be faithful.
interviewed by: Gina Carey