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Executive Director, Screenwriter, Author
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The Grove Center for the Arts & Media
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Joey O'Connor's Art, Life & Faith Blog

Great Power and Beauty Await You

This weekend, great power and beauty await you if you’re willing to stop and be still. I don’t know about you, but the past few weeks, my life has been pretty hectic with lots of work, high school graduation parties and family birthdays. I come from a large family, so between Krista’s family and my […]

5 Secrets of Flourishing Artists - A Free Webinar

Are you a flourishing artist? Or do you feel discouraged and overwhelmed like you’re floundering? Whether you’re flourishing, floundering or somewhere in between, I’d like to invite you to listen to this free webinar, 5 Secrets of Flourishing Artists. As a writer for over twenty years, I’ve certainly gone through seasons where I feel like […]

A New Free Gift for You! 7 HARD Questions for Every Artist

Last year I wrote a blog post titled, “7 HARD Questions for Every Artist.” The post was designed to help all of us cultivate a more beautiful life. I don’t know about you, but the EASY questions never do much for me. Easy questions keep me in my comfort zones, never pushing or prodding me […]

Who Has Helped You Cross Your Finish Line?

Think of all your mountain-top successes and face-grinding failures. Your valiant victories and deadening defeats. Your golden trophies and locker-room second-guessing. All those wonderful wins and heart-breaking losses. Before you take too much credit and get swollen with pride or stand on your toes, pointing your finger, blaming everyone in sight, just remember this: For […]

Are You Backing Down from Trouble

video Are You Backing Down from Trouble?
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If you’re facing trouble, relationship conflicts, struggles and pain that could deepen your character, let me ask you a simple question: Are you backing down from trouble? Are you afraid to show trouble who you really are? Have you, somehow, bought into the lie that creating a beautiful life would be easy? That you would never be opposed? That conflict would never involve hard work to reach for creative solutions?

A friend of mine recently shared Hello Trouble, a great Gerber knife video with me and as you go into this weekend…

I’d like to encourage you to watch this video two or three times. Soak it in. Ask God to show you where your heart goes when trouble gets in your grill. Consider, how do you respond to trouble? Do you back down? Do you engage? Do you go passive? Or are you aggressive, but obnoxiously so, coming out swinging with a harsh defensiveness you are blind to? Or do you pray, reflect, ask Jesus for wisdom how to best respond? Jesus certainly didn’t engage with every conflict in front of him, especially when he was being baited by the religious elite.

Trouble does and will test us. When trouble knocks at your door, it takes wisdom to know when to invite it in, when to keep the door shut, and when to take it outside. Game on.

Trouble reveals the best of us and the worst of us. Whatever your response, don’t back down from trouble. Show trouble who you really are.

Question: How do you handle trouble? When is it wise to engage or disengage in a conflict? How can your troubles deepen your character and develop deeper union with God?

I’d love your thoughts and comments.

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Joey O'Connor commented on Brian Bird's blog post When Calls the Heart: A Long Day's Journey into Production
"These are such encouraging words Brian...thank you! "Hard is good," has been floating around my heart and mind lately. Had I known from the beginning that two feature film projects would now be six and four years in development, I…"
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5 Secrets of Flourishing Artists at Southern California (and web)

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A free one-hour webinar by The Grove Center for the Arts & Media design to help you flourish in your creative life.Register today! Space is limited. More
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The Grove-Artist Financial Survey: Do you need financial guidance?

Hi VSN friends,The Grove Center for the Arts & Media (a Southern California arts ministry) is taking an informal survey regarding artists and their finances. As an artist, what areas of financial management do you find most frustrating or difficult?Do you personally have a need for practical financial advice?Are you interested in learning how to better steward your finances?If The Grove offered financial stewardship tools to help you, would you be interested in learning more?What kinds of…See More
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"WhatArtists, do you feel stuck & uninspired? Join The Grove Center for Pursuing Your Artistic Destiny webinar. are you up to?"
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Here's a pic of The Grove...12 acres of lemons & avocados! Located in Valley Center, North San Diego County

The vision of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media is to see Christ in culture through the arts & media. Our mission is to cultivate the spiritual growth and creative work of artists.

We're based in San Clemente, CA.

We host monthly Grove Gatherings, Artist Getaways, and practice Generosity by providing scholarship and small grants to artists.

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The Grove-Artist Financial Survey: Do you need financial guidance?

Hi VSN friends,

The Grove Center for the Arts & Media (a Southern California arts ministry) is taking an informal survey regarding artists and their finances.

  • As an artist, what areas of financial management do you find most frustrating or difficult?
  • Do you personally have a need for practical financial…

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:56pm

7 Hard Questions for Every Artist

I believe there are seven hard questions every artist must answer if they are really serious about their craft. Are these the only seven? Of course not, but I think it's important that we ask ourselves hard questions. The easy questions have never moved me out of comfort or complacency. You and I grow only when we ask ourselves the hard…


Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:34pm

3 Ways Parents Can Develop Creativity in Children

I think every parent likes the idea of developing creativity in their children. Who doesn't want creative kids? The problem is many parents don't always how. Creativity and innovation are admirable qualities in kids and adults alike, but if you were raised in a home where creativity wasn't valued, developing creativity in your children or grandchildren can be a challenge. Two weeks ago in the first…


Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:28pm

Introducing a New Video Ebook: Sound of A Spine-Poetry & Performance of Nick Macedo

I am so pleased to announce a new video poetry ebook called Sound of A Spine: Poetry & Performance of Nick Macedo published by …


Posted on June 28, 2012 at 4:00pm

Introducing Create: Transforming Stories of Art, Life & Faith

After two and a half years of working with 21 artists, I'm very happy to announce the official launch of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media's dynamic new video ebook optimized for the iPad, Kindle & Nook. It's called …


Posted on June 21, 2012 at 2:22pm

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At 12:07pm on May 22, 2010, Juanita Cassellius said…
Joey - thanks for checking in on the Viz Story Net site. I don't go to the site much but get their emails. I am on the Grove site. Since I'm the Alaska contact for Hollywood prayer Net, I continue to pray for LA media and beyond/ +Christians representing for Jesus in media.
In His grace and love,
At 1:10pm on August 18, 2009, Richard Shaw said…
If Christians who are able to fund projects don't get busy soon, there are significant areas where we will be left behind in the clutter of other blockbuster movies. We have to choose mainstream topics and not preachy ones. I'm sure you know that, but I've have to go commercial to get anything done. I've gotten a million poor excuses from people that should be backing what we're doing.
At 5:32pm on December 2, 2008, Scott Freeman said…
Hey Joey.
Clyde suggested that I connect with you, but I don't know why as your profile info is a bit sparse. Check out my sites sometime and see if you can see what he may have had in mind.

Take care!

Scott Freeman
At 7:40pm on June 18, 2008, Chris Bueno said…
It was good getting to know you and married life is great!

Let's try to get together soon.



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