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September 9, 2012
There is no easy way to put this so here I go lol
I am being interviewed for a documentary on self-injury as one who recovered and reformed from the behaviour. The director had found out of my affiliation and approached me about wanting to interview members of this church, esp clergy-members. We're filming in Los Angeles but we may be able to make other arrangements (like self-filming and inserting it or some such thing). You could be speaking on behalf of the church and it's stance, speaking as someone who modifies/manipulates and it's effects/difference, or as a self-injurer (or former).
To be honest I'm not sure why he wants to incorporate this into the film, but he was pushing it so figured I'd ask if someone had interest in joining the project. Frankly I am swamped finishing my paintings for the film and no time to dodge his questions for contact info. This is independently funded so not a paying gig. If anyone wants to join or has questions for him let me know and I'll play carrier when I get a free moment.
I am very wary of the media, and question why they want to speak with the CoBM. I could see good reason, and appreciate the chance to demonstrate a positive influence which the CoBM can have, but also feel there is potential for harm, especially given lack of editorial control. It can too easily become a freak show.
I've been approached on a number of occasions to be interviewed for a TV program. I feel a certain pressure to do this, as i want to educate others, and feel this is part of my role as minister.
There are risks for both the CoBM and myself personally though. I have discussed it with some reputable production companies, but have not yet been convinced.
For me it is about what is right for me. How will this benefit me and those i care about? Is that potential benefit worth the risks?
So for me i think i'd probably rather not. I'll pass this onto Chris though (although he's on honeymoon right now), to see if he or ministers might want to discuss this further.
September 9, 2012
If this director was "the media" or a big time production company, I'd not be worrying over money lol. As it stands all of my work from acting to set design has been pro-bono with promise of payment later (and me keeping tabs of how much he owes me).
This idea arrose because he caught my discussion on fb with someone about how everything from blood play to modifications have been a spiritually enlightening process for me and only done during significant times (when needed or marking something). He mentioned "we'll talk about this during your interview" and when I poked for more info I found out that he doesn't get how something that's "harmful" to the body is spiritually enlightening. Then he keeps prodding me to see if there are other church members who may want to offer opinions (esp if they were former self-injurers). I got tired of the constant prodding and told him I'd throw up a forum post to see if it'll get a bite lol.
Unfortunately I am stuck being in the film (one of the lead stories because I'm a success story for rehab). Yes I said unfortunately… only work with this guy till I get enough under my belt to get into a production house or something, personally can't stand him to the point he makes me violent just look think about him. Going to be filming me doing my races in the canyons and discussing all of the horror/gore torture paintings I do, basically anything that's been therapeutic… oldly all therapeutic things have also been spiritual things for me (the things I notice when typing, bed can't come soon enough).
February 3, 2008
I agree with Oakbear's words. I am approached quite often, by a wide variety of outlets, asking if I or any of our ministers are available for interview. It's rare that we take anyone up on the offer. As Oakbear said, when giving an interview, you rarely have any editorial control which means that your words can easily be twisted or misconstrued.
On the other hand, we do as many student interviews as possible. When it comes to high school or university/graduate students, their papers are usually more accurate and impartial and we do what we can to assist them.
Church of Body Modification, President
February 27, 2012
From my experiences, me and the media do not get along. Since my suspension team gained national attention because my neighbor is a douche, I don't give interviews. I've been on the news and in the newspaper far too much for my taste. Plus, the lack of editorial control usually painted us in a less-than-favorable light.
Just be careful with journalists…..they are sneaky.
October 3, 2011
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