Today we are thrilled to share a conversation with Blaine Hogan. Blaine is a director and story teller. For nearly a decade, Blaine acted on television and in theaters across the country. He served as creative director at a mega church, and as a writer and director he has spent the last ten years creating short films, documentaries, and music videos – directing the likes of LeBron James and Lindsey Vonn. This conversation was raw and beautiful. We cover Blaine’s own journey, his craft, his sobriety, and how he helps others “exit the cave” and experience greater freedom.
On acting and telling stories Blaine shares, “I exited my body into another character and thus learned how to tell other people’s stories. But in retrospect I realize how often I was telling my own story… we all exit our bodies in different ways. We all have different ways to manage the pain.”
When we asked Blaine what he’s afraid will work, and what he’s afraid won’t work, he shared, “I’m afraid of freedom. I’m afraid that the goodness and grace and amazing, wonderful parts of life won’t work. But at the same time, while I am afraid that goodness won’t work, boy…. I am so afraid that it will. What will I do if goodness does work? … When our girls go to school we have this little mantra in our house as the girls get ready to leave: ‘Be kind. Have courage. Fail. Be an encourager. Hogans do it afraid.’ The fear of something not working, that’s fine. Just go do it. Commit to doing it afraid…Fear is never going away, so just commit to doing it afraid.”
Blaine’s thoughts, experiences, and stories, from overcoming addition to directing LeBron James, are so full of authenticity. It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.