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700 Club Interactive - July 17, 2018

He is an entertainment lawyer representing some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Mark H. Maxwell discusses his new book, Networking Kills: Success Through Serving. Read Transcript


- [Narrator] The superhero

and sci-fi film industry is booming.

- We're not from here,

but it definitely bringsall the nerds together.

- [Narrator] How one aspiring animator

hopes to infuse some lightat a local comic convention.

- I think it's so important for Christians

just to be a light in terms

of making stuff that's uplifting.

- [Narrator] Plus he'sthe lawyer of the stars.

Find out why Mark Maxwell believes

the key to success isn'tabout who you know,

but who you serve.

That and more on today's700 Club Interactive.

- Well, welcome to the show.

Tammy Waddell was calleda teacher to the end

and last month the Georgiaeducator died from colon cancer.

- But when Waddell found outthat she didn't have much time,

she decided to request backpacksfull of school supplies

donated to children in needin lieu of funeral flowers.

After her death donations came pouring in.

More than 100 teacherswho worked with Waddell

throughout the years attended a special

pallbearers and carriedthe donated supplies.

Waddell's cousin, Dr. Brad Johnson,

told ABC News her final lessonwas about serving others,

what she had done her whole life.

Boy, that's pretty special.

- A very special life legacy to say

you're known for serving others.

And teachers definitely serve.

It is a life of sacrifice.

Nobody goes into thatprofession for the pay.

- Yeah.

- And the pay is seeinglittle children grow up

and learn and become members of society.

What a great lesson for them,

what a great lesson for all of us.

Well here's a Facebook post that's getting

the attention for the right reasons.

Kim Bass was sitting inher car at a local Walmart

waiting for her son tofinish his shopping.

- Well that's when she began taking

a few pictures with her phone

and she wrote this on Facebook,

"I watched this younggentleman putting carts up

and he had a smile onhis face the entire time.

Then an older gentleman parked his van

and before he got out theyoung gentleman went over

and patiently helped him getonto a motorized wheelchair.

Such a beautiful moment to witness."

Her post continued,

"This made me smile and Ihope it makes you smile too.

Share God's work so thatothers smile as well."

(chuckles) Boy, that's wonderful.

- Yeah, it's a great way to put it.

Share God's work andmake others smile too.

When you serve, when you give to others,

that's sort of thehighest thing you can do.

I've said for years the most spiritual

thing we can do is to help somebody else.

Well, we all know Chick-fil-A's ownership

is unapologetically Christian,

that's why the fast food restaurant

is a likely place for apraise singing flash mob.

Take a look.

(people chatting)

♪ Every praise is to our God ♪

♪ Every word of worship with one accord ♪

♪ Every praise, every praise ♪

♪ Is to our God ♪

♪ Sing hallelujah ♪

♪ God my savior ♪

♪ God my healer ♪

♪ God my deliverer ♪

♪ Yes, he is ♪

♪ Yes, he is ♪

♪ Yes, he is ♪

♪ God my savior ♪

♪ God my healer ♪

♪ God my deliverer ♪

♪ Yes, he is ♪

♪ Yes, he is ♪

♪ And we praise to our God ♪

♪ Every word of worship with one accord ♪

♪ Every praise, every praise ♪

♪ Is to our God ♪

♪ Sing hallelujah to our God ♪

♪ Glory hallelujah is to our God ♪

- Wow, that happened in Atlanta, Georgia,

and you can obviouslytell they had training.

(chuckling)

They really nailed that,that was really beautiful.

- I wanna be in a place where

one of those flash mob things happens.

I just think it's so--

- We could arrange that, Terry.

- Thank you, I'll be surprised.

(Gordon laughs)

This gives new meaning tograce before dinner, right?

(laughing)

Just saying.

How awesome is that?

- And to the words of the Torah,

and when you have eaten and are satisfied,

give thanks to the Lord, your God.

- (chuckles) Amen.

- Well so far this year superhero films

have grossed over five billion dollars

and with the successof the Marvel universe,

that trend doesn't appearto changing anytime soon.

- Comic conventions around the country

have spiked in popularity andas you might have guessed,

more and more people are attempting

to make careers in the industry.

Recently Caleb Kinchlowvisited the Tidewater Comicon

where one writer and animator hopes

to be a light to the comic world.

(bright music)

- [Caleb] What began as the dream of one

local comic book collector in 2014,

has transformed into Hampton Roads'

largest comic gatheringknown as Tidewater Comicon.

- I drafted myself to say I want something

like this in my own hometown,

so I had to sell a lottacomic books, sell my car,

all that kind of stuff to just get

all the funding to make this happen.

- Thanks to yard sales and fundraisers,

the event changed froma small hotel gathering

(chuckles) to being this massive event

here at the VirginiaBeach Convention Center.

(groans)

- We're not from here,

but it definitely bringsall the nerds together.

It's definitely a big community event.

- [Male] It helps out the smallguy, you know what I mean.

Gives more exposure to everybody.

- Artists are artists andeverybody whose making art

is worthy of some smallamount of attention.

just be like here come check the out,

if you like what they do, support them.

They might be the superstars of tomorrow.

- It's starts locally.

You start at a local arts class

where you're learning how to do anime.

It's community and artistsneed to have that community

and they need to be supported.

- I mean the independentpeople are the people

on the base level that arecreating from the ground up.

And we sit on each other's shoulders,

so it's important for us to inspire them

and help them to go on andcreate even bigger things.

(triumphant music)

- There are over 500 exhibitorsranging from celebrities,

dealers, and creators with aproduct and a story to tell.

Animator Justin Garcia is one of them.

How did you get started in animation?

- Ever since I was three years old

it's been something that I've wanted to do

basically as long as I can remember.

I was fascinated with cartoons

and I remember drawing posters and stuff

of cartoons I wanted to make.

I got my degree at RegentUniversity in animation.

During that time I gotto intern at Dreamworks

slash Big Idea on Veggietaleson their Netflix show.

Then immediately aftergraduating from Regent

I went right across the street

and started working at Superbookfor a bit as an editor.

- [Caleb] Justin's passion for animation

led him to start his owncompany, Budgess Man.

- I had started in animation,

I was just doing animatedshorts and stuff.

I did some live action shorts later,

started getting into doing some

publishing stuff with Budgess Man.

So I've done a couple of comic books,

a couple storybooks,

and then right now I'm working on

finishing up my first chapter book.

Last year I did my first mobile game,

which is called Rodger Dodge.

And so it's a free simple tap game,

but using all of myknowledge in animation,

kinda transferring that over.

There's so much crossover inall these different media forms

and so I kinda just wannabasically play in all of them.

- [Caleb] And fueling it all is his faith.

- And I think it's soimportant for Christians

just to be a light in terms

of making stuff that's uplifting.

And that doesn't always mean making things

that are explicitly Christian,

but just making things that

kind of spread positive messages

and positive world viewsto lift people's spirits.

(bright music)

- Amen.- Wow.

- (chuckles) Yeah, that'sa wonderful thing to do.

Up next, he's a soughtafter entertainment lawyer

who says networking kills.

Mark Maxwell joins uslive right after this.

(light bright music)

When big stars need legaladvice, they know who to find.

Mark C. Maxwell is an entertainment lawyer

and Mark has a message of hope.

- Talking about they'regoing to find success.

- [Narrator] Mark H.Maxwell is a sought after

entertainment lawyer whose clients include

some of the most prominentfaces in the industry.

He knows what it takes to achieve success

in one of the most cutthroat businesses in America.

Mark is also a professorat Belmont University

and has launched hundreds

of young adults into their careers.

He says there is a way to findsuccess and a meaningful job.

In his book, Networking Kills,

Mark puts together a road map for others

at any stage of their career to find

fulfillment and joy in life.

- Well Mark joins us now

and you did somethinginteresting with your book,

you put it out as an e-book

and then you suggest that each chapter

have a different music track to it.

Why did you do that?

- Well I teach in theMusic Business School

at Belmont University, I'man entertainment attorney.

So many of my clients and students

are in the music industry andit's a big part of my life.

I teach copyright law,

I teach a class on Bob Dylan at Belmont

and so it was a natural fit.

- [Gordon] That's an interesting class.

- Yeah.

- I didn't know that.

- Yeah, it's a natural fit to have music

that goes along with eachchapter of the books.

- In the book you talk about how

our current version of networking

and it's interesting tohear an entertainment lawyer

say networking kills,

because networking is allpart of your business.

That's what you do,

you connect people whoknow how to do things

and get product out in the marketplace.

But why do you say that?

Just what's going on with networking today

that you really don't like?

- I think I've seen itpersonally in my own life

and I think I've seen the pressure

that college students arefeeling because of that concept.

They walk into class the first day

and they hear if you wannafind a job upon graduation,

you better start networking now.

And they don't like it,

they feel like it's insincere

and it's about building inauthentic

relationships at the expense of others.

And so what I've over theyears seen in my own career

and what I'm telling studentsnow is you know what,

it's not about staying home

and life is aboutcollaboration with others,

but it's about your heart.

Why are you connecting with others?

And learn to begin to connect with others

to bring value to their lives.

Learn to do things to serveothers as opposed to taking,

a selfish kind of exploitiveway of dealing with people.

- How do we do thatthough with the current

platforms that are outthere where it's all rated

based on the number of likesor the number of comments

or the numbers of shares?

So it's all about what my network does

with the content that I post.

How do you turn thataround in today's world?

- Yeah, I think there's a place for that

from a marketing stand point, of course,

but it's learning to find balance.

Because I think the hardest part too

is with a lot of creative people

they're so focused on likesand views and followers

that they're not really spending the time

to develop their craft, their expertise,

learning to write really great songs,

learning to make really wonderful films.

Whatever their craft is,

if they're focused there it becomes

a faulty substitute and a distraction

for the great work that'sneeded for those things.

It's learning to find a balance I think.

- I've actually heardfrom content creators

that they don't know whatis going to be successful.

And then in many times it'snot about the craft anymore,

it's about how does it go viral

and that is so unpredictable.

And the argument is why spendthe time to get really good

if I'm going to have sucha small audience for it.

How would you respond to that?

- Well I think part of it is creating

something lasting that has value,

'cause I think thingsthat people still look at

in terms of art 20, 30,of 40 years from now

were things that were a lotof time was built into those.

I think flash in the pantssuccess happens all the time,

I see it lots of timesin the music business

where people have a moment of success,

but are they building a catalog of songs

or an approach that's reallygonna have impact on people

that people are gonna betalking about 20 years from now?

I think that's the question.

'cause I think sometimes having

a pop song that it goes viral,

there's lots of greatexamples of that, but--

- [Gordon] Flash in the pants.

- Flash in the pants.

But it's important to build something.

If you're an artist I thinkyou've gotta view your art

as I've been given this talentand these creative gifts

to give something of value to others.

I have a platform on astage not for the applause,

not for my own identityand my own self-worth,

but I've been given these gifts to really

sew those into someone else's life.

And so I think that's--

- Is that why you teachthe class on Bob Dylan?

- Exactly, it really is.

I teach a class, I teach copyright law,

I teach a class on faith and culture,

and I do the Dylan classbecause, well, couple reasons.

There's a lot of historywith Bob Dylan in Nashville,

some of his greatestrecords were made there.

- [Gordon] Nashville Skyline.

- Yeah, exactly.

We have a great songwritingprogram at Belmont

and he's probably the greatestliving songwriter of our day

and he also has a greatcatalog of gospel songs.

So it's an interestingway to show students today

his history and what hedid with his writing.

And just the expertise, he's a master.

He just won the Nobel Prize recently.

- Yeah, he's definitely oneof the top artist of our age.

How did you get into entertainment law?

I mean your story is fascinating.

Everything seemed to bestacked against you growing up,

but still you made it.

How did that happen?

- Well, I ended up working at Word

upon graduation from college.

And through my early monthsat Word I became a believer

and interesting you go toa Christian record company

and become a Christian afterworking at that company.

And it changed my life.

It was a really a job I thought--

- [Gordon] How did you get hired?

- I worked there as an internmy senior year in college

and they liked my workethic and went to work there

and then my life was changedfrom the artists there

and from the employees that were there.

And a career that I really didn't want,

I thought was maybe a few months

before I moved into advertising

or something else became a 11 year career.

And I just loved it.

I loved helping young creativepeople develop their music.

I oversaw a lot of recordings.

And then the big change came when

I decided my time was up there

and God really put on my heart

to go to law school in my thirties.

And so that's when I came hereto Virginia Beach to Regent.

- That's a big step,that's a big career change.

A lot of people I thinktoday are encouraged

by the technology that's available,

where you can either do high end video

or you can do high end music

and you don't have to have the big,

expensive recording studio,

the big, expensive editing suite anymore.

These are all now available for laptops.

What would you tell a content creator,

what would you tell them to do?

What would be number one for you?

- Learn to be an expertat what you're doing,

spend the time.

Don't go for the shortcuts.

Certainly use the technology,

but if you wanna be a great filmmaker,

study the great filmmakers.

If you wanna write great songs,

study the great songwriters.

What made those songs great?

Why are we still singingsongs about the Beatles?

Why are certain worshipsongs still being sung?

Why are certain hymns still being sung?

Really study those things andlearn what makes those great.

Why do people still careabout certain artists

and certain films out there?

And then use the technologyfor your benefit,

be a person who is alwaysup on the latest thing

and continue to grow with it.

It's getting cheaper andcheaper to make films

and to make recordings,so use that technology.

But again, don't short change yourself

on really learning what makes a great song

or what makes a great film.

That's very important.

- I've gotta give you a plug,

you're the one who discovered MercyMe.

- Yes. (chuckles)

- And the song I Can Only Imagine.

What led you to that?

- You know I had heard about them

and I went to see themplay a concert in Dallas

and just was really taken with them

and they were very young at that point,

mostly doing cover songs.

But I just love their heats,I love what they were about.

They had a great following.

They were an independent artist,

they'd already sold 100,000 records

on their own as an independent artist.

- [Gordon] Wow.

- But they were doingmostly covers by other folks

and then Bart sent me thatsong, I Can Only Imagine,

and it was like okay,now you've got something.

'cause I think that was the struggle,

they were trying to learnhow to write and develop.

And so one of my greatest honors

was actually to introduce them

to the gentleman who hired me at work

back who was really responsible

for me coming to know Christ.

And so he then had a smallindependent record label

and I was able to introduceJeff Moseley to the band

and they went on and hadgreat success with that song.

We didn't know it wasgonna be that successful,

but we knew there was somethingspecial about it. (laughs)

- You knew there was somethingspecial so you took it.

Well Mark's book iscalled Networking Kills

and it's available as an e-book.

And for more informationjust go to cbn.com

and we'll tell you how to get it.

Mark, thanks for being with us.

- Thank you for having me.

- All right Terry, over to you.

Well up next a basketball coachis sidelined by neck pain.

Watch what gets her back in the game

pain free right after this.

(light suspenseful music)

For six months Heather Kelly had a literal

pain in her neck that affectedevery aspect of her life,

especially her job as ateacher and basketball coach.

Heather saw several doctors and she spent

thousands of dollars getting massages,

but nothing helped until the day

she came across the 700 Club.

- [Narrator] In additionto being a wife and mother,

there's something elsethat defines Heather Kelly,

her love for coaching high school sports.

- This is my livelihood andmy calling I feel, I love it.

Without a doubt it's my passion.

- [Narrator] And for Heatherbeing a successful coach

includes scrimmaging with the athletes.

But when she startedfeeling neck pain in 2015,

she found it difficult to do her job.

- It really hit me in basketball practice

when I kinda pride myselfon being a good passer

and I went to throw a pass andit just fell out of my arm.

- [Narrator] Eventually shecouldn't participate at all.

Even the most simple movementscaused excruciating pain.

- I would get to a stop sign,

I would get so frustrated

because I didn't have thatmobility to look left and right.

So I'd stop and I'd literallyhave to turn my whole body.

- [Narrator] Before long the pain

was affecting her home life as well.

- So I felt like I was definitely

letting everybody around me down,

especially when I got home.

I felt like I was letting my family down.

I didn't wanna cook, I didn't wanna clean.

I didn't wanna be the wife

or the mother I was supposed to be.

- That's actually all she reallytalked about was her neck.

My neck, my neck.

Just seeing her being depressed like that

was just awful to see.

- I went to several different doctors

and they kept giving mepills to mask the pain

and help me with the pain,

but we really couldn'tfigure out what was going on.

I spent thousands ofdollars getting massages

trying to work it out.

I was trying to do everything I knew,

using every resource I knew how

and just not seeing any type of results.

I prayed all the time.

I felt like God was not hearing me at all

and I didn't understand.

I remember one time getting so depressed

and just sitting on thefloor and just crying

and saying I don't knowwhat to do anymore,

I'm just over this.

- [Narrator] Heather had beenin pain for about six months

when she stumbled onto the 700 Club,

Terry and Gordon weregiving words of knowledge.

- I honestly thoughtit was all hocus pocus.

I though this is really weird,

but I had folded my hands,I was sitting on the couch,

and I bent my head and whilethey were praying for people.

And Terry came on and said--

- Someone else, you have a problem

with some of the vertebraeat the top of your spine

and it makes your neck tight.

God is just healingthat for you right now,

you're gonna feel a kind ofa warmth in that upper part.

Just move your heard around

and there's freedom there for you.

- I was so overcome I saidGod, she's talking to me.

As soon as I lifted my head,

it was like a snap anda release for my body.

I was so overcome withjoy I started crying.

I remember the first thing I did

was moving my head left to right

'cause I could not do that for so long.

I knew I was healed.

First I said thank you God for healing me.

Thank you, and I just started crying.

- Then my wife calledme and she said Shane,

I've been healed, I've been healed.

And I was like what do you mean?

She goes I can move myneck, Jesus healed me.

I mean as soon as she was healed,

she got back to her old self.

She started to wanna get back to work

and do things like she couldn't do before.

And it was just yeah, itwas an immediate change.

And just to see herback to her normal self

was just amazing to me.

- [Narrator] Heather has beengoing full speed ever since.

- I can get back out there,

I can play with the kids again.

I'm not very good,

(laughs) but I can get outthere and be a part of it.

Being able to pass and just little stuff

you take for granted every day.

And what a blessing.

That was the biggest thing for me

is he knows my name.

He knows Heather and howamazing that is to know

that God really does knoweach and every one of us

and how much he loves us andreally does care about us.

- He does know Heather's name.

Here's the great news,he knows your name too.

I don't know who you are

or what you're suffering with today,

but I know that many, many of you

have things that you are praying about

and asking God to impact,

to do something about, to change.

Maybe it's changing you.

There are all kinds ofthings that impact our lives.

It can be the pain of a physicalsituation like Heather had,

but maybe you have arelationship that's falling apart

or maybe you have an addiction

that you haven't bee ableto get rid of in your life.

Jesus said that he came,that we would have life,

and that we would havethat life abundantly.

Well, abundantly meanswith joy, with gusto,

to appreciate it,

to be able to have joyand fun in the moment.

I think God wants usto love life that way.

It doesn't mean that everythingalways goes your way,

but if you've got somethingyou've been praying for

before the throne room of God,

we wanna link arms with you today.

We wanna link hearts with you.

The Bible says where we'regathered together in unity

in the name of Jesus hehears what we're asking

and it will be done.

So, let's link arms today and let's pray.

- Yeah, I love what Heather said.

She thought it was hocus pocus.

(Terry chuckles)

This isn't hocus pocus,

this isn't mind over matter,

this isn't drumming up faith,

this isn't bargaining with God,

this is a realization thatby his stripes we are healed.

The cross is for you andyes, he knows you by name.

He saw you from that moment in time

and it gave him great joy.

For the joy set beforehim he endured the cross.

Your healing came at a great price

and all you have to do is receive it.

So with that attitude,

let's come to him with thanks.

Giving him thanksgiving,

let's praise him forwhat he's already done.

And let's receive rightnow in Jesus' name.

Lord, we lift those who arecrying out for miracles,

who are even wonderinghow does this ever happen.

And Lord, we just ask thatyou would open their eyes

and give them a heart of understanding

so that they can receivewhat you so freely give.

So stretch forth your hand to do miracles,

restore now, heal now,

for we ask it in Jesus' name.

There's someone watching,

you have a very similar injury

to what Heather was describingand it's in your right arm

and there's pinched nerves

and there's tremendousweakness in your arm.

And you can't do things anymore

and there's pain, there's stiffness,

there's muscles that are just bound up.

God is healing that.

He's relieving now thepressure on that nerve.

You're getting full sensation,

no more numbness, no more tingling.

What you couldn't do before,

do it now and realize that you

have been healed now by Jesus Christ.

Terry.

- There's an older woman,

well, okay, (chuckles)your name is Mildred.

I know Mildred, Iwouldn't like that either,

but (chuckles) I'm justsaying God knows your name.

You are suffering from some things

that you have just kind ofsettled for like you've said,

I'm aging, this comes with aging.

Today, Jesus is setting you free

from those pains and those conditions.

And you will be made welland whole again in his name.

- Someone else with psoriasis,

God is just healingyou, healing your liver,

healing your skin in Jesus' name, amen.

And amen.

If you need healing,prayer, we're here for you.

1 800 700 7000.

Here's a verse,

"The Lord is good, a strongholdin the day of trouble

and he knows those who trust in him."

(light joyful music)

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