Throughout high school, being in a tight Christian community with great resources like ICC, people kept telling me, “This is not real life”. While on tour as an intern, people continued to say the same thing. I kept thinking that “real life” wasn’t ever going to come.
However, after many talks with teammates and mentors, I realized that real life is any new stage of life that challenges me. Tour was “real life” compared to being at home. My first job was “real life” compared to internship. ICC taught me how to live within the next challenge of “real life”. ICC didn’t just teach me how to speak well and respect people, it also taught me how to serve and how to create meaningful stories. It taught me how to live the “real life”.
One day I was out walking my dog and Wendell called me asking if I would like to participate in Frame It Up, a media intensive held at ICC’s training center. I attended and though I had been an avid photographer with no dream of film, I was instantly hooked and pulled into the world of videography. At the following iCon in Virginia I was a part of the media PREP team and continued to hone my skills while learning from other mentors. Being a member of the 2015-16 intern team I, along with others, was able to continue ICC’s powerful use of media while on the road.
I recently moved to Alaska taking a job with Alaska Seaplanes, an air-taxi service in Southeast Alaska. They have asked me to develop promotional videos, update the website and write ads in the local paper. Everything that ICC taught me, service, thinking outside of the frame, accepting challenges, and creativity, has helped me in my new job. I am able to tell the story of Alaska Seaplanes and show others why we do what we do. I’ve even unconsciously analyzed my audience before developing a video. All lessons learned through ICC.
This is my “real life” facing each challenge as it comes, transforming lives through Christ’s love, for God’s glory.
//Clark Gebel//2015 Intern