Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
Hello, everyone out there! My name is Christopher 164 and Imma gonna be interviewing one of my best friends, whose name is also Christopher! Confused? Don’t be.
But this is going to be fun. He’s a part of GreenStreams Studio, which is a media studio comprised of his family members. He has helped numerous people, including Blimey Cow, The Ceiling Fan Podcast, and Say Goodnight Kevin (and those are only just some of the more notable ones . . . if I’m not mistaken)! He’s an awesome guy with and awesome heart for the awesome Lord! So, let’s give it up for Christopher Green!
Q: Thank you so much for letting me interview you!
A: My pleasure Christopher, by the way, you have a great name! I must say though, I am so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you with these answers (about 10 months in fact). I've had a lot going on. But enough of that, on to your questions sir!
Q: Well, it is taking us awhile to do this interview. I actually sent you these questions like in mid to late 2015, then you replied in mid 2016. Now I’m actually reading your answers for the first (or it could be second) time this month! We’re really stretching this.
A: Well it's good to do stretches every once in a while, right? It keeps our muscles in better shape.
Q: Enough of that. So, you have three siblings. Can you tell us who they are and what they do best?
A: I have an older brother, JJ, who is an animator and one of the subjects in my most personal blog post so far. I also have two younger sisters, the older of the two is Natasha, a musician and artist, and the co-producer of The Jimmy, Sam & Tommy Show. And the youngest is my sister Tamara, who is the sibling most people online know of, because of her Gluten Free food blog Life After Gluten. They're all great siblings, and I thank God for them.
Q: And all that comprises “Green Streams Studio.” Tell us about that and how it came to be. Also, where did you get the name?
A: Well, my siblings aren't everyone that comprises GreenStreams Studio. My parents are as much or more a part of it as we are. My Dad is a musician, artist, writer, photographer, teacher, editor, you name it! My Mom is a graphic designer and photographer. You'll also hear my Dad's voice in Shadows and Daylight as Police Commissioner Steven Delaney. And of course there are lots of of other people who we work with outside of the GreenStreams family core.
As for how GreenStreams came to be, that's a long story. It was a something God put on my parents hearts before I was born. It's been something we've talked about as long as I can remember. I believe the ultimate vision is a full-on movie production studio. We're getting there, but it will have to be in the Lord's timing. We have produced one film that was shown locally. In recent times, our audio dramas have been a good way to sharpen our skills and get us closer to that vision. As for the name, for most of my life we referred to it as "The Studio." When Kevin McCreary connected me up with Josh and Jordan Taylor so Natasha could score the first Blimey Cowtoon and I could aid in with sound design, we knew we were looking at something that would potentially drive a lot of traffic our way. So I had been working on a website for Blimey Cow to send people to in the credits, but we needed a name. We tossed ideas around for a few weeks until we settled on GreenStreams. The name comes from the fact our last name is "Green" and that while there is one studio, there are many different streams of content and people within that studio. So it's a bit like explaining the Trinity, distinct persons that are one. That's maybe not the best way to explain it, but I hope that makes sense ha ha. So while we have different streams and people, we are still united as a family and studio under one overarching vision.
Q: Very cool. Now, I’m going to split the spiritual questions in two parts. I’m gonna ask you some things now and some at the end. What does Jesus mean to you?
A: Jesus is the Son of God, who I am called to love, and I'm called to express His love to others. That's how I see it. I realize that may sound strange to some people, but to me, Christianity is about being in love with Jesus. Being so dedicated to Him even on the days when I don't feel like it. I see that as true love. It's not about emotions or spiritual highs, but about dedication, obedience, adoration, and intimacy. I think all true love is from God, and so without loving God, we can't love others. Jesus is of course my Lord and Saviour. Without Him I honestly feel I would have no reason or meaning in this life.
Q: One think you love to talk about is being in love with Jesus and how that relates to prayer. Could you expound on that, please?
A: I see what you did there. I love to talk about it. Clever. Sure, I would love to expand on that! So, to me, prayer is a two-way conversation. I think that those in a loving relationship of any kind, should want to have conversations with the one they love. Love struck couples often say that they are "dying" to speak with each other when they are apart, but Jesus literally died to be able to speak with us, and now we can be with Him all the time. I think that, for me at least, my prayer life is a direct indication of how much I love with Jesus. One day if the Lord blesses me with a wife, I want to be there communicating with her as often as I can. Communication can be an expression of love, and I don't mean "lovey dovey talk", I simply mean that the act of taking time to have a quality meaningful two way conversation, is in itself an expression of love. So with God, if I dread talking to Him, I don't think I can honestly say I am I am loving Him at that moment. I try to live loving Jesus, and I think the best way to express that is prayer.
Q: So, as we see, prayer plays into a huge factor in your life. You were a huge influence in my life in that matter, and now I have established a pretty decent prayer life (also thanks to the “Just Chill And Trust Him” period with my awesome church). Now, how did you get to know Kevin McCreary (Ceiling Fan and Say Goodnight Kevin)?
A: First, I want to say I'm so glad that God could use me, and your church to encourage your prayer life! Praise God! I pray that continues to go well. As for Kevin, it was a bit of a chain reaction. I've been a fan of Blimey Cow since 7 Lies About Homeschoolers was shown to me by a friend. I have an affinity for audio and was intriguing when they came out with their Blimey Cow Podcast. I loved the production done by their then-producer Kevin McCreary. His commercials were hilarious and well produced. I have never met anyone else who made me want to hear their commercials. So I looked him up online and sent him an email letting him know how much I liked his productions and asked if I could submit a production of my own for his critique. I've learned that if you want to get good at something, find someone who is better than you at that thing, and ask them to "smash" your work, ha ha. Maybe that's putting it too negatively, but honestly though, if you let someone critique your work and don't get offended if they don't like it, and take their suggestions to heart, you will go a long way in life. We call it "building your critique muscle" in our family. Anyway, back to the story, Kevin felt he could assess my skills better by getting me to try an assignment for him. That assignment was Foley recording for Episode 51 Part 1 of The Ceiling Fan Podcast. At the time I had not yet heard TCF so I went back to listen to a few episodes to figure out what it was I was working on, ha ha. Kevin liked my work and kept training me and eventually I became the Project Manager, essentially getting the workflow and team assignments arranged, for Kevin on The Ceiling Fan Podcast.
Q: Can you give us some previews of upcoming shows?
A: Of TCF? Unfortunately the show is on a "dc Talk" hiatus. Meaning that in all practicality it's done and everyone involved has moved on to other projects, but we are keeping the back door open in case we want to bring it back.
Q:But it’s kinda like, “You guys did the first episode of Season 5???” dc Talk didn’t stop in the middle of “Supernatural.” “One song, guys, and we’re out!”
A: Haha, that's a good way to put it! We actually wrote probably about 10 shows for season 5, but the logistics of planning everything, and reviewing and revising scripts, took a while. So by the time we had everything ready, not everyone had as much time left to devote to TCF, especially Kevin. It's no fault of anyone, but everyone was stepping up in their particular fields and skills, and so not enough time could be devoted to TCF by the major players. The team could handle any aspect of production, but essentially, if Kevin was too busy to voice Ethan, there was no real way to move foreward. TCF without Ethan wouldn't exactly be TCF, ya know? Still, as you've seen, in 2016 we did a Christmas special, which had Ethan and other long time characters in it. So like I say, it still may come back around again, we just never know when. It comes and goes like the wind, to borrow a Biblical metaphor ha ha. But a lot of good came out of that slow time. In fact, I don't think many people know this, but the online audio drama collective we started, called The Audio Drama Alliance, was created because season 5 team members of TCF had worked so hard, and so well together, that I wanted to see a place for them to continue collaborating. So we started ADA (Audio Drama Alliance) and we've been working on that since. Not everyone who was there from TCF has stayed (some have moved on to other things), but myself, Section Solo, and Will L., are all still there, along with new members.
Q: Now, you’ve done some work on the Blimey Cowtoons. Tell us how that came to be.
A: That came about because of working with Kevin. He recommended Natasha and me to Josh and Jordan Taylor for the Cowtoon project. It was a lot of fun! :)
Q: You also are working on several audio dramas. Tell us what they’re about and where we can find them.
A: I'd be glad to! We have an audio comedy called "The Jimmy, Sam & Tommy Show". It's about three young boys and their silly adventures. Jimmy is the crazy one, and there are two rich brothers, Sam and Tommy. Sam is the more stuck up one, and Tommy is the lovable (yet gullible) one. You can find out more about it on
www.jimmysamandtommy.weebly.com. We also have our Christian Mystery audio drama, Shadows and Daylight. It's a project that is deeply personal to me and I think your readers will enjoy. I will warn that it deals with some more serious subject matter than say Adventures in Odyssey, but it is clean Christian content. Just a note for parents to be mindful of the younger kids and whether or not this is suitable for them. Most episodes are good for the whole family, but we do recommend a 12+ age rating for some episodes. The story (at this point) revolves around a small Irish-Canadian town and it's mysterious past. It's really intriguing, I think you should all check it out! www.shadowsanddaylight.ca I'd recommend it to fans of AIO's Nova Com or Blackgaard Saga's or TCF's Spy Arc.
Q: In 2015, you started a new blog. Tell us about your past blog experiences and what inspired you to start this new one.
A: I had another blog that I was asked to start for our local newspaper back in 2006/2007. It was a lot of fun but I was too rigid about how I did it. I made it always reviews of music, or movies etc, and I didn't give myself enough freedom in my posts. Actually, your blog Christopher 164, reminds me a lot of that blog, except you've managed to stay out of the traps I fell into (not being consistent in posting, getting stuck too much in one type of post style). I really like what you've got going here man! As for my new blog, I was inspired by a few things and people. God first and foremost, and YOU Christopher 164! As well some other blogs. I enjoyed what you, and others, were doing on your respective blogs, and you were doing different things, but it reminded me of a the fun I had blogging back when I had my original blog. I also had been through a difficult season personally that left me with a lot I was thinking and praying about, and so I had been writing some "essays", some of which became the original posts (some have not been posted). My sister Tamara (a blogger herself) encouraged me to make it free-form and not a stressful "pro" project, but to keep it fun, free and loose in its format, and after some confirmations in prayer, I went for it! :)
Q: If I’m not mistaken, you have been putting quite some effort into your blog lately. I see you shoot to try to post weekly, but with no consistent schedule. What’s your approach when you blog?
A: My approach is to just have fun with it. If it's fun for me to ad images to my post that day, I will, if I don't feel like that another day, I won't. It's the complete opposite approach from what I would recommend on most projects ha ha. Letting your emotions guide your art, can cause artistic blocks when you're not "feeling it". So it's better to guide your emotions, rather than letting them guide you. So I don't let my emotions guide with my blog, but I do just try to have fun with it. I don't want it to feel like work. It's more of a project to relax with, when other projects are feeling too stressful. I call it a "brain dump" project. Although that name doesn't make total sense, and sounds kinda gross ha ha. So maybe people can suggest another name in the comments ha ha of this post!
Q: I do apologize that I haven’t been that up-to-date on your blog. But you got some awesome posts! You mentioned the post you did based on you and JJ and that’s one of my favorites. What are some of your favorites?
A: The post you mentioned (Tread Lightly) is one of my favourites too! I aso like the follow up post, which is a post about a post haha, (When to Tread Boldly). One I really like, although I don't think it's too popular, due to it's controversial nature haha, is "Caution and Compassion, a Balance only God can Guide". It's about my wrestling match of thoughts and feelings about the Syrian Refugee situation. I have a view on the situation that I think is Biblical. I can relate to both of the usual stances on the argument (taking refugees or not taking refugees) but I think my stance is a 3rd view really, that if we as Christians approach Biblically, and with our hearts open, can all probably get behind.
Q: So all you, check those out!!! In addition, how would you invite one person to your blog?
A: I would say, "COME TO MY BLOG!!!" Just kidding ha ha. Generally I don't invite people, as much as I just so happen to talk about a topic, and then realize I wrote a post that fits with something I said. So if it seems natural, I just send someone a link. My blog is just some things I'm thinking about, so it doesn;t bother me much if people never read it ha ha. If it only serves as a way to get my thoughts out, and sort through them, that's still worth it to me. If I were to make a sort of "sales pitch" to get people onto the blog, maybe I would say, "Do you like people who are honest about their soul searching, but try to put a positive spin on things? Do you like people who can have a good laugh at almost anything? Then check out my blog! I'm serious and silly, sometimes at the same time haha!
Q: I’m glad I’ve been an inspiration and thanks for the continual shout-outs! So,
you’re a busy guy. You work on TCF (or do you?), you got several audio dramas, you blog, you work on other projects, and you also have a full time job. First, what is this job (for those who don’t know) and how do you schedule your time?
A: Yes, when TCF comes up, I work on it. See my earlier comment about coming and going like the wind ha ha. My full time job is as at The Standard News, a local newspaper/news media company, which our family actually bought from the previous owners this year. My business card has me listed as "Multimedia Producer," but I wear many hats. This week, on top of my regular duties, I am filling in for our receptionist/bookkeeper. My regular tasks include (but aren't limited to) making our News Podcast, YouTube videos, managing our social media, occasionally taking photos, and writing a column. I've done a bit of everything though, I have sold advertising, bundled and delivered newspapers, done invoicing, etc.
Q: Now, the questions have mainly been focused on you, but you always emphasize teamwork. From TCF, to JS&T, to Blimey Cow, and so on. Many times, I may focus on you, but the truth is that you can’t do anything alone. You need others to help you. So, tell us how important your family is to you.
A: My family members are my best friends and I pray they always will be. I believe family is important, and something we should always protect. I think all of us should get to know and work with our families. I think it's a great experience! I try to include my family in the projects I do, and even get them freelance jobs whenever and wherever possible, and they do the same for me. We're all in this together, and God gave us each other for a reason.
Q: Of course, you can’t do any of this without Jesus. Can you share how he’s helped you?
A: I feel like Jesus is doing something through my life and I just get to be along for the ride. It's a real privilege. When I look at how He has guided me in Shadows and Daylight, it makes me smile. He literally chose the actors. I prayed and said, "I want whoever you want." Images of people I barely knew flashed into my mind, and some people He brought to mind later. In fact, He gave me details about one crew member's personality, the fact they were tall, their dedication to the Lord, all these specific traits, and simply told me, "You will know this person when you meet them." I felt like Abraham when God told him He would take him to the "the land I will show you." I almost settled a few times, but God wouldn't let me. Finally when the right person came along, this person, myself, and members of my family prayed and we all felt this was the right person. It was so amazing, the coolest part was being able to tell this person the things God had told me about them, and seeing how much it meant to this person. God is so good!
Q: Now, what’s your view on this: should media have a purpose and glorify God?
A: I think all media has a purpose, whether it should or not. Sometimes that purpose is to entertain and sometimes that purpose is to glorify God, but I don't believe those are mutually exclusive things, media can do both at the same time. I believe God wants us to have fun, and He wants us to glorify Him. I believe sometimes simply having good, clean, fun is glorifying to Him. Using JS&T as an example, there is no "Christian message" in those stories at this point, and I wouldn't think it's accurate to call it a "Christian show." By no means is it anti-Christian though. But in the same way my hamburger is neither Christian nor an anti-Christian thing, I think there are things that we as Christians can consume that can fulfill a certain need in our life, without being expressly "Christian," yet can still glorify God in the process. I pray over my burger before eating it, that it will nourish and strengthen me, and that God can somehow use that food, and the energy it gives me, to serve Him and further His Kingdom. We've prayed before recording a silly show like JS&T, for a fun time together as siblings, or that somehow the comedy can put a smile on someone's face and bring joy to their lives. So I think there are a lot of ways to serve through media without that media being "Christian" (per say) itself. Kind of like how Whit’s End isn't a "Christian ice cream shop", it's an ice cream shop with some Christian employees (and it's had employees who aren't Christian as well). But it's been a ministry Whit can use to affect people's lives in a very natural way. Now, I don't say any of that to imply we shouldn't have media that is directly Christian in its message. I think there is a place for both. I like to tell my Christian stories (like Shadows and Daylight) the way Jesus told his parables. Painting an illustration of something spiritual using something in everyday life (like a widow looking for a coin she lost being compared to searching for the treasure of salvation). Though I honestly think Shadows and Daylight (S&D) tends to be more direct, and talk about Christianity a lot more than the parables do. The parables are more indirect about it. Which is great too, it's just a different approach. In S&D there isn't always one direct take away lesson in each episode, it focuses more around the overall message of the story arc, in dissecting the practical application of the phrase "religion versus relationship". But about half of the characters are Christian, and so their relationships with Jesus and their beliefs play into the events of the story a lot.
Q: Can you give advice to those who want to go into media?
A: My biggest advice is to get close to God and ask Him what He wants you to do. I've tried making media and then just asking God to bless it, that doesn't work. He has a plan, for some people it's media, for others it could be running a soup kitchen. So rather than make a plan and ask Him to bless it, ask Him what His plan is and then commit to follow Him in it. Be careful not to make the plan (whether yours or His) an idol, don't assume that just because God asks you to make media, that since you know how to make media, that you know the next step. Ask Him every step of the way. You can never ask Him too much. As for my "non-spiritual" advice, I think two things are key. First, find someone who is better than you at what you want to do, and ask them if they are willing to mentor you in that field. Most people won't be willing to do this directly. But if you offer to work for them for free for a project they are working on, they will likely take you up on it. It's win-win, you get experience, and they get unburdened by having a free helper. Things should get rolling from there. The second key is to work on a deadline. Working on projects on a deadline, like TCF or the News Podcast, really makes me think about what steps you are doing poorly, slowly, or efficiently, and will grow your skills much faster than occasionally work on your craft. It's like anything else, "practice makes perfect." I'm much better because of the people I reached out to for
mentoring and the projects I became part of that put work on a deadline.
Q: Speaking of which, you recently started a podcast, so tell us about that!
A: I couldn't think of a good name, so I called it "The Christopher Green Show" ha ha. It's a talk show on my blog where I talk about media production with a guest on the show, and then in the second half of the show we just have a silly conversation about anything ha ha. Here's the link to the first episode, which is about Finding Your Style And Voice in your art.
Q: Okay, we’re gonna have a little bit of fun, Why Ask Me style!!! I’m gonna ask some random questions that I created and some that have been submitted in the past. Ready?
A: Ready like spaghetti!
Q: First is a question I ask just about everyone. Who are your favorite artists and what are your favorite styles of music?
A: Right now, Switchfoot, Relient K, Lauren Daigle, newsboys (Peter Furler era), to name a few. Style? I like a bit of everything.
Q: What songs are you currently jammin’ to?
A: "God" and "Man" by Relient K. "If the House Burns Down Tonight" and "Redemption" by Switchfoot. "Salt and Light", "Trust in You", "First" by Lauren Daigle. To name a few. :)
Q: Do you play any instruments, other than the drums?
A: Not technically no, ha ha. I know how to play a few things on piano, and I do make computer based music, so I guess you can say I play the computer? Ha ha.
Q: Besides America, South Korea, or Ukraine, which country do you want to visit the most?
A: Probably Australia, it just sounds like a cool place. Or a hot place actually ha ha!
Q: Have you even been out of Canada?
A: Nope, never. Just been inside good old Canada!
Q: What book of the Bible are you currently reading?
A: 1 Kings! Just read about the dedication of the temple.
Q: What is one media project that you wanted to do but never did and for whatever reason?
A: Wow that's a really interesting question! I once wrote some scripts for a science fiction audio drama. I haven't done it yet though. I may never produce it. We'll see. It's not a story that feels it needs to be told at this point.
Q: Which would you prefer, ice cream or cookies?
A: Ice cream! My favourite is mint chip! :)
Q: If you could steal someone’s hair, who’s would you steal for your head?
A: First, this purely hypothetical. Stealing is bad kiddies. Ten Commandments 101 here. My red hair is pretty unique, so I think there is no need to steal anyone's hair, I may however have to prevent people from stealing mine. Maybe I'd steal a LEGO man's hair cut for the fun of it.
Q: Last question. If a car is going 87 km/h north, 82 km/h west, 13 km/h south, 54 km/h east, where’s your hat?
A: If the window is open, it may have gotten blown off at those speeds! Also, the car is going to bust if it's going east, west, north, and south all at once!
Q: Christopher (what a great name!), thank you so much for answering these
questions; it means so much to me! Have a great day!
A: You too! I'm praying for you buddy, I hope, and I mean Bible hope, that is, I expect, great things for you on this blog and in your life, keep soldiering for Jesus my brother! God bless you richly in His good grace! PS: You have a great name!
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!