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19 May IMPERIAL LIGHTHOUSE

A dream is just a delayed reality. And Ryan and Tilmon are definitely taking the necessary steps to make their dream a reality. I spoke with Ryan (unfortunately Tilmon was not available at the time) and he was such a pleasure. To hear the passion in his voice as he spoke about their production company and how their is no limit to what they can do was very exciting. Hopefully someone reading this interview will be inspired to live out their dream and to be a positive light in the process. -Mz. Fierce

 

Fierce: WHO MAKES UP IMPERIAL LIGHTHOUSE?

Ryan: IMPERIAL LIGHTHOUSE WAS FOUNDED BY TILLMAN AND I (RYAN) AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR IS IMPERIAL MEANS TO COLONIZE SOMETHING AND THE WHOLE QUEST THAT WE HAVE IS TO SPREAD OR TAKE OVER AND LIGHTHOUSE IT PROVIDES A LIGHT IN A DARK PLACE AND WE WANT TO SPREAD LIGHT ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THAT IS WHERE IMPERIAL LIGHTHOUSE COMES FROM.

 

FIERCE: HOW DID IMPERIAL LIGHTHOUSE COME ABOUT?

RYAN: GRACE WAS WRITTEN 2011 AND WE FIRST PERFORMED IT IN 2012 AND WE JUST DID IT SINCE WE WERE DOING POERTY AND SPOKEN WORD AND PEOPLE  WERE COMING UP TO US SAYING HOW MUCH IT CHANGED THEIR LIVES.  SO AFTER PERFORMING IT A COUPLE OF TIMES  WE DECIDED TO PUT IT ON FILM AND WE CALLED ONE OF THE CAMERA GUYS THAT GOES TO MTSU AND WE WERE JUST DOING  THIS FOR THE HECK OF IT. WHEN WE PUT IT ON YOUTBE IT WENT VIRAL AND WE REALIZED MAYBE WE ARE ON TO SOMETHING BECAUSE OF THE INTERACTION WITH THE MASSES AND THE ABILITY TO DELIVER AND TRANSFER INFORMATION.  WE FIGUTED THIS IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES AND IT GOES AGAINST BOTH OF OUR MAJORS (PRELAW AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP).

 

FIERCE: EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT A PRODUCTION COMPANY IS AND WHAT IS THAT YOU ALL DO?

RYAN:  THERE ARE DIFFERENT FORMS OF PRODUCTION BUT ONE THING THAT IS UNIQUE WITH IMPERIAL ARE THE DIFFERENT SERVICES THAT WE OFFER. FOR EXAMPLE WE ARE SHOOTING A MOVIE FOR AN AUTHORS BOOK AND WITHIN THE PAST WEEK WE HAVE HAD 3 AUTHORS CALL US DUE TO HOW THEY LIKE HOW WE CAN TELL A STORY. WE OFFER A DIFFERENT RANGE OF PRODUCTION AND WE HOST EVENTS AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING AND SPOKEN WORD AND PRETTY MUCH ANY KIND OF WAY OF DEALING WITH WORDS AND PUTTING IT INTO ILLUSTRATON.

 

FIERCE: DO YOU ALL OWN YOUR PRODUCTION COMPANY OR ARE YOU UNDER CONTRACT WITH A FILM STUDIO OR ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY?

RYAN: WE OWN OUR COMPANY WE JUST BECAME A LLC LAST WEEK SO YES IT IS ALL US. TILMON AND I AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THESE GUYS WORKING WITH US OUR FILM CREW.

 

FIERCE: WATCHING YOUR VIDEOS YOU ALL HAVE A VERY STRONG MESSAGE THAT COMES ACROSS, CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS THAT YOU WANT TO CONVEY WITH YOUR PRODUCTION?

RYAN:  WE TRY TO MOTIVATE,INSPIRE, AND LIBERATE AND ONE OF THE THINGS WITH THAT YOU GET WHEN YOU MAKE IT AN ACRONYM IT SPELLS ‘MIL’ AND WE WANT TO BECOME MILLIONARES AND WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO CONVEY IS THAT WE WANT TO REVEAL SOME OF THE CONCEPTIONS OF SOCIETY, WE WANT TO UNITE SOCIETY. THE PEOPLE IN POWER ARE ABLE TO THRIVE OFF OF THE CONQUER METHOD AND IF WE HUMAN BEINGS COME TOGETHER WE CAN BE POWERFUL AGAINST ANY FORCE THEN PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE MONEY. WE WANT TO DEFINE, TO UNITE US, AND TO REVEAL TRUTH IN A CREATIVE WAY.

 

FIERCE: HOW HARD IS IT TO RUN A PRODUCTION COMPANY?

RYAN: I THINK ANYTHING WILL BE HARD WHEN YOU ARE STARTING OFF. IT HAS BEEN HARD I WILL NOT LIE. ONCE YOU GET THE BALL ROLLING IN ONE AREA IT SEEMS TO STOP IN OTHERS. FINACES IS ONE; ONCE WE ARE ABLE TO RAISE THE MONEY WE NEED…I THINK THAT IS THE HARDEST PART, AND FINDING PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF. WE ARE REAL CAREFUL WITH OUR BABY (IMPERIAL) THAT IS THE SECOND HARDEST PART BECAUSE IT IS JUST TILLMAN AND I AND FINDING PEOPLE THAT THINK LIKE US AND HAVE THE DRIVE LIKE US AND UNDERSTANDING OUR MESSAGE. WE HAVE SET OUR MIND FOR THIS TO WORK OUT.

 

FIERCE: WHEN YOU ALL ARE GETTING READY TO START PRODUCTION, WHAT STEPS DO YOU GO THROUGH BEFORE THE SHOOTING BEGINS?

RYAN: WELL OF COURSE TILLMAN AND I WRITE THE SCRIPT FIRST AND THAT PROCESS IS LIKE WILL SMITH IN THE MOVIE HANCOCK WITH THE ACTRESS CHARLIZE THERONTHEIR POWERS WERE DIFFUSED WHEN THEY WERE TOGETHER. WE ARE ABLE TO THINK BETTER WHEN WE ARE APART AND WE END UP SENDING OUT SCRITPS BACK AND FORTH TO ONE ANOTHER AND THE WHOLE PRODUCTION SIDE OF IT IS WE SCOUT  FOR LOCATONS FOR THE SHOOTS AND SEE IF  NEED ANY EXTRAS OR EQUIPMENT. ALL THIS IS IN THE PRE PRODUCTION STAGE AND WE GO OVER LINES REPEATEDLY THE DAY OF THE SHOOT OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

 

FIERCE: WITH YOU ALL LOCATED IN TENNESSEE AND IT SEEMS LIKE THE SOUTH IS NOW BECOMING THE NEW HOLLYWOOD, ARE YOU ALL HOPING TO DIVE INTO THAT POOL YOURSELVES?

RYAN: PROBABLY. I DON’T KNOW. I LOVE THE SOUTH BUT I WANT TO VENTURE UP NORTH TO GET MY FEET WET I WANT TO BE MOBILE. I AM NOT SURE IF WE WILL BE IN ATLANTA AND NASHVILLE IS REALLY GROWING AS FAR AS MUSIC AND FILM SO PROBABLY SO, BUT I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF WE DID. THE HARD PART IS TO PREDICT THE NEXT STEP. WHAT TILLMAN AND I DO IS PLAN 5 PRODUCTS AND THEN SEE WHAT THE UNIVERSE OPENS UP FOR US. I AM HOPING THAT WE CAN BE BASED OUT OF THE SOUTH AND TO GIVE THE SOUTH MORE OF WHAT THE NORTH HAS BEEN EXPERINCING.

 

FIERCE: WITH ALL THAT YOU ARE INVESTING INTO YOUR COMPANY, WHAT IS THE NEXT LEVEL FOR YOU GUYS?

RYAN: HONESTLY, AND IF I EVER SOUND SURE OF MYSELF PLEASE DON’T TAKE IT AS ARROGANCE, BUT WHEN YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYONE LIKE US. WE ARE A MIXTURE OF TYLER PERRY AND BLACK ICE. WHEN I LOOK INTO THE FUTURE I SEE SO MUCH. DOING SCRIPT WRITING AND DOING WORKSHOPS AND HOSTING MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING.ONE DREAM I HAD ONE NIGHT WE WERE IN A STADIUM SPEAKING AND I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF SOMETHING OF THAT MAGNITUDE CAME TRUE. WE WORK HARD, WE ARE ALWAYS READING AND RESEARCHING. WE TRY TO STAY AS BROAD AS WE CAN WITH THE INFORMATION. I DON’T SEE A TOP OR IT STOPS HERE THERE IS NO CEILING FOR US. THE SKY IS NOT EVEN THE LIMIT ITS HOW LONG CAN WE STAY HUMBLED AND DISCIPLINE AND NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE.

 

FIERCE: IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO YOUR SUPPORTERS AND OR FANS?

MOST DEFINITELY. ONE IS THAT IT’S NOT GOING TO BE EASY BY NO MEANS BUT FIND OUT WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE PEOPLE THAT BELIVE IN THE SAME VISION THAT YOU BELIEVE IN.  IT IS HARD FOR A FLOWER TO GROW AMONG CONCRETE. THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET TO YOUR DREAM IS TO SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE THAT CAN HELP. DREAMS ARE DELAYED RELATIES. ONCE YOU SPEAK IT YOU JUST HAVE TO WAIT. ALSO PAIN ISN’T PERSONAL IT’S PURPOSEFUL. WHEN WE GO THROUGH ADVERSITY WELCOME IT INTO YOUR LIFE, WELCOME UNCOMFORTABLE POSITION. IT IS WITH IN THESE TIMES THAT WE GROW THE MOST AND TO ALSO DEPEND ON YOURSELF. NEVER BLAME ANYBODY BECAUSE YOU DO NOT HAVE THE SUCCESS THAT YOU WANT. IF YOU LOOK FOR THE ANSWER ANY WHERE ELSE EXCEPT YOURSELF THEN YOU ARE DESTINED TO FAIL NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU CANNOT ALLOW YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES TO DEFINE YOU. IF YOU WANT THE ANSWER LOOK INTO THE MIRROR. FOR ANYONE THAT IS TRYING TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS DO IT. I FEEL THAT SOME PEOPLE MAKE EXCUSES WHILE OTHERS ADJUST. LIFE IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHICH IS THE ACTION BUT WE ARE ABLE TO CONTROL EVERY REACTION. REACT WISELY AND QUICKLY. TRUST YOURSELF AND RECOGNIZE  ALL THE ANSWERS ARE INSIDE OF YOU.

 

www.imperiallighthouse.com

Follow on twitter Ryan @sebastiancarson

Tilmon @oneofmyleaders

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