Saying Goodbye To 2015, A Year In Review

Hello Friends!  As we all say goodbye to another year, I like to reflect on people and things that took place over the year to offer not only praise to huge influences, but also lessons learned, sad loss and great memories.  Tomorrow I will release another writing to feature new plans for 2016!  For now, here is my 2015 in review…

FILM FESTIVALS

In my business world, 2015 saw my film festivals & entertainment branch into new regions.  We debuted the Horror in the Hills & Smoky Mountain Film Festival in Gatlinburg, TN.   The events were small, but we did break ground and generated some new interest leading into the new year.  One upset for the year was the Afterlife Paranormal horrorinthehillsfbdefaultConference & Film Festival that was to take place in another new region for us, Gettysburg PA.  Unfortunately, we were forced to do an online awards only festival due to lack of people able to make the event.  We have taken a great lesson from this situation and are implementing new ways to prevent that from ever happening again.  The Chicago Paracon & Film Festival had a double booking issues on the part of the venue, but we were able to downsize the event and reschedule in order to keep it going.  On the brighter side, all other events went well and we proudly put over 200 independent films on screen and provided over 100 awards to deserving filmmakers!  For this alone, I call it a successful year.  It was also a true privilege to induct Wolf McKinney, Anita Nicole Brown, Michael Schmid and Dragon Alexander into our Breaking Fate Hall of Fame this year.

FILM PROJECTS

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Best Actor Award
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Did I Scare You Cast/Crew

I also held open auditions in Gatlinburg, TN for the very first time back in February and met many amazingly talented individuals from the area.  “Did I Scare You” became my first film produced in the Smoky Mountains area as well.  It was great to work with some already established film family from Chicagoland as well as some new faces from the Smoky Mountains region.  This year we world premiered “What in the Sam Hill”, “Guardianship” and “A Woman And A Gun”.  Several of our films were selected by various film festivals in different parts of the country and we even brought home a good number of awards.  The award I’m most honored to have this year was presented to me by Randy Lee Beasley at The Smokey Night Film Festival for Best Actor in the film “Gordon Finn”. anitaaward This is my very first time winning a Best Actor award and it is the first time I’ve really ever received any major acknowledgement for my work as an actor.  A very close second was a simple Thank You award presented to me by my dear friend and actress Anita Nicole Brown to honor my commitment to the Indie Arts.  With all of that said, the absolute biggest efforts in our film work have been in the production of my feature film “Sister of the Wolf”.  Over half of the film is now shot and man was getting that accomplished a HUGE undertaking.  We have yet to get it completely wrapped up, but we have been working on plans for that to happen in 2016 finally and for good.

CREATIVE

This year I signed with Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville, TN in effort to get more acting work in television.  TTA is a great organization that I unfortunately haven’t been able to take great advantage of yet.  I was in Chicago filming “Sister of the Wolf” through much of the busy season.  Hopefully 2016 will see more things from my new relationship with TTA.

PERSONAL / PEOPLE

I’m a guy with thousands of acquaintances and few truly close friends.  Both of which I truly appreciate greatly and can never express enough gratitude to.  I’m going to take a moment to acknowledge just a few individuals who have had some kind of major impact on me either personally or professionally in 2015…

 

dixiebellebethanymadisonDixie Belle & Bethany Madison – My daughters.  You both give me purpose in ever single day, when I would feel I have none otherwise on many of days.  You are my heart and soul and always my number one above all else.  I love you both so much and take great value in every moment we have together.  I thank you both for simply being the sweet, understanding, passionate, loving, creative and beautiful girls that you are.  You make me so very proud every day and I tear up writing this because of how honored I am to be your father.  You are both by far the best thing to ever happen to me in my life.  I love you both.

 

mikkawilly2015Mikka Rosen – We somehow managed to make 7 years together this year.  It is amazing to think we have been together that long… Time just slips away.  I know we have seen our struggles, as any relationship does, but I have to thank you for making sacrifices along with me and continuing to stand by my side through both the good times and the bad.  I love you very much and can’t imagine you not being my family.  Thank you for sharing in moves, holidays, family events, financial headaches and creative projects.  I love you!

CandWClarisse Behr – We have known each other for a few years now and it has been awesome to see our friendship grow so much in 2015.  I easily call you one of the closest people to me right now even tho we are hundreds of miles apart.  Thank you for being there for me so much this year and dedicating so much of your time and heart to making me happy.  I love you!willywolf2015

Wolf – What a hell of a year we have shared.  I think you and I both will agree that 2015 has been a hell of a challenging year and it is easy to say good riddance.  Regardless of the people lost, health battles and major struggles, I know damn well that it would have been 10 times worse without you to share the battles with.  Thank you for being family.  Much love brother.

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Britney Gavin – Bitch, I love you!  Thank you for being the best in bestie this year!  I’m excited to have you living much closer again and hope to see more of you in 2016.

suzzanne monkSuzzanne & Alex – Thank you for letting me be the star of the new series “Living in Suzzanne Monk’s Basement”!  I was made to feel like family as I invaded your home for two months and I’m forever grateful for your hospitality and wide variety of wigs & accessories!  Much love to you both and Happy New Year!

 

nicoleroseNicole Rose – RIP Beautiful… You were such a huge personality in a little body.  I have always had the upmost respect and love for you.  I’ve shed many tears for you this year both before and after you left this world for a greater place.  Watching you battle for so long was a true display of the strength that you have always possessed.  You made such an impact on my life and that of many others who also loved and adored you.  I look forward to seeing you again one day.  RIP Love.

 

wexlerMichael Wexler – Thank you for the several years of random phone calls and text messages in effort to simply brighten my day or make me laugh.  Thank you for being in my directorial debut film.  Thank you for sharing the screen with me.  Thank you for hosting my festival event.  Thank you for going the extra mile to benefit what I do.  And thank you for being a very positive person in my life offering nothing but the best in laughter and friendship.  RIP Wex.

 

willyandannAnn Sheehan – I think this year we truly learned a lot more about each other and things we never knew we had in common.  It has been a great experience to know I’m not alone with some things and that you can be called on anytime needed.  It is even more an honor to be able to offer that same support to you.  I wish you nothing but joy and happiness in the coming year.  Much love.

 

chuckandwillyChuck Winstead – Thank you for being the one person to truly help me find my place here in the Smokies.  I appreciate all of your efforts in my film and festival work here in TN.  I would have not been able to pull off the things I have here without your help, support and friendship.  I thank you repeatedly for the friendship and projects that we share.  Happy New Year to you and cheers to another year of films, festivals and friendship to come! willyanddragon

 

Dragon Alexander – Forever the most helpful, thoughtful, ever-giving and selfless person anyone could ever know.  Thank you so much for not just being a part of my life and career, but for being a true friend.  Warm wishes for a better 2016 full of friends, films and fun!

tomandwillyTom McNicholas – Thank you for all of your support with pretty much anything and everything since the day we met.  I’m truly blessed to have you for a friend.  Happy New Year.

 

bettyandpaulBetty & Paul – Thank you for being our Smoky Mountain family.  We are blessed to have you for friends and to have you always looking out for us.  Much love in the coming year!

 

anitaandwillyAnita Nicole Brown – Always supporting and guiding me, I certainly notice and appreciate all of your efforts, support and love.  I hope 2016 brings big things for you.  Much love!

 

I could really go on and name off 4 or 5 times as many people.. But I am just going to highlight these great individuals and send my blessings to all others as well.  Tomorrow I will make another blog post about plans for the upcoming year including films, festivals, business, adventure and more.  With that, I wish you all a very Happy New Year!  May it be filled with all the love, enjoyment, life lessons and entertainment you seek.  ~ Willy

HELP WANTED: BREAKING FATE ENTERTAINMENT

I’m going to be looking for a lot of dedicated people to join new planning / production committees that I’m assembling for each of Breaking Fate Entertainment‘s film festival events. If you have an interest in getting involved, please watch the Breaking Fate Entertainment Facebook Page for postings / updates over the next few days.www.facebook.com/breakingfateentertainment

Film Festivals I will be seeking help for:
The Chicago Horror Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
The Indie Horror Film Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)
Laugh Or Die Comedy Fest (Northern Illinois)
Smoky Mountain Film Festival (Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge TN)
The Chicago Para-Con & Film Festival (Chicago, IL)
Prairie State Film Festival (Illinois)
Horror In The Hills (Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge TN)
Afterlife Paranormal Conference & Film Festival (Gettysburg, PA)
Hardcore Horror Fest (Northern Illinois)
Mountain of Laughs (Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN)
Fabulous Film Fest (To Be Determined)
Cinema Soup Film Festival (Mattoon, IL)
Smoky Mountain Paracon (Gatlinburg, TN)

DETAILS FOR INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS: Breaking Fate Entertainment will be celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary in 2016 and the year will mark many tough decisions and do or die efforts. I’ve had a vision for this company for a long time and I still haven’t seen it through 10 years later. I’m looking for individuals who believe in my vision of producing, promoting and distributing 100% independent art in all media types. This is and has always been about the desire to provide more opportunity and a stage for indie artists. It is not about money, but passion. However, my passion admittedly comes with many let downs, failures and heavy personal financial expense. One thing that I know above and beyond anything else is that I can not continue to do this on my own any longer without a solid team of dedicated individuals to help me build these events to their potential. I need to find individuals who can share in my vision and put in a true effort to help make these events what they should be. 2016 is the 10th anniversary and also my last effort before I have to pull the plug and consider other options. I am asking and pleading for help to keep my vision not just alive, but growing. Thank you in advance for anyone who responds and truly will offer their true effort.

I will be seeking help with: Sponsorship sales, Marketing, Street teams, booking, event planning, possible fundraising events to build more overhead if without sponsors (currently EVERYTHING comes out of my personal pocket), transportation & hospitality coordinator, vendor sales, tech crew, stage management, box office staff, security, contests, charity outreach coordinator (I wish to have ways to benefit charity with each event), venue / location scouts & coordinators, bookkeeping / accounting, publicist(s), Videographers (behind the scenes video at each event, also looking for directors / editors), Media producers (including award ceremony after effects style animations, commercial producers, etc.), Event Photographers (seeking photographers for each event to take pictures with step and repeat backgrounds as well as standard event photography), Awards dept. manager (will assemble judges for each event, provide media & judging materials and tally scores), Workshop coordinators, After hour events coordinators and so much more.

Beyond the film festivals I have several departments established within Breaking Fate Entertainment that are basically start up operations that I am waiting on the right individuals to help launch, because I simply can’t do on my own including Breaking Fate Radio, Breaking Fate Records and more…

Most all of this list, minus a few minor exceptions, is stuff that I have been trying to do on my own currently for lack of sponsorship and inability to pay. This is why I need people who believe in my vision and have a similar desire to keep stages for independent art and think of that before money. With the right team for each event, I’m confident they will grow dramatically… Growth will bring income and reward for everyones effort. But, before that I need dedicated people to believe in the potential and join me in making it a reality. If this is you, then I can’t tell you how much I look forward to talking to you. Many thanks for reading ~ Willy

Destination America’s “Exorcism: Live” – Mixed Emotions

Happy Halloween and a blessed Samhain my friends!

As I dig into a little advertising work today (yes, I work on Halloween..lol), I glance at the worlds trends as I do every day when I first get to my desk. And today it seems that yesterday’s Exorcism: Live! broadcast on Destination America​ has the world talking.

I did not watch the entire program, but I did have it on while I was at my desk working last evening and I have to say that I very much expected the heavily mixed reviews today… Most on the negative side… And my personal feelings about the broadcast (or even the idea of attempting to do so) are just like the reviews today… Very mixed and leaning more towards a bad idea overall.

Production reviews are very negative. This was to be expected, as in my experience in the paranormal (and also in entertainment), if you are doing a 2 hour live broadcast in regards to anything paranormal (that is honest / not staged) and expect anything extremely dramatic to happen during that time, you are always going to be let down. Most paranormal evidence you see on TV or in the media (that is true) is selected and cut from hundreds of hours of stockpiled footage & audio. This simple bit of common sense will tell you that most will be disappointed at the outcome of this broadcast, as most average joe’s sitting at home watching this programming are expecting to see “crazy stuff” screaming and flying off the walls like major motion pictures would do. Also on the production side, and one of the biggest complaints I have read thus far (and one I agree with 100%) is that the programmings was overwhelming covered in commercial advertisements… That alone completely killed any chance of viewers having a chance to really grasp what is going on, because the moment you start to get curious and interested you were thrown into commercial and upon returning to the broadcast, everything was different.

On the more positive side, I have to lend my respect and personal thanks to the individuals involved as well as producers for not allowing this to turn into a series of staged false effects. I know several of the individuals involved in this event on a personal level and respect them for taking a chance with this production on both a spiritual and professional level. One falsehood on anyone’s part could sabatash the credibility of everyone involved. Everyone already takes a professional risk by simply committing to this program knowing the mixed reactions that will follow. And I mostly commend them for putting themselves in a position that is seen as extremely dangerous on a spiritual scale. I myself would not have ever agreed to be part of this production. I am thankful to hear that everyone is doing ok and I do hope that everyone continues to be ok.

In the end, more than anything, I am just glad that everyone is ok. It wasn’t TV that I was very excited about, but more so curious about public backlash towards individuals that I very much respect. I was happy to see nothing overly dramatic happen rather than the alternative, for which can be extremely dangerous. To my friends and colleagues involved in this event, please continue to surround yourself with positive energy and protection in whatever form you believe in and works best for you. Regards ~ W

DDP Won Dark Image of the Day on Model Mayhem 3/1/2015!!

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Willy Adkins / Deviant Desires Photography won the “Dark Image of the Day” contest on ModelMayhem.com with this awesome image above featuring Model: Euphoria as a “Zombie Clown”, shot on location at the old DDP Dungeon Studio in Dekalb, IL!

Thanks to all who voted for this image, and bravo to the other artists who contributed such awesome images to the contest!

DDP Won Dark Image of the Day on Model Mayhem 2/27/2015!!

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Willy Adkins / Deviant Desires Photography won the “Dark Image of the Day” contest on ModelMayhem.com with this awesome image above featuring Model: Genocidal Creation as “Clockwork Orange”, shot on location at the old DDP Dungeon Studio in Dekalb, IL!

Thanks to all who voted for this image, and bravo to the other artists who contributed such awesome images to the contest!

THE FINAL CUT REVIEWS “GORDON FINN” & “BALLOON FEAST!

Our friend Mark Krawczyk over at The Final Cut / Special Mark Productions just released a review of 2 new Breaking Fate Entertainment Short Films, Gordon Finn (Willy Adkins Producer / Co-Writer / Lead Actor) & Balloon Feast (Willy Adkins Director / Producer / DP / Editor)!  Both films can be seen this weekend at The Chicago Horror Film Festival!

DDP Won Dark Image of the Day on Model Mayhem 9/19/2014!!

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Willy Adkins / Deviant Desires Photography won the “Dark Image of the Day” contest on ModelMayhem.com with this awesome image above featuring Model: April Berry, shot on location at Bartonville Insane Asylum!

Thanks to all who voted for this image, and bravo to the other artists who contributed such awesome images to the contest!

Words and Wisdom By Willy Adkins

Words and Wisdom from Willy Adkins…
DO NOT believe everything you see and/or read in the media, on social media or by word of mouth.
One story told by 2 people become 3 different stories.
Try being INFORMED instead of just OPINIONATED.
Be conscious of peer pressure and be an individual rather then just an image you think others around you wish for you to be.
To respect oneself, you must first learn to respect others.
Learn forgiveness, even when not deserved by another.
Even in the worst of situations try to be optimistic about being optimistic.  In the law of attraction, positive attracts positive.  Be happy and happy will be you.
Believe in your true personal beliefs rather then what others tell you to believe or any organized religion.. Unless your true beliefs are matched of that organized religion.
(A quote I have always embraced) “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter” ~ Dr. Seuss
Trust, Honesty, Respect & Love… Live it, Learn it, Earn it and Feel it.
Have hobbies you truly enjoy & live your true passions… Don’t ever give up who you are and what you love to do for anyone… Because if you give up all you have and the person(s) you gave it all up for is suddenly gone, you are left with nothing.
Art is in the eye of the beholder.  Critics will be critics, but if you wish to take a dump in a box and call it art, it is your right.  Don’t let society or peers determine your personal tastes.
Don’t mold yourself to fit the mainstream, be an individual that makes individuality mainstream.
We often like to honor the dead, I encourage everyone to honor someone living at least once a day with kind works of encouragement and appreciation.  You never know when a simple gesture to the living might be saving them from being the dead.
Don’t be a bully, stand up to those who bully others and stand with those who are bullied by others by showing them people with respect for them do exist.
Don’t push your personal beliefs on others, share your personal beliefs with others and allow them the individual right to decide their own beliefs.
Don’t put down anyone’s looks.. It is not a competition and putting others down only makes yourself look ugly.
Respect isn’t something you buy, it is something you earn.
I make it a regular practice to tell people they are beautiful at times when they would never expect it.  A boost of self esteem and positive reenforcement can do wonders for people, especially in our society.
The person taking the hit is always stronger then the person throwing the punch.
The ability to win a fight does not make you right.  One of the most annoying things I’ve ever seen in my life is someone challenging another person to a physical fight over a disagreement…  If I say that blue is blue when you claim that blue is red… Does that mean that if you challenge me to a fist fight, that blue is now red?  Nope…  It only makes you an asshole.
In my line of work I’ve learned that the only way to survive is to have patience with those who have no patience.  I’ve also learned that the best people to work with carry this same ability.
Nothing specific triggered this post today, outside of my desire to express many of my personal mindsets and methods to keeping personal sanity.  I hope anyone who reads it might take away a different outlook on how they perceive themselves and/or others.  I hope that it will provide you a positive way to look at tough situations and make you stop and think before acting in a way that might hurt others.  And finally, I hope that it gives you a feeling of peace with yourself with the reward of others noticing and being attracted to your outlook on life.  Much love and be well my beautiful friends. ~ Willy Adkins
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Gordon Finn World Premier Announced!!!

Wolf McKinney truly pushed me to give my best performance as an actor to date! I can not tell you how proud I am of this film and how excited I am for you all to see it! Please, mark your calendars for July 12th to attend the World Premier screening in Chicago as part of The Prairie State Film Festival! Tickets are on sale now and only $15 if you get them online now! This includes ALL films showing that day including Gordon Finn!

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CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS

In addition to Gordon Finn, other films I’m involved in that are screening at the Prairie State Film Festival include:

Anxiety (Director / Producer)

Balloon Feast (Director / Producer)

Choose Love (Director / Producer / Co-Writer)

Doctor Spine (Extra Casting / Actor “Bar Patron”)