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What’s Your Perfect Last Day?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

(Photo courtesy of Annie Bannanie 06 on Flickr)

Steve Jobs and Your Last Day

When Steve Jobs passed away last October, I have to admit as an Apple fan boy I was deeply impacted. Not that I had ever met the man but just as my good friend Tracy Trost said in his podcast, The Wisdom of Steve Jobs his vision allowed us to live our dreams.

As I made my way through the various quotes, audio recordings, and videos of Steve that made their way around the internet in the weeks that followed his death, I couldn’t help but be inspired. One quote in particular hit home that I found on author and speaker Chuck Balsamo’s site entitled, Steve Jobs – “If today were the last day of my life…” where he quotes Steve as saying:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like, “If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”

It made an impression on me… and since then, for the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today.”

And whenever the answer has been, “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Wow! It begs the question, “Are you doing what you want to do on the last day of your life today?” Better yet, what does your perfect last day look like?

A Word of Caution

I know many of you reading this might find yourselves in jobs or relationships that you would rather not be in on your last day, but I think your perspective on that might change if you truly lived as if it was your last day. Many of the things that seem like big deals in the day to day routine of life seem to shrink away with the thought of our impending demise.

Further, I would venture to say that our lives might be better spent asking ourselves what we can do in these less than desirable situations to make them better. Rather than be victims and blame all of our woes on others, it is always better to look instead at the power that is given to each one of us to make our lives and the lives around us better. What can you do differently today to affect the situations you are in for the better so that maybe someday they would actually become things you would want to do even if it was your last day.

Sometimes Change is Needed

That said, sometimes change is needed. As Steve Jobs said, “whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” If there is something you are passionate about and instead of doing it on a daily basis you are simply working for a paycheck, start making plans now to change that. If you are in a relationship, talk to your spouse or significant other and get their advice, share your passion with them and see what you can do together to make the change possible. Tracy’s co-host on his podcast, Cliff Ravenscraft worked for years in the insurance business, but his passion was quickly being realized to help and inspire people to attain their dreams and he saw the best way of doing that to be through podcasting. While he liked the safety of his job, his passion was calling louder and louder each day. He and his wife made plans so that he could make the change and although it wasn’t always easy, he wouldn’t change a thing.

Who is Influencing You?

Sometimes we need to take a look at who we are spending our time with as well, because you will become like those whom you most closely associate. If you are finding that the people in your life aren’t going the places you are looking to go or doing the things you want to do, it might be time to add some new influences to your life. I’m not saying to go out and cut off all of your current friends, but you might find that they may not want to go where you want to go and there may be a natural progression of your time together growing less and less. In my personal opinion I think it’s best to keep reaching out to those friends you currently have as you never know what the future holds, but just as many of us don’t hang out with our elementary school friends anymore, time and people change and that’s okay.

Will You Serve Yourself or Others

Unfortunately, many people who think about what they will do on their last day picture themselves in various indulgences. But I think there is a big difference between doing things we enjoy and doing things to serve ourselves. I’ve heard it said if you enjoy doing what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So doing things we enjoy isn’t a problem, but doing those things that we want at the expense of those things that others need is. Do you see your last day by yourself or are you showering your love on those closest to you? Are you looking for sympathy or are you inspiring others? What does your perfect last day look like?

What Will You Commit Too?

It’s one thing to think about today being your last day, it’s quite another to act like it. Here are three things you need to do to take action on this:

  1. Write it down. What do you want to be doing on your last day?
  2. Get together with those who need to be included in your plans and find others who you believe can bring wisdom into your life and get their input as well.
  3. Start taking steps. Wether it be changing you, changing your circumstances, or adding in new influences, start doing it.

As you start transforming your day into a day that you would be satisfied with if it was your last, remember that sooner or later it will be.

Enjoy Life and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Joe Jestus, Trost Moving Pictures

About Joe Jestus: Joe is the husband of his lovely wife Julie for the past 11 years and the father of 4 amazing children. He also happens to be the Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Trost Moving Pictures (pronounced like “toast” with an “r”) an independent studio based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and dedicated to telling great stories that leave a positive impact through film, books, music, podcasts, shows, and more.

Nine Projects for 2012

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Just Believe

With 9 Projects, We Definitely Believe!

Nine projects including family movies, inspirational books, live events that will change your life, a powerful play on forgiveness, and more is what we have in store for our Trost Moving Pictures family and friends this year. Are you ready?

At Trost Moving Pictures we believe in pushing ourselves and facing our fears, after all we were founded by director Tracy J Trost on a dare to follow his dreams. (You can read that story here.) So this week when I posted that we were working on 6 projects over on our Facebook page, that seemed crazy.

Then I had to update it because I had forgotten one and it looked like we had 7 projects on the stove here and that seemed even crazier. So I guess now that I remembered two more we must be certifiably insane with 9 projects here in the works. As all our fans suggested, we’re doing our best to remember to relax.

So what are all of these projects we are working on? Well, we can’t tell you about all of them, but we can tell you about most of them.


Let’s start with the book director Tracy J Trost is working on. As he mentioned in The Successful Life Mindset Episode 26 he’s had an idea for a 30 day guide to changing your life that focuses on the steps he used to accomplish his dream of becoming a director. He’s currently writing the book now and hopefully we’ll have more info soon. Be sure to follow Tracy on Facebook and Twitter to get updates from him on this and other projects throughout the week.That’s one!

Live Events

Next, let’s look at our live events. In just about a month the Trost Moving Pictures crew is heading to New York City to work with the Center for Creative Media and it’s leader Doug Rittenhouse to broadcast an Acquire the Fire event on to over 200 countries around the world. The great thing about this event is we bring a crew of industry professionals and they work alongside young kids learning the trade from the Center for Creative Media who are getting hands on training in television broadcast. It’s definitely an adventure.

The next live event we are working on is the One Nation One Day event with Dominic Russo ministries for July 2013. Tracy talked about this event a little bit in the Director’s Diary 2012 Episode 9 and you can learn more about it at It’s a monumental event and is going to definitely push us all past our comfort zones, but it could has a huge potential to impact people’s lives positively and as you know, that’s what we are all about here at Trost Moving Pictures.

The final live event we are working on is still in the development stage but we are going to Branson next week to meet with some more people about moving it forward and hopefully we’ll be able to share more with you soon. That’s 2 – 4!

Family Movies

Now lets move on to our inspirational family friendly movie projects. As most of you know we are working on a project called Then & Now, which is a romantic comedy based on a book that is yet to be published by bestselling author Jim Stovall. This is a pretty big project and we are moving forward with hopes to get it into production this year or next year. Tracy talks about in the Director’s Diary 2012 Episode 2.

Our next film project, Tracy mentioned in the Director’s Diary 2012 Episode 8 when he talked about his meeting with New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews. This project is based on Andy’s book The Lost Choice and we are just in the early stages on this one which is sure to be one of the biggest projects Trost Moving Pictures has taken on yet. If you haven’t read Andy’s book The Lost Choice yet, you should get it today so you can see what we’re looking at. It’s on Amazon here The Lost Choice.

The next two family movie projects we are working on are still in the development stage and we can’t share too much about them, but one of them could go into production this year still. That one has to do with adoption again and I am personally really excited about the project and the good that it can be used for. The other project will take some time to develop and Tracy is very excited about this one as well. I can tell you that both of these stories are based on real life events. So that’s 5-8!

The Stage

The final project that we are working on is of course A Christmas Snow Live! which is coming back to the Starlite Theatre for a second season starting November 1st. If you haven’t checked out A Christmas Snow Live! on Facebook you can here ACS Live! on Facebook. Once there you can see the calendar for 2012 and get tickets. This inspirational story has touched so many lives, we can’t wait to hear the great stories that come from this powerful message of forgiveness once again.

Also, we are working on a way for you to officially be a supporter of A Christmas Snow Live! so that you can have a hand in making that impact on people’s lives too! That’s 9!

Wow, nine projects, and that doesn’t include any other projects that spring up in relation to these projects like companion books and things like that. It also doesn’t include The Successful Life Mindset podcast either, that Tracy does on a weekly basis. If you aren’t listening to this podcast, you are really missing out on some amazing discussions with Cliff and Tracy about how to attain true success in life and get inspired. As you can see, we have a lot going on and your prayers and support is greatly appreciated by us all at Trost Moving Pictures.

With hope that you live your life to its greatest potential,

Joe Jestus – PMD at Trost Moving Pictures

The Successful Life Mindset Podcast Summaries

Friday, March 9th, 2012

With almost a thousand people subscribed to the weekly podcast, The Successful Life Mindset is inspiring people to live their lives to its greatest potential each week. But we know not everyone wants to spend thirty minutes listening to Cliff and Tracy each week, no matter how much fun it might be, you just like reading better. We have you covered!

We’re working on getting all the podcasts typed up in summary form and posted here on our website for you to read each week when it’s ready. By the end of today, the first three episodes will be up and we’re hoping to keep releasing an episode a day in this form for you to read until we are caught up to the new shows.

So if you’re the type of person that would rather read than listen, head on over to and check out summaries that we’ve written just for you.

I also want to give a personal thank you to Pat M. an incredible Trost Moving Pictures supporter who has made this possible!

With hope that you will live your life to its greatest potential,

Joe Jestus – PMD at Trost Moving Pictures

WinkIt and TMP Studios

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

I’m sure you’ve done it before. You were watching a great movie, probably one of ours, and you saw something you really liked. It might have been an outfit, an accessory, or maybe even a tool or gadget. How can you find it to buy? Before you would have to freeze the movie and go online and see if you could find it somewhere. Well not anymore. Now you can WinkIt!

TMP Studios is proud to announce that we have licensed our films A Christmas Snow and The Lamp to be used on WinkIt, a startup company based out of MN that is taking all the legwork out of finding those cool items in movies that you want.

For example if you visit the A Christmas Snow page on WinkIt here: ACS on WinkIt you can see the different scenes from the movie and then see which items you can buy from WinkIt that are in those scenes. You could get Kathleen’s (Catherine Mary Stewart’s) jacket or the jewelry she’s wearing. Maybe you want Sam’s (Muse Watson’s) shirt or vest, you can get them.

You can also see The Lamp page here: The Lamp on WinkIt and check out all the different items from The Lamp that the WinkIt team has found or created. Perhaps you really like an outfit that Lisa (Meredith Salenger) or Stanley (Jason London) had or maybe you’re feeling more like you want Charles’ (Louis Gossett Jr’s) bow tie.

It’s a very cool idea and we are proud to be working with them at the beginning and we can’t wait to see how far WinkIt goes. Be sure to tell your friends and family about them too as they are just starting out and they could use some TMP Studios fan support. Because we all know that TMP Studios fans are the best fans out there.

WinkIt on Facebook

WinkIt on Twitter

Ratings and Reviews

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

We need your help! That’s right, as many of you know we don’t have a million dollar ad budget like some of the big Hollywood studios, but we do have awesome supporters, fans, and friends like you who believe in us and the projects we are doing and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

But that means we need your help to get the word out about our films. Below is a list of places we could use your help in rating and reviewing our films so that others who haven’t heard about them will know what you think and why you love TMP Studios Films! Please take a few minutes to leave your ratings and reviews so that we can keep getting the word out about our films and keep making the great inspirational family friendly films you love. Keep in mind too that many of these sites have Facebook “Like” and Google + buttons you can use to help out too. Thanks so much!

The Lamp



Amazon – This works for Amazon Instant Video too. (One rating/review does them both).

Walmart DVD

Walmart Instant Video – Scroll all the way to the bottom. – Scroll down to the reviews.

A Christmas Snow


Amazon – This works for Amazon Instant Video too. (One rating/review does them both).

Walmart Instant Video – Scroll all the way to the bottom. – Scroll down to the reviews.

You guys are awesome and with your support we’ll keep on making great movies and telling moving stories!

Joe Jestus – PMD TMP Studios –

The Lamp Film Festivals

Friday, January 13th, 2012

With more than 44,000 ratings on Netflix (at the time of this post) with an average of 4 stars we are extremely thankful for the overwhelmingly positive response of our awesome fans and friends of The Lamp. Which means it’s time for us to put our film up against some other great films in a couple of festivals and see if it can come out with more awards than black eyes :-)

The first stop for our baby was the Kingdomwood Film Festival in Georgia last year where The Lamp took Best Drama and now we’re proud to say that it is an official selection of the Trail Dance Film Festival in Oklahoma and is nominated in 3 different categories. Those categories are:

• Best Drama

• Best Actor/Actress – Cameron ten Napel and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr

• Best Director

We’ve got our fingers crossed as we get ready to head to the festival on January 27th with the awards show on January 28th. Trail Dance is one of our favorite film festivals and we have to admit we covet the top notch Golden Drover awards that they give out. It’s a beautiful statue and is a testament to the awesome job that Anthony Foreman and the crew at Trail Dance do every year.

If you want to come out to Trail Dance head on over to their site here: Trail Dance Site and check out the nomination list, the screening schedule, and then get yourself a pass to see the movies. The awards show is free to the public and starts at 9pm on Saturday night January 28th, we would love to see you there!

After Trail Dance we have entered The Lamp into the AMC Theaters Kansas City Film Fest and we’ve got our fingers crossed to become an official selection. As soon as we know more on that front we’ll let you know on our Facebook page here: The Lamp on Facebook.

So that’s it, our little baby is growing up and we’re excited and hopeful it will do well, but not matter what happens the reviews and stories that we have heard from all of you is why we do what we do in the first place. We make great films for great people and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us in what we do. It’s really not possible without you!

Joe Jestus

PMD – TMP Studios •

Tracy vs Joe on Facebook

Friday, January 6th, 2012

As many of you know, director Tracy J Trost has a facebook page at and he curently stands at just under 300 friends who like it. Well, to start the new year and to give everyone a place to ask me questions and communicate about what’s going on at TMP Studios I now have a page too at (yep, I am).

And as I mentioned in the TMP Studios Insider, the real question is, “Who do you like more?” If you like Tracy more, then head on over to his page and “like” it and tell your friends too as well and help him reach 1,000 “likes” first. If you like me more, then head on over to my page and “like” it and tell your friends too as well and help me reach 1,000 “likes” first. (Keep in mind I always cheer for the underdog and with just 7 likes I am currently the major underdog.)

So you are probably wondering how YOU win, right? Well it’s easy, once one of us reaches 1,000 “likes” we will share a link on the winning page that will be active for 48 hours where you can download a PDF of Tracy’s book, Just Believe, which as I’m sure you all know come from our most recent film, The Lamp. So all 1,000 people who “like” me first will get a copy of Tracy’s book. (I mean all 1,000 people on the winning page. He, he…)

So there you have it! You can either “like” Tracy and take him from 300 to 1,000 fans or you can be a part of something monumental and “like” me and take me from 7 to 1,000 fans. The choice is yours and either way you win. (Although I think by liking me, you win a greater sense of accomplishment.)

Thanks for “liking” me no matter what!

Joe Jestus

PMD – TMP Studios •

P.S. – Yes, I know all of the links except one go to my page and not Tracy’s. I mean, I wrote the post and he has 288 and I’m at 7 – give a guy a break :-) Also, if you think Tracy and I should have a side contest where the loser has to do something let us know on our pages and we’ll pick the best suggestion. Now go “like” my page please. (Manners… never go out of style. – Sam in A Christmas Snow)

2012 – Sneak Peek

Friday, December 30th, 2011

With 2011 coming to a close we are thankful and grateful to those who have been with us from the good old days of 2009 when we launched out on director Tracy J Trost’s dream of making family friendly inspirational films and we are thankful for all the new friends we have met since then. It is your support that makes it possible for us to keep going in 2012.


We have several films that we are looking at moving forward on and it will just be a matter of which work out first. As you know each film is a major endeavor that takes time, talent, money and a team to make it possible. While we don’t have exact details, after all this is a sneak peek, we can tell you we’re looking at a Romantic Comedy, Western, Family Drama, and an Inspirational Period Piece. We are excited for each of them for different reasons and we can’t wait to share them all with you. What one will come to life in 2012, we don’t know yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do so you can join us for the adventure!

Live Events

Those of you with us from the beginning know that we got our start in TV and Live Events and 2012 might be a trip back to our roots. There are a couple of live events that TMP Studios might be a part of coming up in 2012 and as soon as the ink on the contracts are dry we’ll let you know where the TMP Studios crew will be headed off to for these events. Get ready for the TMP Truck Cam and your chance to chat with Director Tracy J Trost while he’s directing a live event!


As I mentioned above, TMP Studios got its start with Tracy J Trost who has an extensive background in television. We are hoping to get back to that history and we’ve got some exciting options for this fun medium. These options are in such an early stage that I can’t even share what they are about, but we are excited to get them moving and share them with you!


As you know, 2011 marked our first foray onto the stage with A Christmas Snow Live! and we loved it. You can rest assure that at some time and in some fashion TMP Studios will be back on the stage and as soon as we have all the details and dates locked down we’ll let you know so you can join us for this incredibly powerful experience.


With bestselling author Jim Stovall and award-winning director Tracy J Trost continuing to join forces in 2012, you know there will be more great books from both of them. So clear some space on your shelves or in your favorite tablet device for ebooks and get ready for more inspiration and adventure in 2012.

Thank You

Finally, I want to thank you once again for your support. It is what keeps us going when we launch out to chase our dreams of creating projects that will leave a lasting impact on our communities and our world. Because of your support you are just as much a part of the difference that is being made as we are. Thank you for a great 2011 and we can’t wait to continue the adventure in 2012 with you by our side!

Joe Jestus – PMD TMP Studios

2011 – Just Believe…

Friday, December 30th, 2011

What a year 2011 has been! We are so thankful to all of our friends and fans. If not for your support we couldn’t keep making family friendly inspirational movies, plays and more. Thank You!

The Lamp

The year started off with post production on our third feature film, The Lamp which we shot at the end of 2010 and stars Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel with Muse Watson and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. The Lamp is based on the novel by bestselling author Jim Stovall and we finished the film in the spring of 2011. After that, we held charitable screenings over the summer and fall and raised thousands of dollars for some great causes all around the country including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.

The Lamp was released on iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video and others in the fall to great reviews. It then hit many stores nationwide in September and October and the positive reviews kept pouring in. We heard from people all over the country who were inspired by the message of “Just Believe…” and others who had lost a loved one and were touched positively with a hope for the future. We are so grateful to be able to make films that touch people like this in such a positive way and your support is what makes it all possible.

The Lamp finally was released on Netflix streaming in December and over 28,000 people have already rated it with an average of 4 stars, wow! As we go into 2012 we are so excited to be nominated for 3 different awards at the Trail Dance Film Festival in January and we are looking forward to more stores carrying the DVD throughout the year.

A Christmas Snow

It’s amazing to think that two years ago at this time we were in pre-production on A Christmas Snow and now two years later we have sold DVDs all over the world, had it broadcast all over the world and numerous times here in the states. What an amazing experience it has been for us with our second film that has now been blessing people for two Christmas seasons. Just as we have heard wonderful things about people being impacted by The Lamp the message of forgiveness in A Christmas Snow has had a similar effect on people as well. We are always so excited to hear about people who have let go of years of bitterness and reconciled with family and friends after seeing the film. That is success to us! Thank you for making that possible.

A Christmas Snow Live!

While just two years ago we were getting ready to film A Christmas Snow, it was just one year ago that we were thinking about turning the story into a live stage play with the same stars from the film and we did it! A Christmas Snow Live! was an incredible experience as the actors and writer/director Tracy J Trost brought the story to life on stage in a powerful new way. Thousands of people were touched by this heartwarming play and called it “life changing” and “a must see show for the entire family”. I know as I stood in the atrium after a performance I was moved to hear the audience talking about how the play touched them and seeing grown men brought to tears by this story is something I will never forget. Once again this is only possible through the tireless support of our friends and fans, thank you!

What’s Next?

While 2011 was truly an exciting and busy year, we are excited to get going on 2012. With so many possibilities and opportunities for us at TMP Studios we can’t wait to get started. Take a sneak peek at what we have coming up here: 2012 – Sneak Peek

Thank you once again for all your support and from all of us at TMP Studios, have a Happy New Year!

Joe Jestus – PMD TMP Studios •

And the Nominees are…

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

TMP Studios and all those involved in The Lamp are pleased to announce that we have four nominations in three categories at the Trail Dance Film Festival coming up in January 2012.

The four nominations are:

• Best Feature Drama – The Lamp
• Best Actor – Cameron ten Napel
• Best Actor – Louis Gossett Jr
• Best Director – Tracy J Trost

We are so excited and thankful to everyone at Trail Dance, one of our favorite festivals in the country and we look forward to the festivities this January 27th-28th. See the whole list of nominations here: Nominees

Trail Dance is always full of great films and tough competition and we hope to add another Golden Drover to our collection. It is one of our most prized awards. If you want to take part in the festival visit their site here and get your tickets today: Trail Dance

The Lamp is the third feature film from TMP Studios and Writer/Director Tracy J Trost and the second with his partner bestselling author Jim Stovall. The film follows Stanley Walters (Jason London) who is suffering from the loss of his only child, and has secluded himself to a dark and lonely place. Sullen and without hope, he continues to hide from and neglect those he loves despite their attempts to reach out to him.

In what seems to be the final days of their already strained marriage, his wife Lisa (Meredith Salenger) is presented with a strange gift; an old oil lamp. Along with the lamp comes a mysterious messenger (Louis Gossett Jr) and a question that causes them to search the depths of their hearts for what’s truly important in life…

If you could have anything you wanted, what would YOU wish for?

The Lamp stars: Jason London (Man in the Moon, All Roads Lead Home), Meredith Salenger (Journey of Natty Gann, Lake Placid), L Scott Caldwell (Lost), Sarah Brown (Days of our Lives), Cameron ten Napel (A Christmas Snow, Cool Dog) with Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison Break) and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr (An Officer and a Gentleman).

The Lamp is currently available in stores nationwide and on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. To support TMP Studios directly you can shop for it at