Hello! My name is Matthew Schmidt. I am a 24 year old filmmaker and I come from the suburbs of San Fransisco in California. Recently I started something called Tunnel Sessions. You can check it out on Facebook or check out my YouTube channel (links below). Right now all it consists of is videos of some amazingly talented musicians we have here at YWAM Brisbane. What is it going to be you ask? To be honest, I don't really know yet. It's an exciting time for Tunnel Sessions because at this point it can be whatever I want it to be; I get to be creative with it.

I'm an 'ideas' person. I love the process of imagining what things could be. I love imagining what movie I want to make, what it will look and feel like. But the reality of it is something else entirely. It's messy, hard, and it takes work. I used to hate the process of bringing something into reality but I've learned that there is so much beauty in the process.

Tunnel Sessions is just something that happened one day. I had been talking about filming a music video for one of our staff Emily Baran for a while and one Saturday we decided to go into these tunnels merely to see how it would look. We wound up filming something and it turned out great. From that point, I had the idea for Tunnel Sessions. It's funny because it was this random, spur of the moment thing that now gives me an outlet to do everything I've ever wanted to do in my life. I can work with musicians, make music videos, make short films, make documentaries, produce music, create clothing, whatever I want. The possibilities are endless right now.

What can this become? What do I want Tunnel Sessions to be exactly? How am I going to do this? What is a good name? How this going to fit in with all my other responsibilities? These are just a few of the questions I've been having recently and to be honest, they weigh me down. But since when is life easy?

When I was a 16 or so I had this foolish notion that life was gonna be so easy. I was going to be married at 20, have kids by 22, a great job with money coming in, and a nice yacht to see the world in. Easy: a no problems, happy life. The End. But that's not reality. I'm 24, no wife, in Australia with little money, not really sure what I'm going to do after I leave here. Man, life was so much easier when I was 16.

It's hard sometimes to stop and enjoy the journey and the process of discovery and developing. It's hard to how what I'm doing right now is going to benefit me in the long run but I truly know now that to succeed in life you have to work at. I have a camera, I have ideas, and I have amazing and talented creative people around me. I'm going to make the most of this opportunity no matter where it leads.

And I won't forget to see the blessing and to be a blessing in the midst of it.

In the struggle lies the beauty, in the struggle lies the wonder, and in the struggle there is life.

Links to Tunnel Sessions:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tunnelsessions/?fref=nf&pnref=story
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvf36x93y9fcw8UyjPWKOaQ