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This is a story of slammed doors, rejection, ridicule, and ultimately the tenacity that produced for Joe Camp the #3 movie of the year, without any help from Hollywood. An inspiring insight into how to make things happen, against all odds, and confirmation that every dream is, in fact, possible.
Author of the National Best Seller The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd, Camp was told by industry “experts” not to bother with his first Benji film; that it wouldn’t work. He proved the experts wrong. Film buffs, aspiring writers, and directors will find Camp’s story inspiring. After an award-winning career in movies and television, Joe Camp at it again with a new career as an author. His National Best Seller The Soul of a Horse is in its twelfth printing and is changing the lives of horses and people all across the planet for the better. Camp has written, produced and directed seven theatrical motion pictures cumulatively grossing well over the equivalent of $600 million in today’s dollars, making him one of the most successful independent filmmakers of all time.
Read the Foreword by Jack L. Kennedy
A wise elder once said, “You can’t tell a book by its cover.”
He or she must have been referring to Who Needs Hollywood.
If you want or expect a namedropping foray through Tinsel Town, or a nice cute tale about dogs by the guy in 1974 who forged the first Benji movie almost with his bare hands, you won’t be too disappointed as author Joe Camp does throw in a few names and battles with stereotypical Hollywood forms and other more conventional devices.
But the Hollywood glamour days are almost secondary, the theatrical drama virtually anti-climactic. In a strange, strong, compelling sense, the book is not about the making of a Hollywood movie. It is about faith….having faith in what you can do, in hanging on.
It also is a love story, for Joe’s first wife Carolyn, a college sweetheart who died too young but believed in him and for his present wife Kathleen. It is about strength and memories and family and remembering what his dad taught him about talent and perseverance long before he approached movie making. It is about the importance of little things like trust, observation, caring, really observing, questioning, mentoring, and doing something one believes in with someone one cares about, not just making money for the sake of the coins collected. It is not a pompous, presumptive, egocentric piece about success on the surface but more about feeling and finding and forming. Camp’s previous best seller, The Soul of a Horse used a similar approach: horse training as a way to explore the real human soul. Camp occasionally gives us some clues about himself and his motivation for life, not just a springboard for screenplays and books. He writes, for example, “Given a choice, I simply prefer to believe, rather than doubt, what people tell me. I prefer faith to suspicion. So, I tend to thwart what little intuition I might have with an assumption that people are largely caring, honest, intelligent and understanding.”
Sometimes, we literally have trouble seeing things from others’ points of view. It was hard to convince potential backers that Benji could act, that he was the star. A Dallas newspaper reviewer never mentioned the pooch when on the set to do a story; “big people” had to be the star.” Camp, however, finally sold the idea that emotions and feelings can be transmitted and revealed via a small canine.
The conscientious reader wanting much more than the typical Hollywood celebrity story need not despair or search any longer. He or she will find it in what Camp has written.
Jack L. Kennedy – The Joplin Independent
A NOTE FROM KATHLEEN
Hi everybody. This is Kathleen. I sent Joe to the barn so I could write this piece of truth. His next book has just come out and no it’s not the follow up to The Soul of a Horse. Joe had this book and two others almost finished when he pushed them aside to write “Soul”. This one’s not even about horses… unless you’ve ever wondered what kind of person could begin writing a book like The Soul of a Horse less than a year-and-a-half after acquiring his very first one. This book will answer that question (in spades!). So, in truth, it is about horses because this journey is the one that created the man who has meant so much to you and your horses. It’s called: Who Needs Hollywood… (with the longest subtitle in bookdom :)
You will love it. I promise.
Thanks bunches and thank you so much for the support and encouragement you’ve given my hubby – Kathleen
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The story of our journey with horses (to date) is told in the two books that follow: the national best seller The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd and its sequel Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse.
And what a story it is as two novices without a clue stumble and bumble their way through the learning process so that hopefully you won’t have to. If you haven’t read both of these books already please do because with that reading, I believe, will come not just the knowledge of discovery but the passion and the excitement to cause you to commit to your journey with horses, to do for the horse without waiver so that your relationship and experience will be with loving, happy and healthy horses who are willing partners and who never stop trying for you. Horses like ours.
The highly acclaimed best selling sequel to the National Best Seller
The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd
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But first read the National Best Seller that started it all
Now in its 14th Printing:
PRAISE FOR THE WORKS OF JOE CAMP
“Joe Camp is a master storyteller.” –The New York Times
“The tightly written, simply designed, and powerfully drawn chapters often read like short stories that flow from the heart, not just the corral.” –Jack L. Kennedy – The Joplin Independent
“Joe Camp is a gifted storyteller and the results are magical. Joe entertains, educates and empowers, baring his own soul while articulating keystone principles of a modern revolution in horsemanship.” – Rick Lamb, Author and TV/Radio host “The Horse Show”
“Joe Camp is a natural when it comes to understanding how animals tick and a genius at telling us their story. The Soul of a Horse is a must-read for those who love animals of any species.” – Monty Roberts, Author of New York Times Best-seller
The Man Who Listens to Horses
“One cannot help but be touched by Camp’s love and sympathy for animals and by his eloquence on the subject.” – Michael Korda, The Washington Post
“I read The Soul of a Horse and I see the soul of a man. I am absolutely captivated.” – Dr. Robert M. Miller, DVM, Author, Lecturer, Equine Veterinarian, 2004 Western States Hall of Fame
“You will never look at a horse race, or a herd of mustangs, or even the canine of dubious parentage that is lounging on your couch, the same way.” – Debra McGuire, The Las Vegas Review Journal
Follow our latest journey with two amazing new arrivals from the wild. Kathleen’s terrific photos are worth the click.
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