At the age of eight, Bug Hall went from living in a one room duplex with his mother, step-father, and three siblings to starring as Alfalfa in Steven Spielberg's THE LITTLE RASCALS. From a rundown Fort Worth suburb to the neon lights of Hollywood. From a school playground to A-list parties and fame, where who you are is what you are, truth is relative, and the only rule is "don't let the paparazzi find out". A chance meeting with an exorcist would begin Bug's long road to the Truth... Incarnate.
Bug spent his childhood making movies and T.V. shows for every major studio and network. During that time, he experienced continued abuse by various predators in Hollywood. In his pre-teens he fell into the use of alcohol and drugs as a means of escape, but after the death of a close friend in his early twenties, Bug decided to get sober. After his sobriety he continued to work as an actor, while also focusing on writing. His scripts were picked up for development by major studios, but the development process on one particular project led to a chance encounter with a Catholic priest… who also happened to be an exorcist. A contentious conversation about human nature, objective truth, and the existence of God quickly became a moment of extraordinary grace. Bug converted to Catholicism that very night.
Immediately after his baptism Bug found his work and lifestyle at odds with his new faith. He went to live in the Mojave Desert as an extreme attempt to avoid his habits of sin. He continued to study the faith there while also coming into town for mass and for selective auditions. After a few months he realized he needed to go a little further. Bug returned home to Texas to work on a ranch with his brother (a Baptist youth minister). There he worked hard and lived simply, arguing the faith by day and veraciously studying apologetics by night. After ten months of that trial by fire Bug received a call from some Catholics in Hollywood asking if he’d come back and help them form a development company.
The plan was simple; Create secular projects with Catholic values, a clandestine approach to filmmaking back in the belly of the beast. Bug hit the ground running, helping to raise a multi-million-dollar development fund. At this time, Bug met his wife Jill and began courting her. They were married shortly after, and their first daughter came nine months later. Bug quickly developed multiple projects and built a large slate for sale, but he began struggling internally as moral compromises were continually committed to get those projects made. He excused them as being outside of his direct control, and he stayed quiet. Silence became his prison, but his conscience never ceased to whisper. After seven years of sobriety, Bug relapsed. He got up the next day shocked and confused, and got to confession.
Bug continued his work in development, as well as giving story engineering and development seminars to various film commissions. After writing, producing, and starring in a film with Selena Gomez, Bug fell into another relapse, then another a year later after creating and selling a show to Netflix. Bug never stopped going to daily mass, but something wasn’t right. Halfway through production on his Netflix show, Bug asked for some time off. During that time, he begged God to reveal what was happening, and God answered. Bug was invited by his priest friend to assist in an exorcism. It was in that exorcism that Bug realized his conscience couldn’t be ignored. He saw clearly the events of his life as a preparation for another more radical path. Silence was no longer an option.
After nearly 30 years in the entertainment industry starring in more than 50 T.V. shows and films, Bug quit his company and asked to be recused from his Netflix show. He saw clearly that running the Hollywood rat race was just another wide gate and crooked path. He left Hollywood to follow Christ's example of simplicity and live an authentically Catholic life, so as to run the only race that matters… and enter the narrow gate of salvation.
-CONVERSION TALK - Beginning with the idea that hitting his mark was Bug’s main job for nearly 30 years and how that relates to the classical definition of sin as “missing the mark”, Bug makes the point that God uses the events of our lives to prepare our hearts for Himself. He then touches briefly on his experience growing up in Hollywood. He eventually gets to his initial conversion to the Catholic faith and how he spent the following years trying to reconcile his new faith with his job. Unable to do that in the current climate within the entertainment industry, Bug finally decided to give up his success and leave Hollywood to pursue a life of simplicity, because the only real success in this life is a life well lived with Christ at its absolute center.
-THE FOOT OF THE CROSS: A Talk On Contending With Sorrow - This talk is still being prepared.
-BEHOLD THE MAN: A Talk On Masculinity - This talk is still being prepared.
-BRUTAL HEARTS: A Talk On Creative Writing And Beauty - This talk is still being prepared.