I Do This For A Living : The Movie

Narrative Feature Length Film Directed By Noah Arthur Woods


“During a hot Arkansan summer, Jeff’s son, Ab, returns home after battling addiction and being arrested. Ab’s closest friend, Bo, a trans girl, starts hanging around the house to Jeff’s displeasure. Jeff’s mechanic work looms over him until it finally reaches a breaking point as Bo becomes more involved with the family.”


“I DO THIS FOR A LIVING” is about what it means to grow up in the south, but more importantly growing up with secrets and thoughts that don’t align with the southern way of life.  

Noah found their love for movies while growing up being the only child in the house. Once it was time to leave the house and find a career, they knew they wanted to make films. After four years majoring in film and many student projects, it was time to start. This story is loosely based on their life growing up in northeast Arkansas, so most of the locations, characters and incidents are taken from different aspects of life that Noah had been around as a kid/teenager.

The film is shot on location in the small town of Tyronza, Arkansas. Where the filmmaker and most of the cast grew up. It is a small community off of the highway between Jonesboro Arkansas and Memphis Tennessee.

In this film we follow 3 main characters Jeff, Ab, and Bo.

Jeff, a southern man. Raised to be the head of the house. A diesel mechanic struggling to catch a break or find balance not only with work and family but also within his-self. Has to navigate being at the end of his rope with work and his son. 


Ab, a young man not having an emotional support system growing up. Yes, his family loves him. But the things not said are the hardest to bear. Feeling loved but not understood, Ab knows he has always been different but struggles with what he feels vs. how he was raised. And the disapproval of his choices weigh him down more than he can express. Until he meets Bo.


Bo, a trans girl unnecessarily comfortable with the harshness of southern ridicule. Raised in an abusive family, finds comfort in Ab’s acceptance and Ab finds his emotional support. Together they try to find their place in a small town where they feel out of place. All while both seeking Jeff’s approval.

Many people hide who they are to fit in. Some of us know what it is like to find that person in your life that lets you be your true self, and the relief that brings. But that person is not always the person you think it is going to be. And sometimes you run out of time before you can find them…

Making a movie is hard and only works well when you have a team of talented people that are willing to put in hours and hours into a shared vision. This could never happen without our team. This is why we are trying to raise money. For them. The team, their talents, and time away from their families. This all comes at a cost to tell a story. A story a lot of people need to see. Representation on screen that can start to heal and create empathy in others.


We have successfully raised $8,800 dollars that we used to shoot the first 46 pages during the last week of May 2022.  We are now seeking $12,000 of funding to film the last 53 pages at the end of July 2022.

Please consider donating to this film. The money will be used to pay for the wages, meals and housing for the fantastic crew. A crew Noah has been building over the last five years. Their skills and hard work are what makes Noah’s vision possible. 

Without your generosity, this movie would not happen. 

Thank you again and again and again....

Donations (17)

  • Jon Crawford
    • $2,000 
    • 1 yr
  • Cameron Howe
    • $5 
    • 1 yr
  • Kaycie Vinson
    • $25 
    • 1 yr
  • Karah Rogers
    • $5 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $1,000 
    • 1 yr

Fundraising team (2)

Jeff Woods
Raised $2,090 from 5 donations
Nashville, TN
Amalia Eddings
Team member
Raised $105 from 4 donations
This team raised $3,085 from 8 other donations.

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