We had the good fortune of connecting with Carson Lane Campman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carson, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Being a writer is being a professional at change. You will constantly be humbled, especially in a creative field. You have to learn to accept rejection and opinions that differ from your own, which can be very emotionally draining. Sometimes the most difficult part of the creative process is maintaining your own voice, style, and vision while taking others’ ideas into consideration. You may decide to take advice or pass on it, but listening is important. No matter what you do, you can not get comfortable with the amount of talent or the portfolio that you have — always try to expand, listen to critiques, and understand that improving yourself and your craft at any chance you get is the smartest thing you can do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a screenwriter and focus mainly on drama and dark comedy genres. Everything I write features strong, diverse female characters and deals with serious, topical issues such as teen pregnancy, divorce, and sexual harassment. I aim to be a driving force in changing the narrative regarding women on and off the screen. It has always been a priority in my work to center on complex, unique women partaking in narratives that are not about their gender. I believe cinema and television are desperately craving compelling content that just so happens to feature female leads. The day when characters are simply described as “heroes” rather than “female heroes” or “minority heroes” is the day we can ease our fight for equal representation. I aim to embrace the talent, opportunity, and value that women hold through my work and my career and help discourage cinema from treating gender or race like character traits. If you want to be a writer, you have to write. Don’t wait for prompts or assignments or jobs, just write as much as you can. When you want to move on from one project, start searching for a new interest to write about. Always keep moving and looking ahead to your next project.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When my best friend visits me from North Carolina, we try to do as many things that are unique to LA as possible. We eat at In-N-Out, go to the Getty Museum or LACMA, hike to the Hollywood sign, see a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, shop at the Grove, and get the Obama Special at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. We are also sure to stop at any food trucks we can find!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank the Cinema and Television Arts Department at California State University, Northridge for providing such intensive, detailed, and engaging courses. I have grown so much since beginning my degree and feel lucky to be a part of this program.
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