We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Sharp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
During the time In 2006, I created A.Sharp Productions (ASP) an independent film company, to shine light on the struggles people face every day such as love, loss, change, and family. But rather than a static representation of our daily problems, I work to introduce new characters that will challenge and enlighten our normal ideologies. ASP is committed to developing honest and compelling depictions of underrepresented communities that can be understood and felt by all. I’m devoted to creating equality through authentic storytelling which captures universal emotions and encourages positive change.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It certainly has not been easy. I’ve had many challenges, struggles & setbacks along the way. What I learned to do early on is listen to why I was being “rejected”. Why didn’t this project work or why didn’t that one and use those lessons to further my knowledge & growth as an artist. What sets me apart from others is my unique storytelling perspective & character development. For example, my current project & the one I’m most proud of, Dimensional Shift, took me ten years to write – mainly because I had to evolve as an individual to tell this story. Dimensional Shift tells the harrowing story of a family man’s journey seeking redemption to overcome his personal demons. Riddled with rage and anger, Paul leads a life of crime. Killed protecting his family, he’s ordered to return to earth to leap into various people to learn lessons he neglected to see as himself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, in these strange post-covid times, I’m not sure what’s still open? So in some ways I would have to learn the city all-over again with anyone who came to visit. For people who’ve never visited California, I do take them to see the “sights” like the Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, USC’s campus – of course, Go Trojans! For my family who’s visited me several times, we usually do something more laid back, like a cigar lounge, the Soho House, a nice golf course, or just a home cook meal with a game of spades.
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?
As a gay black woman, I have to give thanks to the black artist that have come prior creating a path forward by bravery and determination to use their voice I’ve been fortunate to have crossed paths with many who encouraged / believed in my journey. My family, friends, and partner have been supportive every step of the way. My mother was my biggest fan and even though she has passed I continue to feel her love & encouragement daily.