We had the good fortune of connecting with Barrett Carroll Curtis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Barrett Carroll, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
It is very important to understand the business, how things work and what is expected of you in order to have a functional relationship with others and build your resume and reputation. However, A lot of teachers, directors, managers, agents and other “authority figures” will tell you that certain things work a certain way because that is how it’s always been. The truth is that things function a certain way until people come along and choose to change it. Only you can ultimately decide the best path for your own artistic journey. As an artist you must be able to work like a sponge…take in everything you can and then filter out what doesn’t work for you. To put my answer more simply… 1) Trust your instincts 2) Learn all the rules and then learn when it’s the right time to toss those rules in the trash.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I was very young I remember telling my grandpa that I had 13 things I wanted to be when I grew up… I’m not sure that has changed. I have always been an entertainer to the very core of my being and I love the work. There is nothing more enthralling than taking a piece of paper and chiseling out a person and story that can visually be seen and felt by others. As someone who has experienced a lot of trauma, I find it important to be able to laugh at ones self as well. Having a regular gig performing in comedy sketches on CONAN has certainly been a highlight for me as an actor. Once I started teaching acting and coaching people on career development, I found that to be very rewarding as well. Once you have gone through years and years of the ups and downs of entertainment, you can feel an obligation to help others along their journey as well. Content creation was never something I really thought I would do but I used it as a therapeutic for myself and I realized that sharing some of my stories, ideas and life experiences online was empowering for others and I gained a large following from doing so.

Whether as an actor, teacher or content creator I believe that being genuine and speaking your truth honestly and unapologetically will take you far. I have so many books, scripts, stories and ideas I have just waiting in my mind as I slowly but surely carve each one out into existence. Denzel Washington once said “True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it’s yours already.” I believe that and I strive to live that everyday. I don’t believe that any of these things I am passionate about are placed within my heart or mind by accident. I believe that is the case for everyone. In everything I do and create…. ultimately I just want to know that at the end of my life I gave my heart and talents away fully and hopefully I leave this world a better place than I found it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is the easiest question so far. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and most of my closest friends are still back home. Nothing makes me happier than when they come and visit. – Pick them up at LAX and then drive up the PCH all the way to Malibu…with some stops on the way. Two or three of my favorite beaches and hiking spots are in LA. I would for sure take them to “The Griddle” in Hollywood for breakfast then probably Hike up to the Griffith Observatory. I’d probably take them to a couple of the studios to see some filming and what it’s like to be on set. You have to go to the Comedy Store or Laugh Factory at night for drinks. Tomoko Spa in Beverly Hills is an experience that everyone needs to have. Dreamscape virtual reality experience in the Century City Mall is amazing. Any of the musems…the Getty ….This list could go on and on.. End the trip with a night out at Clifton’s in down town LA.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people I could thank for the success and opportunities that I have had so far. I had a really rough childhood and early adult life but those experiences really blend into my work as an actor and my passion for various social issues. My long time acting coach, mentor & friend “Diane Christiansen” always says “Your pain is your gold.” I have found that to be very true and very useful in my life. Yes, some of the worst people in my life certainly led to a lot of my determination to succeed. I have also been abundantly blessed with amazing people who have come into my life and helped me & supported me along my journey so far. Diane Christiansen is definitely one of those people as well as my late grandfather who taught me about character and how to treat people.

My late uncle Don Warden is another who was Dolly Parton’s manager for over 50 years. I’ll never forget sitting in his Nashville home several years back when he told me “There is plenty of success out there waiting to be claimed, why should you not be the one to claim it.” My good friend and mentor Judson Mock, who is a very well respected financial advisor has also been a pivotal support in my life. As an artist it is easy to surround yourself just with other artists but ultimately it is important to anchor yourself with those who love you, care about you and support you…but have their own lives outside of entertainment and can give perspectives that perhaps challenge the way that you currently see a situation. Those are some of the main people I would shoutout right now but honestly there are so many people I am leaving out, I truly have been blessed with amazing teachers, mentors and friends.

Website: www.barrettcarroll.com

Instagram: @barrettcarrollcurtis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barrettcarrollcurtis

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlQHA04RYTpUEyWluxtx5Q

Other: IMDB – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5811852/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@barrettcarrollcurtis?lang=en

Image Credits
Korbyn Skye Photography

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