We had the good fortune of connecting with Camille Corbett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camille, how do you think about risk?
To be honest, I haven’t taken a lot of risks in my career. Most of the moves that I have made have been very tactical. I feel like you sort of have to be very strategic to approach any lofty goal. But I will say sometimes I push my limits. Like I’ve been known to email a Kickstarter or a link to a new project I’ve been working on to every person in the industry that I know. But I feel like sometimes that boldness is needed to get anywhere and show the right people that you are building towards your career as an artist. Honestly, it’s a great way to be pleasantly surprised at how many people believe in you. Most of the Kickstarter donations for my Crystal & Chelsea pilot came from people that I emailed personally.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently a Staff Writer on the upcoming Netflix multi-cam sitcom, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me. I consider myself to be a comedy writer and the road getting there wasn’t easy. This is an estimate, but women get told they’re not funny as men probably 5 million times in their life, so getting over that mental barrier was the first step for me to really own my funny. The next step was actually being funny, and luckily that came easily. I studied comedy styles, attended UCB classes, and wrote funny scripts until enough people liked them to give me a job. In addition, I independently co-wrote, produced, and starred in a pilot about a psychic that scams white women into being less racist. It’s called Crystal & Chelsea and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It taught me the value of having a strong vision for a project, whether it be a comedy or a drama. I feel like the experience really prepared me to go through the same process on a studio level. It’s my absolute dream to be a showrunner one day. I feel like since releasing the Crystal & Chelsea pilot, it has very much become my calling card. And I’m not mad at that, because it is on-brand with what I enjoy talking about in my art which is: Women of color trying to have it all. I feel like it’s important for more complex women of color to be shown on screen, so that’s what I try to write in all my scripts, regardless of drama or time period. But I’m an actress as well, so the simple act of me auditioning, I feel, is also a contribution to my overall vision of more women of color being present in television and film. I feel like it is hard for anyone to consider themselves beautiful without representation, and I’ve made it my mission as an artist, to provide representation to women of color.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My ideal weekend in LA, pre-Covid would probably have to be a Saturday brunch at Republique, then a nice walk around Lacma, maybe even peep inside to see a new exhibit, then hop over to Century City Mall for a little retail therapy and catch dinner at Din Tai Fung, afterward. Sunday morning you would burn off those calories hiking around Griffith Park and then heading to Naturewell for a Berrylicious Smoothie or to Alfred’s Tea Room for a coconut with boba. After a relaxing shower, grab a salad from Simple Things, then head to Wii Spa for an hour-long massage and a facial. Finish the weekend with a Sugarfish bento box and a blunt. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel like my shoutout has to go to Miranda Pacheco. I met her during a hike for Women of Color in the industry, and she’s helped me at every stage of my career, whether it was giving notes on a pilot, helping me find representation, or producing Crystal & Chelsea. Miranda is a producer with a clear vision who is a boss at problem-solving. I would most definitely be lost without her.
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