We had the good fortune of connecting with Carl Seaton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carl, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Chicago, which is a blue collar town rooted in working hard and enduring very tough weather. Growing up in Chicago gave me an insane work ethic, grit to handle hardships, and hustle to maneuver through or around obstacles.
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 a director currently working in episodic television on shows like Chicago Pd, Batwoman, Godfather of Harlem, and Snowfall. I started out writing and making independent films. I got to where I am by consistently educating myself on the craft of directing, learning the business, finding my cinematic voice, and embracing the art of storytelling in all aspects. This was not an easy road. It was a long arduous path with lots of epic lessons learned stemming from failures, mistakes, and shadiness in this industry. Overcoming the challenges started with facing my inner challenges and confronting self deceptions that blocked me from elevating.
Some of the biggest lessons I learned are to never give up, don’t be afraid to fail as long you learn the lesson in the failure, be consistent, serving others rewards you exponentially, chase your passion, discover the difference between your ego and gut instinct and learn how to listen to your gut as often as possible.
I want the world to know that I am a storyteller focused on creating high quality content.
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.
Playa del Rey beachfront, a bike ride through pacific palisades, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, Leimert Park, giving socks to the homeless in skid row, paddle boat in echo park, the comedy store, Mulholland drive, the Universal lot, several vegan restaurants like Earle’s Grill, Simply Wholesome, My Two Cents and masa cafe for deep dish pizza.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Spike Lee, the Nupe’s, Iceberg Slim, ABFF, John Singleton, Eriq LaSalle, Kenny Young, Phil James, Roger Bobb, Karen Peterkin, DGA, Robert Greene, the book I’ll Be In My Trailer, by John Badham. Directors Tell The Story by Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli, and my therapist, Calvin Murphy- R.I.P.
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