We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney DeCamp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I’ve tried to give up many times. I took on “normal” day jobs and even went back to school to try and find a job that I could settle for. Each time I’ve tried to quit acting or writing, I was offered a gig or a big audition landed in my lap. I took this as a sign every time that I am doing what I am meant to do. If there is a gnawing in your gut and you can’t stop thinking about your dreams and goals, then stick with it. Trying to give up on your calling is detrimental to your wellbeing. Keep on trucking. You never know what will be the catalyst for your breakthrough.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a film and television actress who took the industry shut down as a way to work on my screenwriting skills. I’m very excited about several pilots I have written. They have done well in competitions and been read by some big names in television. My hope is to develop one or more of these amazing scripts and give audiences something they desperately seek: originality. I’ve learned to write as a consumer. What do I want to watch? What types of characters do I want to see on TV? So I started to write exactly what I’d enjoy seeing on the screen.
My genres are fantasy/sci-fi and drama. I love to write stories that will take audiences away from reality for a little while.
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.
I haven’t been in LA long but I would definitely show my friend Griffith Park and all of the amazing trails and sights it has to offer. The hikes are fun and there is so much to see!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband is my best cheerleader in anything I do. He reads all of my scripts and even helps me with video auditions. My Northern California Writer’s Group as well as my Santa Monica Writer’s Group have both been wonderful and so extremely helpful on my journey as a new screenwriter. I’ve gained so much knowledge and support from these two groups. I would also like to thank my old mentor, Nina Nesbitt, for all of her encouragement when it comes to my acting career. She sometimes believed in me more than I did. I have a small support network, but it is amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.