We had the good fortune of connecting with Dee Dee Stephens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dee Dee, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career because I was unhappy in corporate America. I was on my way to becoming a successful financial advisor in the Bay Area but I hated my job so much, I could barely breathe! It was making physically sick; I was out on sick leave for several months but doctors couldn’t find a cause for the issues I was having. That’s when I made the decision to move to LA to pursue acting. I had nothing to loose and my job was making me sick. It was the perfect time to pursue my dreams. I left for LA and I’ve happy and healthy ever since.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe that art can change the world, so I choose to change the world for the better. I am currently creating female centered films that discuss everything from masturbation to spirituality. I am most interested in how these films get made, wanting to keep creative control over my artistic vision. I’ve learned that the entertainment industry can be soul sucking. I love art, but I hate when art is commodified. I’ve had to become very clear on what I am and am not willing to deal with professionally. I’ve also learned that no one is going to give me anything, so I decided to increase my skill set beyond just acting. I am now producing, doing stand-up comedy, directing and writing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Leimert Park on the weekends for shops, vendors and music; Baldwin Hills Movie theater for a scary movie (because it’s not about the movie, it’s about the audience); The Granada LA for Salsa Dancing; The Barefoot Lounge in Los Feliz for karaoke and great drinks; Wii Spa for a massage and day to chill, Dockweiler Beach for BBQ and bonfire.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A big shoutout to my family, especially my Mom. They have supported me through thick and thin.