We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabrina Lassegue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sabrina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think the risks I have taken have paid off, but of course there have been times I fell on my face. I took a chance on myself at 17 years old and went to a performing arts college for acting and moved to NYC. I then moved to LA to finish school at 18 and wound up taking risks applying for auditions and work while I was out there. I found myself taking leaps of faith and always willing to get out of my comfort zone for roles and learning experiences.
I had the opportunity to dive into film production and writing while in acting school because of those risks. I remember thinking I was never going to get into different programs or jobs on a set because it was so rare to see women who look like me, let alone young women. I was out in the world at 19, got signed as an actress after I graduated and I’ve since had so many opportunities because I was willing to take risks. I was definitely never fearless, I always had fear and still do and there are times I make the wrong decisions, work with the wrong people, or mess up when directing, but I learn from my mistakes. I’m still learning, but I started my production company a little less than a year ago and I’ve met so many wonderful people and been able to tell so many impactful stories.
It’s definitely a financial risk being in this industry so young. People don’t really want to take you seriously until you’re much older, but I’m gaining so much insight and experience and opportunities. I’m 20 years old now and I’m already producing and directing films and getting to do what I love on both sides of the camera. I think it’s important to take a leap of faith and if you fall on your face, you get back up and try again.
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 fell in love with dance and acting at such a young age, but I also started making films at 5 years old. I remember how obsessed I was with Steven Spielberg and I so badly wanted to call action. I started making bad short films and writing scripts at 12 and by the time I was 16 I had written 3 feature films.
I’ve definitely learned to trust my gut more. I’ve been put in a lot of compromising positions with some people I worked with because of a lack of respect and I think it broke me down and made me stronger.
I look up to women like Kerry Washington, Ava Duvernay, Issa Rae and Viola Davis because of their resilience in this industry as black women who do it all.
Yellow Rain Productions is just getting started and off it’s feet. It hasn’t even been a full year since we launched and we’ve accomplished so much with such a diverse group of crew and talent to tell amazing stories. That’s honestly all I could have ever hoped for. I think people look at my work and get impatient wanting to see it(which is great), but they don’t realize I only recently turned 20 and I funded all my projects last year by myself. It’s a very difficult task, but if it means getting to highlight the talent of people of color and tell stories that deserve to be heard, it’s completely worth it.
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?
It’s hard to find anything to do that is covid safe during the pandemic, but definitely the private beach area of Malibu. I love going to Malibu because it’s not crowded at all and it’s great to relax and get drone shots of the ocean. I love eating at Il Pastaio, they have such a divine linguine Con Crostacei and I love seafood and the way their restaurant is set up. I definitely enjoy going to Griffith park as well for nature hikes with friends and pre covid you could always catch me taking a dance class at Millenium or Playground LA.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could never take sole credit for my success. I’ve had the most supportive parents who are always there cheering me on and when I fall on my face, there to mooch me up. I definitely owe a lot of credit to teachers I had through the years. I think teachers are so underrated. They really pushed me to follow my dreams and explore writing and story telling and made me feel my voice mattered. Especially my high school english teacher Ms. Reynolds. She always encouraged me to keep writing and reading. I’m thankful for many of my professors and mentors from AMDA who taught me extremely valuable lessons and about the craft itself and how to navigate the industry. Many of them inspired me and gave me opportunities, primarily in the artists lab. They took me under their wing and gave me the tools to get through the filmmaking door.
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