We had the good fortune of connecting with Sadie Dean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sadie, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
2020 was primed for many creatives and artists to throw in the towel and give up. I know a lot of artists that did. The pressure of life responsibilities really hit the fan for most. As for myself, it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies 100% of the time. I have a rock band The Coolers, and we hit a lot of ups and many downs this last year. We were gearing up to open for Oingo Boingo (Former Members) Spring of 2020. The whirlwind frenzy of putting together a solid show was something we were really looking forward to. Needless to say, the show hasn’t happened (yet!). When the wind got knocked out of our sails, we attempted to be more “present” in the social media space. We also put our film and music production skills to the “socially distant” test to release two new singles and accompanying music videos. It’s certainly difficult to be collaboratively creative when you can’t be under the same roof. That moment definitely made it feel like it was time to give up.
I’m also a filmmaker and writer. I used that creative downtime to start focusing on a new music project. It’s been exciting and terrifying all at the same time. And I’ve set aside scheduled time for writing. I have an incredible writing partner, and thanks to technology – we’ve been able to virtually meet on a weekly basis and crank out scripts. I was contacted early Spring 2020 by my friend and filmmaker Yusuf Khan who had recently produced a short film ‘Reflection’ and needed a score for it – so I took that project on as well. It was a unique experience. The film has been receiving many accolades in the film festival circuit.
Needless to say, with the topsy-turvy year that was 2020, I’ve decided to keep going. My advice to those that are undecided on what to do, use this “downtime” to refocus and recharge if you can. Write more. Make more music. Paint. Try out cross-stitching. Pick up a new hobby. Whatever that creative outlet is that you’re seeking – do it. You never know what the next chapter has in store for you, but you can try to make the best of it – even during this wild time in history.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been in the music business on and off for the last fifteen years. I’ve gone through a lot of hurdles through failed collaborations and so forth. I like to think I was able to get my band The Coolers to where we left off the top of 2020 was by hitting the pavement as hard as I could. I built prominent relationships with other musicians and bookers. In 2019, we were playing at least 2 shows a month and rehearsing and writing constantly. We were persistent and growing as a band. It was really cool to meet new fans and meet fans that had found us through other outlets. We were hitting a stride and then the 2020 lockdown happened.
Since then, I’ve been working on a solo music project. It’s made me feel completely vulnerable, but I think that’s a good thing. I’m writing music that resonates with me. I’ve shared a few of the demo tracks with my inner circle, and so far have received a lot of positive feedback. Once I can safely get into a recording studio, I plan on taking the demos and bringing in a mixture of band pals to help me bring these songs to life. On the writing/filmmaking front, I’ve been in the business professionally for…a long time. I’ve been optioned, produced, and done the contest circuit. I’ve worked on sets as a PA to an Executive Producer – each hat has a bucket of responsibilities and I’ve learned a lot of life and career lessons from those roles. You definitely can learn a lot from your mistakes, whether that be a failed project or a failed partnership. When you’re able to take a step back and see what went astray, it better equips you for the next project. I’ve been lucky enough to have 9-5 jobs that are within the screenwriting world. I’ve met and have been mentored by some of the greatest screenwriters in the biz from DC Fontana to Tom Rickman. I’ve also been serving the screenwriting community for nearly a decade, by providing resources, contests, events, and private consulting. Through strong networking and consummate professionalism, I recently became the new Editor of Script Magazine.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If had a week-long hangout session with my friends to pop around town, here’s where I’d take them: – The Last Bookstore – I’ve never walked out of that magical place without a few happily purchased paperbacks under my arm. – Grand Central Market – Walking distance from The Last Bookstore, you have a little bit of everything, and you really can’t go wrong eating from any of the stalls. The last time I was there, I ordered the Octopus tacos from La Tostaderia *chef’s kiss* – The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens – A day stroll through the gardens and museums. And then wind down with a fresh cocktail from 1919 cafe. – Silverlake Ramen (Highland Park) – One of my favorite go-to Ramen joints. – Grayson’s Tunetown – A local and family-owned music store in Montrose. The staff at this gem of a music store are top-notch and are so knowledgeable and friendly. I’ve bought two guitars from them and have had a few old ones repaired within the past year.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people in my creative bubble that deserve some extra love. My husband Robert encourages me daily to create, and that’s pretty awesome. My music mates, Sergio, Leslie, and Sam. They’ve been a constant and literal sounding board. Another shout out to music artist Sayed Sabrina, for her love and support. On the writing side – my writing partner Eric. We’ve been writing together for a decade and this last year we both really pushed each other to be our best on the page. I’m excited about our future. A special shoutout to my pal Mary who resides and owns an independent business in Washington – Vessel Vintage Collection.