We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Brine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is my work ethic, but even the strongest work ethic would not be enough without the kindness of others. Advice I was given was, “people invest in people, not projects.” When I first heard this, I was fresh out of film school. There I was taught that to succeed, I had to have a great story. A great story and talent would be the deciding factors to success. These factors are important of course, but they don’t matter much if people don’t like you and connect with you. As I meet people and connect to them, they have given me so many opportunities. I am so blessed to have these amazing people who guide me.
So many talented people are in L.A. Many think it’s impossible to be successful in this industry. It is difficult but certainly not impossible. If people see that you want to work and you are willing to put effort towards bettering yourself and learning how to do things, you will work. If you do not know something, ask. There is no shame in asking questions. I would rather work with the person who asks than the person who pretends to know.
Above all be kind. Kindness goes a long way in this industry and in life. People often view kindness as weakness but I view it as a strength. Be silly, be honest, and be kind.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, I am a actress and producer. I studied acting and it is my passion. I graduated from the New York Film Academy with a degree in Acting for Film. After graduated, I also started producing. I have been working for a film financier who is teaching me the business side of the industry. We recently opened a company called Hot Pot Productions. We develop and produce film and television projects. The company is all about giving newbies a voice and a place in the industry. We are blending the business side with the creative side and old ideas with new.
I am very excited about our upcoming projects and hopefully getting to travel.
Of course there are challenges along the way. Los Angeles is an amazing place but it can also be very lonely. It took me some time to feel like L.A. was home. I still have low points but I push through. I love what I am doing and the people I have met. I know this is what I was meant to be doing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I personally would make it a chill, relaxed trip. Definitely go to Laguna Beach or San Diego.
I am a foodie so… we would have to go get Korean BBQ, Italian food at the Anaheim White House in Orange County, Empanadas from Red Ribbon Café, ice cream from Salt and Straw, vegan donuts from Voodoo donuts ( I am not vegan but the vegan donuts are better than regular ones in my opinion), anything and everything from Norm’s Diner, and so many more amazing places. Just be prepared to eat 🙂
Then to end the day, I would love to curl up and watch a movie.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my gosh so many people! Everyone in my life has been incredibly supportive! I am so blessed to have the support team that I do! My parents have supported me from day one! My grandparents, my brother, my entire family and friends have been amazing. I am so lucky to have a home that is so supportive. Moving from Ohio to a whole new place was scary and not going to lie, I cried a lot at first. But the people I have met out in LA have become family. I have a great boss/mentor and amazing friends! So… shout out to everyone in my life. Thank you for being there and I appreciate you!