We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Brown Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I grew up performing every chance I could and documenting absolutely everything I could. I got my first camera (film, of course) at a garage sale when I was 8 years old and took pictures of EVERYTHING. I would then print every single picture I took and tape them to my bedroom walls… I’m sure my parents were thrilled. My siblings and I weren’t allowed to watch much TV or movies, but we did have wild imaginations and put on performances for anyone who would watch. As I grew older I loved being involved in film-making in any way possible, both in front of and behind the camera. Movie magic grew more and more magical and I knew I wanted a career in this world of story telling. I believe everyone has a story worth telling and I love having the opportunity to help people tell those stories.
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.
As a producer, something I’m really proud of is a short film I helped produce last year that’s currently doing really well in the film festival circuit (check out The Chronicles of Gnarnia: The Rex Chadwick Story). I also recently joined the team at Paxeros, a production company, as the UPM (unit production manager). We knocked out 9 commercials over the course of about 8 weeks at the end of 2020. That was a lot of work! Really proud of the content we created and excited to see it released. Getting to where I am today professionally has been, and still is, a journey. The biggest lesson, and it’s a tough one, is to not compare your journey to other people’s journey. Everyone has a different route to get to their goals, what works for some people doesn’t work for others and there’s often no rhyme or reason why. And things aren’t always as they seem, especially on social media. The best advice I can give is to figure out a way to make it happen. If you’re starting out, try to get involved in your industry in whatever way you can – even if you’re not getting paid very much. Get the experience, make the connections, look for additional opportunities and be kind. Personally, I don’t think I’ve done anything incredibly significant, but everything I have done is a stepping stone in the right direction and an opportunity to learn and get better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, COVID has definitely changed some indoor dining spots, but personally I prefer to be outside and active anyway. With a whole week in LA, I’d recommend starting a little north of Los Angeles and checking out Leo Carrillo Beach and camping for a night at the State Park (although it’s temporarily closed right now due to COVID). The beach and hiking trails are beautiful Moving towards Los Angeles, I would recommend driving south on PCH (you’re right next to the ocean) and stopping by El Matador Beach in Malibu. This spot can get pretty crowded, so I’d suggest going really early in the morning for sunrise. Next up would be Los Liones Canyon Trail close to the Pacific Palisades. The first mile up this trail is shaded and in the forest, but after that you have a clear view of the ocean. It can get pretty hot during the day, but the 4.5 miles to the top is worth it on a clear day. Another hiking trail in the area is the Westridge Trailhead, this one is dog friendly! Personally, this is my favorite trail, it’s a much higher elevation than the other trails and the view is unparalleled. My dogs love it, too. Moving inland a bit, I would take a visiting friend to the Griffith Observatory, which I especially love in January- on a clear day you can see snow covered mountains on one side, the ocean on the other and downtown LA in the middle. Moving back West Side, I would highly recommend SALT, at the Marina Del Rey Hotel for Happy Hour. This is my favorite happy hour spot in Los Angeles- it has a patio right on the Marina and the view is beautiful at sunset. While in Marina, I would go on a beach bike ride! The bike path is right on the beach and there are plenty of places to rent bikes if need be. It’s a smooth, mostly flat, path and a fairly easy 10 mile ride to Manhattan Beach. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, bike all the way to Torrence Beach and back (a total of 30 miles). There are plenty of stops along the way for drinks, food or to watch the ocean. Next stop would be Manhattan Beach. Beautiful beach, pier, shops, restaurants and bars, it’s easy to spend all day here. During the summer (and pre COVID) you could find some sort of special event happening here almost every weekend. Don’t forget a volleyball! Last but not least, I’d end the week in Palos Verdes. There are a number of ocean view hikes (my favorite is the Abalone Cove Trail) and scenic views. And to top it all off, dinner at Nelson’s Restaurant at Terranea Resort. If you’re not a guest at the resort, you can’t make a reservation, but there is usually plenty of seating outside – which is the best seating. Picnic Tables on the cliffs, surrounded by fire pits, facing the ocean – doesn’t get much better than that. Head over for sunset, bring a jacket and order the soft pretzel as an app. As you may have picked up, I am a big fan of sunsets on the beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I love this! It’s so important to remember the people who have helped along the way. My parents have definitely always been my rock. They don’t know much about the film industry, but their continued emotional support and encouragement to never give up and to keep trying has always motivated me. I also made two friends outside of the film industry, about a year after I moved to LA, who helped me reevaluate my priorities, goals and relationships and really changed the trajectory of my life. I will forever be grateful to BB and JD. There have been so many moments where the kind actions of a stranger had more of an impact than they have imagined. This is an encouragement to you, the reader, to be kind. Give that large tip, give the unknown/new person the opportunity/chance. What seems trivial to one person can be life changing for another. Don’t hold back on being kind. I’d also like to dedicate this shoutout to my husband, Nate. I’ve never met a more generous, understanding and hardworking person. He inspires me with his work ethic and calmness. And thank YOU, Voyage LA, for this opportunity!
Other: IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4935406/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr10 Paxeros: https://www.paxeros.co/
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