We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me, calculated risk isn’t really risky at all. In some ways every decision we make has inherent risk involved. What if you make the wrong choice? With that in mind I don’t let myself get bogged down with the fear associated to taking risks or making the wrong choice. We all have gut feelings and intuition, trust yourself! I have absolutely followed my heart and made my career my number one priority, but I’m also pragmatic. At this point in my life I don’t have a ton of responsibilities and so I have the luxury of putting my career first. I know that may not always be the case, so carpe diem! I love saying yes, and I’ve set boundaries for myself and embrace any opportunity that falls within those bounds. For me, Bill Burr says it best, “Realize that sleeping on a futon when you’re 30 is not the worst thing. You know what’s worse, sleeping in a king bed next to a wife you’re not really in love with but for some reason you married, and you got a couple kids, and you got a job you hate. You’ll be laying there fantasizing about sleeping on a futon. There’s no risk when you go after a dream. There’s a tremendous amount to risk to playing it safe.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I actress I love making people feel emotions, especially making people laugh. As a host I love listening to individuals with unique stories and making them feel comfortable enough to open up. I’ve been passionate about acting my whole life, I discovered my passion for hosting a decade ago. Even as I child I always knew I’d pursue a career as a performer. I love where I’m at today, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best in the business including CBS, Amazon Prime, Fox Digital, E Network, and Yahoo Productions – And can’t wait for what’s to come, but of course, it hasn’t always been easy. The challenges associated to breaking into the entertainment industry are so cliché, they are basically canonized trope. Yet when you are initially “breaking into the biz,” no matter what you’ve heard you really are never prepared for the how hard it is. Now that I’ve been around the block, it’s easier to find levity in the challenges and embrace the journey. It really makes the wins that much sweeter. With that in mind, I’m a big believer in making your own opportunities. That’s why I started the ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ Podcast. As we all know, the only constant in life is change and 2020 has brought unprecedented shifts to our lives; Some positive, and some painful. My podcast features expert guests and explores the exciting topics of today’s ever-shifting world. It’s a lot of work to do you own show (host, produce, book guests, edit, create marketing materials, the list goes on…) but it is so liberating to have complete creative control. Not to mention, incredibly rewarding to create something you can be so very proud of. When it comes to acting, one of my proudest accomplishments is my lead role in the TV show ‘Real Acting.’ It’s a comedic mockumentary about an out-of-luck acting teacher who assembles a colorful cast of wannabe actors. Season 1 & 2 are streaming on Amazon Prime, if you love ‘The Office,’ you’ll love this show.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a soup FREAK, and the best ramen in town is at Shin-Sen-Gumi. I used to live across the street from the Sawtelle location, safe to say the staff knows me by name. I find that the best way to center myself is by spending an afternoon at the Getty Villa. It’s an art museum that sits on top of a bluff in Malibu overlooking the ocean. Not only does it feature Greco Roman antiquities, the entire museum is setup like a Grecian villa, full of pools, fountains, waterfalls, and gardens. In my opinion it is one of the most scenic places in Los Angeles. I lived in Korea Town for a year and a half and during that time ate at My Thai at least once a week. The Thai Fried Rice and Jasmine Fried Rice are two of my favs! Of course, the curries and Pad Thai will blow your mind. Amandine has the best pastries in town. They have a full menu but always fill up on the croissants, baquettes, danishes, macarons, and desserts. I won’t go the trouble of making a recommendation because if you want to do it right, order one of everything. Talk about fascinating! In the middle of the city, right off of Wilshire lies the La Brea Tar Pits. As you pull up in your car, you’ll smell the fresh tar. To this day the pits are still full of ice age fossils which are currently being excavated. It’s hard to believe that saber tooth tigers, dire wolfs, and wooly mammoths used to roam southern California! Wexler’s Deli in Santa Monica specializes in house smoked and hand sliced fish. Their fish plates, bagels, and sandwiches are out of this world. Not to mention the restaurant’s theme is the TV show Seinfeld; The show is always playing on the TV, the walls are covered in famous Seinfeld quotes, one dish is even called “The Uncle Leo.” The best place to watch a movie is at the Regency Village movie theater in Westwood. It has old Hollywood vibes with its reaching roof spire and gorgeously painted ceiling.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe much of my success to the tremendous love and support my family has given me over the years. Mom, Dad, Matt, and Brendan – I love you!
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