We had the good fortune of connecting with Sudi Karatas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sudi, why did you pursue a creative career?
I love writing and creating…It’s something I have to do. Drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I almost need to do it as much as I need to breathe air. Okay maybe I am exaggerating a little. Especially since it’s hard to breathe air in L.A. I think it’s important to follow your dreams, do what you love, you will be happier in the end no matter how much success you achieve. I actually did not follow this path right away, went to college for business and then took some acting classes at HB studio and slowly and steadily kept getting more and more involved with the arts but wish I had jumped in full force much earlier.
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 mentioned I love writing. I used my 25 years of catering experiences (in between acting gigs and creative projects) and put them into a book How Catering Sucked The Life Right Out Of Me which is out on Amazon now and some Barnes and Noble including some signed copies at Calabasas. As I also mentioned, humor is important so I use a lot of that as well as about 134 puns in the book. I think what sets me apart from some others is my determination and not giving up and endurance. So many people I know that moved to L.A. didn’t stay very long or didn’t put much effort into going after their goals.
They think things happen overnight. I started writing songs when I was 14 and finally just in the last couple years some of my songs are getting radio airplay like Midnight Will Be Clear a Christmas song Adrian Christian recorded and a brand new song When Donna Sang Last Dance cowritten with David Sanchez recorded by Collaborati which is on itunes and spotify and been played on a few radio stations.
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way…keep going, don’t let negative people bring you down, and that Murphy guy knew what he was talking about. My patience also sets me apart from other “dreamers”. It took 7 years to make my movie Walk A Mile In My Pradas and took five years to write my book Rainbow Relatives on speaking to kids about LGBTQ Families and Friends. but I got a publisher. Many people talk about doing these things but don’t follow through which is where I came up with the expression “There’s a big difference of what people can do and what they do do and sometimes what they do do is “doo doo”. What I want people to know about me is that I tried. You must always try like Dolly Parton says in the inspiring song she wrote “Try.” Man I love that Woman.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to Trattorias in Venice beach (best garlic knots anywhere) a fun place to eat.
If the weather is warm take them to Santa Monica Beach and the Pier and Promenade, or if in the mood to drive a little more take them to Laguna Beach…or Malibu Beach
Yes I love the sun…
.I would show them West Hollywood but make them pay for parking LOL and Hollywood to show them where my Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame will go. haha
and hang out and relax at the pool at our condo.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate it to Dolly Parton. Seriously. She is such an inspiration of following your dreams. I’ve been a fan for over 45 years. Her amazing songwriting inspired me to write songs. She is proof that when one is determined they can accomplish anything. She has a great sense of humor which is important and even though she’s made a s*#@load of money she remained a warm, compassionate, down to earth person. I am hoping and praying to have her in my next film Charlie’s Dream which is a family inspirational film. I have not met her yet, yet she has touched my life as she has milllions of others.