We had the good fortune of connecting with Vivian Kerr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vivian, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As an actor and a writer, it can be frustrating to simply wait for the opportunity to work. So this year my producing partner and I set up our first LLC to begin the process of bring my feature film script, SCRAP, to life. The impetus to start a business, for anyone, I think comes from having a vision for something that needs doing, a gap that isn’t being filled in the market, and then a desire to come in and create something of value for that gap. For example, our film highlights a couple issues that I haven’t seen explored in a lot of independent dramas — homelessness, and the process of IVF. I personally enjoy movies that explore how life challenges affect family dynamics and relationships between siblings, parents, and spouses. Deciding to create a business to bring SCRAP to fruition was something I realized I had to do, because no one else was going to do it for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I live in Los Angeles and work primarily as an actor, but in the past few years I have done a lot more writing. For most of 2020, I’ve just been writing a ton in my apartment because of COVID, obviously. It’s given me a chance to finally commit to paper ideas I’ve been thinking about for years. I wrote two television pilots and a feature in six months, so definitely I’ve been busy!
What are you most proud of achieving and what have you learned from it?
I am probably most proud of being accepted in SONY’s Rising Storyteller Search program this year, being 1 of 4 women out of 1700 applications that were accepted. It really validated for me that my ideas as a writer are good ones! And it also showed me that the hours of sort of hammering away were so valuable for me to get to the point where I could do a good job within the program. I’ve learned that nothing that truly interests me is useless, so I don’t need to justify what I write, or what I want to act in, or what I want to direct, in any way other than to say, “it interests me.” 2020 has been such a challenging year, but in so many ways, I feel like I have found more confidence than I’ve ever had and I have a greater understanding of what kind of stories I want to tell and where my strengths lie.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite thing to do in Los Angeles is hike! I love all the Griffith Park trails — it’s really nice to do a long 90 minute or 2 hour hike when it’s early and not too hot! So, I would probably start any day with a hike, and then a shower! Afterwards, brunch would be the way to go. There’s so many delicious brunch places in Los Angeles. West Hollywood has some great places. Something like Toast on 3rd. Then I’d probably head to the beach, maybe go down to Venice and browse some boutiques. It’s always fun to take people new to Los Angeles to one of the bigger museums. The Getty is amazing for the views, but it’s also fun to go downtown to the Broad. For dinner, I would probably go to Masa in Echo Park. I love everything on their menu! Or if the Hollywood Bowl has something going on, dinner could be a picnic and listening to the LA Phil!
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 have to shout-out my long-time acting coach Saxon Trainor who has taught me to look for and appreciate the complexities of human nature.