We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoë Carr and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zoë, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”. When I find myself in situations where I feel lost or unaware of what direction to take in life, I ask myself this question. Then, I know that every professional or personal life decision I make should be in alignment with achieving this goal. If I know I would pursue it if I could not fail, why should anything stop me from trying now?

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am still a student, but I feel optimistic about my future career because I have been trained to welcome even the smallest and most irritating jobs with a smile. In high school I learned the phrase, “If you’re not doing anything, pick up a broom”. This phrase is what encouraged me to pursue a Bachelor’s in Theater rather than conservatory training. I know I want to be an actor, but I would like the time in my career that is not spent on stage to still be working towards the story on stage, even if it means sweeping it before a show (which I did quite often during my time at Idaho Shakespeare Festival). I have found that growing my career opportunities by working as a Theater Educator at New Village Arts, a Stage Hand at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, a Scene Shop employee with LMU’s Theater Department and Del Rey Player’s Technical Director have all grown my connections in the industry and my confidence in my skills and personality. Therefore, positively effecting my state of mind as an actor. Since taking on these extra-curricular roles to my acting, I have found my demand as an actor has increased, too. I am where I am because I like to learn about theater, and I plan on continuing to do so!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ah! If my friends from Idaho were visiting, I know they would want to see all the touristy-things (Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disney, Universal, Santa Monica Pier) So we would get that out of the way the first few days. Then I would show them my favorite spots: I love window shopping at Manhattan Beach, there are a lot of really cute cafe’s we could stop at for treats and coffee along the way. Not to mention watching the sunset on the beach! No matter how long we stayed over there or what kind of food we were feeling, we could definitely stop at the Kettle for dinner. I would also want to make sure to get tickets for the Academy Museum! I have been invited once before for an event, but would love to take a closer look at the exhibits with a friend.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Dad, D.C. Carr, helped me prepare for my first audition in a hotel room in my hometown. It was bizarre. I had chosen an Alice and Wonderland Monologue immediately followed by Voldemort’s monologue from the scene where Cedric Diggory dies in Goblet of Fire. My Dad took our rehearsal time very seriously. He was a former defense attorney, so he told me that this whole “acting thing” was basically his life’s work, meaning I was bound to get a-hold of it in no time! I attribute most all of my confidence on stage, even now, to that night in the Extended-Stay-America. He asked me questions about what the character was trying to get and gave me standing ovations after every run.
My dad passed away in 2016, in a hotel in Cambodia. Whenever I have doubts about the career path I am walking into, it’s economic uncertainties or its trials on my self esteem… I think of him. He was essentially a nomad, and he knew that the only opinion of him that really mattered was his own. He raised me to remember that taking risks towards what I want outweighs living the rest of my life not knowing if good could have come from it, and I will spend the rest of my life working to thank him for that.

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Image Credits
Ayla Debord, Dylan Marusich, and BCT Theater Lab

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