Today we’d like to introduce you to Sage Mayer.
Hi Sage, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am an actor, writer, and podcast host. I started acting at nine years old when I became home-schooled and was invited by a friend of mine to apply as an extra on the movie Gifted, starring Chris Evans and McKenna Grace. I was living in Florida at the time and they were filming in Georgia. My parents drove me to the Georgia coast to film and there were so many kids in this holding room. I was chosen to work in a scene and pulled for a speaking role. I was so nervous and startled because I didn’t know that would happen. After I worked for two days on that film, I decided I wanted to learn more about acting and take acting classes.
Soon I started booking work in Atlanta and Baltimore. I got pulled for speaking roles again, this time for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks story produced by Oprah Winfrey. I had one line “Hello, Ms. Henrietta” Unfortunately, my scene did not make it into the movie. But my passion for film grew and I started booking leads in short films and other projects. My mom did a lot of driving and we needed the entertainment to get us through those long miles back and forth to filming locations. That’s when we started listening to podcasts.
The podcasts had to be of interest to both of us, age-appropriate for me, and interesting for my mom. Our two favorites were “Stuff You Should Know’ hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant and “Dear Hank and John” hosted by authors John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and his brother, Hank Green (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing). Many times after listening to amazing stories and facts, I would rush out and get the books I learned about on the podcasts. As an actor, I read those books on set in-between takes instead of playing video games. I learned a lot from podcasts and never thought I would host my own.
My interests are so varied. I love chess, playing Nintendo, drawing, collecting Funko Pops, dancing, animation, film fests, and almost everything retro. It made so much sense to start a podcast about the retro world I loved but it didn’t happen until 2020 when I couldn’t act because everything was shut down.
So being extremely bummed out by canceled film festivals I had planned to attend in 2020, I co-produced a “stay at home” film festival for those artists shuttered indoors by Coronavirus called the “Not Canceled Quarantine Mini Film Fest ”. It is available on chromeskeleton.com if anyone wants to see it. So many actors and creators submitted and were excited to do something instead of bake or zoom.
After the festival was up and running, I decided to create a podcast to help entertain kids and families staying at home searching for entertainment during the pandemic. I thought it would be a great way to do something I love and share it with the world while everybody was creating TikTok and dancing to online DJs, I needed something a little more and I knew that there were people my age or older that might need that too. That is how Retro Reads with Sage was born.
The podcast focuses on guests and readings of retro songs, movies, poems, plays with interviews. We have had some incredible guests from comic book animators to teen actors to teen philanthropists. We are currently prepping for season 3 and it’s going to be amazing.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It’s never a smooth road. Bumps in the road make everything more interesting. Right? I am still growing as an actor, writer, and host, and funding for the podcast is a challenge this year because I was spending my own money in seasons one and two. This year we started an IndieGoGo campaign to help with that.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I really love creating stories. I would say I am most proud of my podcast because it is like my baby. It’s all mine and I get to share it.
In my actor’s life, I am very proud of an award-winning short film I was in called “All Boys Die” written and directed by Julio C. Vargas, and a series that will be coming out soon called “The Block Trilogies, written and directed by Damion L. Smith. Both of these had me dig deep in my soul and become characters that were damaged and challenging. And I learned so much from Julio and Damion. So much.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
I have three amazing women in my life that make sure things happen for me and are available for advice and career opportunities.
Anyone interested in working with me on a project should contact one of them. Wendy Lungaro at Trinity Artists International is my manager and can be contacted for any opportunity. Kara Slocum at Firestarter Entertainment is my agent for film and voiceover and of course, the third is my mom. She is very supportive of everything I do.
Please, if you can, donate to my Season 3 campaign for Retro Reads with Sage on Indie Go-Go.
Follow me on Instagram @iamsage08 to keep up with my new projects.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://toniamayer.wixsite.com/sagemayer
- Instagram: instagram.com/iamsage08
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milesmoralesrules
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SageMayer1
Suit and blue jacket image as well as the orange shirt (main pic) by ActorPhotoLA – 3 images – headshots The photo at the studio and spacesuit were taken by me. – 2 images