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Life & Work with Lee Quarrie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Quarrie.

Hi Lee, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve been involved in the performing arts all of my life. I started doing community theatre with my mother and sister when I was in elementary school. This blossomed into a love of the craft of acting. I grew up to be a professional actor, touring in musical theatre productions and performing in comedy improv shows and straw hat theaters. After having my daughter, I found myself more and more interested in being behind the camera and eventually found my way into graduate school where I studied theatre and digital media. I now find myself balancing between teaching acting for the camera at a local college and creating content that offers meaningful opportunities for others. Sometimes I’m in front of the camera, and sometimes I’m behind the camera. I’m almost always wearing more than one hat though, as a writer, director, producer and/or actor.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The biggest obstacles in my life have been self-imposed. I don’t know why I ever listened to the nay-sayers in my life, but for some reason I let myself believe for a long time that when someone said “no” it meant I wasn’t good enough. I now understand that is absolutely not true. It’s not true for me, and it’s not true for anyone. Someone else’s “no” has nothing to do with my worth or my abilities. If I want to do something now, I do it. I don’t wait for permission from someone else. If it is within the scope of my imagination, then it is possible. The struggle along the way was finding this absolute truth- I am worthy of this artist’s life and I am capable of doing anything I choose to do. There are no limitations. And anyone else’s opinion on that is none of my business.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a writer, director, and actor and I teach acting for the camera. I don’t think I specialize in one thing, which is sort of the blessing of my life. I was once told that my life was like a tree with many branches; each branch contributes to making the tree whole. I really liked that metaphor for what I do because I do it all. If I had to point to the thing I’m most proud of, I would say it is that I am here in Los Angeles doing what I love. Early in my career, I envisioned an artistic life, and now I am living it. I take a great deal of pleasure and pride in the fact that my art IS my career.

What are your plans for the future?
In my immediate future, I am completing post-production on a short film that is a proof of concept for a television series. I plan to pitch this to various platforms and sell it. So my plans for the future involve being on a set and shooting a television series for the next several years. While that “Yes” is on its way to me, I also look forward to spending more time writing and performing with the comedy troupe I belong to, Lady Bits Comedy (you can find us on Tik Tok and Instagram). If all goes well there, Lady Bits will also be picked up for a sketch comedy show and I’ll be busy there, too. When I’m not working on creative projects, I will definitely be spending more time with Mother Nature. I am exploring more of Southern California, taking more hikes and spending more time by the ocean. Beyond that, I’m open to suggestions!

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