Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus A. Carr.
Marcus, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My introduction to the entertainment industry came in the form of musical theatre at the age of 12. My first production was “The Wizard of Oz”, and I played Munchkin #3. I remember the rush that I felt from being on stage and bringing a story to life.
During the high school years, I retreated from acting because it wasn’t the “cool” thing to do–that’s what I convinced myself, at least. Too concerned with how my peers would perceive me, I took a break. Fast forward to college a few years later, and I realized it was important for me to pursue what satisfied me creatively, never mind those who criticized or didn’t agree. Your journey is your journey.
In 2014, I felt called to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career without having ever visited and not knowing anyone. It was time–now or never. While I came here to only pursue an acting career, it has turned into writing and producing my own content as well because I refuse to wait for “permission” to pursue my dream. It’s funny how things don’t go according to plan, but how I always end up where I should be. It took me a while, but now I have learned to enjoy the journey without being so fixated on a set outcome.
Over the past six years, I have met amazing people and learned more about myself and others than I had previously known. Be open.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Blindly moving to Los Angeles from Connecticut to pursue my dream has been quite the experience–from sleeping in my car to facing moral compromise. It has been a journey filled with ups and downs, but one I wouldn’t trade. These opportunities for growth and character-building have forced me to become more aware of those around me, and, for that, I’m grateful.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As an actor-writer, it is my goal to create work that inspires and serves as a catalyst for thought. We’re in post-production on “45”, and we hope to share it soon!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
In a world full of uncertainty, steadfast tenacity and faith have helped me to stay focused in the pursuit of my passion.
- Website: www.marcusacarr.com
Marcus A. Carr in “TIC” Marcus A. Carr and Phyllis Applegate in “Hollywood Square”