Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah J. Halstead.
Sarah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve lived many lives. There was the teenage girl from Flint, Michigan who moved to New York to pursue a crazy dream of becoming an actor. There was the young woman who put that dream on hold to move to Miami for love, marriage, and a stable career in the wine and champagne industry. And then there was the grown-ass woman who walked away from that life, piled into an RV with only a cat for company and drove to Los Angeles to recapture the dream. That was four years ago. Now I’m a working actor, a dedicated standup comic, and an avid podcaster, and the dream is in full flower.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Totally smooth! No struggles at all! In fact, when I crossed the line into Los Angeles County, there was a phalanx of movie and TV producers waiting for me with a WELCOME SARAH sign, a slew of contracts for me to initial, and a Brink’s truck full of money!
Of course, it’s been a struggle. And since I started later than some, it’s been harder in some ways, because I’m currently making sacrifices and paying the dues more typical of someone in her twenties. But on the other hand, the victories feel sweeter and the triumphs more valuable, I’m just grateful to have sent myself on the ride of my life.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
After a few years as a working standup, I’ve begun producing my own show at The Bar at Oyster House in Studio City with my longtime friend Allegra Riggio-Harris — it’s called “Halstead and Harris Presents.” The show is ninety minutes long, features a high-profile headliner or two, and boasts some of the best comics in Los Angeles. The place is always full and the crowd always fantastic. It’s the most successful bar show I’ve ever seen.
I’ve also started a podcast, produced by The Comedy Store in Hollywood and co-hosted with comedian Jimmy Shin, called “Jimmy & Sarah on the Sunset Strip.” We interview established entertainers in the comedy community about their careers — their path from underdog to top dog. We record every Sunday at The Comedy Store, and the luminaries we’ve had on the show are incredible.
The most rewarding part of the podcast is the relationships we’ve made and the deep lessons we learn from our guests. I’m also a working actor and have booked over 80 commercials. The commercials are primarily low-budget, so I’m not “killing it” by any stretch of the imagination, but they keep the lights on.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
It would be nice to one day have only one job! One job I can perform really well and give a hundred percent of my time and heart to.
But in the meantime, I’m a hard-working and eager multitasker who consumes an alarming amount of Cafe du Monde coffee.
- Website: www.sarahjhalstead.com
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