Today we’d like to introduce you to Tatiana Carr.
Tatiana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Paris, France, to parents who both worked in the aviation industry, and was therefore lucky enough to be raised all over the world. From Abu Dhabi to India (where I first learned to speak English), Guinea to Australia, my childhood was spent in a constant state of flux, experiencing new cultures and learning about people and their history. It felt inevitable that I should develop a taste for acting and telling stories. When I was four years old, my sister and I would read books and then dress up and reenact them for my parents – who pretended these were the greatest plays they had ever seen, so I felt encouraged to continue!
After finishing high school in Australia, I went to university where I studied Business and Arts, but kept a foot in the acting world, working at an agency on the weekends, doing background and stand-in work on my days off and continuing to take acting classes during the summers. I then briefly worked in the real estate industry before becoming a Management Consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Brisbane.
Although I loved my job and knew that this was a career path I could excel in, I always felt that something was lacking: my hobbies had taken a backseat as I was working full time and completing my Masters of Business Administration at night and I felt unfulfilled. Finally, I started taking acting classes again on the weekends. It felt like coming home.
In 2015, I decided to quit my job and move to Los Angeles to give myself a real chance at becoming an actress. Although I knew it would be a tough road ahead, I was also very aware that I would always regret not trying to pursue my passion. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Although the industry is every bit as tough and competitive as I knew it would be, it is also so rewarding to put in the work and see my career blossom, knowing that this is all I have ever wanted and that I am making it happen, one day at a time.
Has it been a smooth road?
Things weren’t always smooth, but in so many ways they have been much better than I could have imagined! Luckily, I happen to have a high tolerance for pain and an uncanny ability to focus on the positive (though mostly only in hindsight). When I was starting out though, there were so many moments when I felt like giving up, when I thought it was hopeless and I would never manage to navigate the road to success. Fortunately, I had amazing people in my life who constantly reminded me that I had come to LA with a goal in mind and that I was on my way, and no matter how many roadblocks I encountered, or how far away my destination seemed, as long as I kept putting one foot in front of the other, I would get there.
Now it all feels worth it.
I believe that when you want something badly enough, the universe, or whatever higher power you believe in, will send every opportunity your way, but will also send distractions, just to give you the chance to choose what matters most to you. So when you hear of people’s successes and think “Oh wow, they got so lucky”, you’re probably not wrong, there is always an element of luck, but to me, “luck” is mostly recognizing the opportunities in front of you and being strong enough to make the right choices.
One of the biggest struggles that we face in this day and age is that through social media we are constantly being exposed to the highlight reel of other people’s lives, but also constant marketing for things that we wouldn’t necessarily want or value if we weren’t being bombarded with them and told “this is the standard”.
It can be hard to stay focused on the things you actually want when there are so many distractions along the way, whether it’s within a relationship, or when it comes to how you spend your money, or even loving your looks the way they are without always comparing them to others. I think it’s so important to develop a thick armor and find things that ground you and remind you who you are and what matters to you so that you can exist in society without drowning in it. My family and friends from back home do that for me, as well as amazing genuine friends I have made in LA. Without them, everything would have been a lot harder.
Tell us more about your work.
You can see my work in shows such as The Good Place on NBC, Scorpion and S.W.A.T (CBS) and I most recently guest-starred on NCIS. I feel so blessed to be doing a job I love and to have so many opportunities to work, and I can’t wait to keep moving up to bigger and more challenging roles as my career continues to grow.
Aside from my work as an actress, I am also an investor at Sugar Taco, a vegan Mexican restaurant on Melrose which opened earlier this year. This is my first business venture and I am so excited and proud of the work that we do at Sugar Taco. The restaurant was founded with a strong sense of social responsibility, and we partner with various nonprofits to promote sustainability and alleviate the damage done by the meat industry. For every meal served, we plant a tree with eight Billion Trees, an amazing company that is working on replanting our forests. Some of our menu items also donate a vegan meal to a child in need through our partnership with Food for Life Global.
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