Paxeros is proud to introduce another member to its family! Please meet Sarah Brown Carter, Paxeros' newest UPM. So who’s Sarah? Let’s find out!
PAXEROS: Sarah, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background. Where did you work before Paxeros and how’d you end up in Los Angeles?
SARAH: I moved to LA after finishing at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic and have been here for eight years this month, wow time flies. I’ve been in the acting world for a while and started freelance producing a few years ago.
P: So you’ve known Chelsea and Sean for some time, correct? What were you thinking when they asked you to take a call about a potential position at Paxeros?
S: Yeah! I’ve actually known Chelsea and Sean for 7 years and when they reached out I was ecstatic! This is a dream position with a dream team. I’ve always admired Chelsea and Sean as both industry professionals and as friends and have always been impressed with the content they create. We have also worked together on quite a few projects over the years so I was thrilled when they offered me the opportunity to work with them full time.
P: That’s incredible! I know they’re so stoked to have you officially part of the Paxeros family. Now, is being a Unit Production Manager your dream job or are you working towards growing into another role?
S: Being a Unit Production Manager is definitely a milestone job for me. It’s an amazing opportunity to grow and expand on my producing experience. But in the future I see myself in an executive producer role, helping to make the decisions of which stories to tell and who to tell them with. One of my favorite parts about being a producer is the opportunity to work with so many different people and to be a part of telling so many different stories from inception of an idea to the very end. I also love giving people jobs and opportunities, and as an executive I would have more power to do so.
P: Word on the street is you’re a total badass, so I’m sure you’ll be executive producing in no time! Can you tell us what drew you towards this industry, I know you mentioned acting and film school earlier... was that it?
S: I always wanted to be a part of this industry because I love telling stories, especially true stories. But I also love making people think about something they otherwise may not have thought about and also creating an escape for a short time. I really enjoy acting but I also love being involved with all the different departments; development, casting, pre-production, shooting, etc. Producing allows you to be involved in the whole picture and executive producing allows you to call more of the shots ;). To be honest I always thought I would end up in my dream producing role through acting, but it just goes to show that when you keep working towards your goals you never know what door will open for you.
P: Hear that kids?! You never know what door will open! Spoken like a true production veteran! Speaking of production - do you have a favorite or most-memorable set experience?
S: One of my favorite set experiences would be one of the very first major film sets I was on. I was background on a feature film (made a whoppy $25 for over 12 hours of work), and in this scene there was supposed to be a snow storm outside. But in real life it was actually the middle of July in Kentucky and was over 90 degrees. So there we were, all bundled up in snow boots, snow coats, hats, scarves, you name it, while the fire department rained down water from their fire truck hoses and an ice company was spraying ice everywhere to make it look like snow, and there were giant fans blowing all the ice and water everywhere. It was a mess and we were a mess, but it was that moment that I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. We were creating an actual snowstorm and pretending we were freezing, when it was actually an insanely hot, humid day and we were melting. This was movie magic and I wanted to be a part of it.
P: That’s hilarious and awesome. I love that the chaos and challenges of production is what drew you into the industry. We are a unique breed of people - haha! So now that we know a little bit about your backstory, let’s hear about what type of content gets you fired up. What would you say are some of your favorite television shows?
S: Oh man, this is a tough one. Currently I’m watching Tehran and Cobra Kai. I liked Kingdom season one, Game of Thrones up to season five, haha, The Witcher, Mind Hunter, Raised by Wolves, Sinner, Ozark, Chernobyl, True Detective season one, Black Mirror, Killing Eve, The Punisher, Vikings, those are a few that come to mind.
P: And how about your top ten favorite films of all time?
S: Another tough one! Let’s see… Crash, CoCo, The Lord of the Rings, UP, The Big Sick, The Florida Project, Big Hero 6, The Farewell, Parasite, A Little Princess... They’re definitely all over the place.
P: Alright, let’s do some rapid-fire fun facts! What is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?
P: Are you a dog or a cat person?
S: Both. I grew up with cats and now I have two dogs that are basically my children.
P: What's your favorite thing to do when you have some free time?
S: I like to be outside and active; working out, going to the beach, hiking, bike riding, swimming. I’m also trying to learn how to surf and shuffle dance - so far it’s not going too well. I’m pretty terrible, haha.
P: Do you have any siblings?
S: Four younger! One sister and three brothers.
P: Wow! The oldest of 5? No wonder you’re an awesome producer - you’ve been managing a crew of siblings your whole life!
S:Haha! That’s very true! It was pretty chaotic and never quiet or clean in my house (don’t tell my mom). But there was definitely a lot of imagination and adventure, and I was always obsessed with organizing, so I think that’s where it all began.
P: Well we are so excited to introduce you to the paxeros community and have you on our team! Thank you so much for sharing about yourself!
S: Thank you! I’m pretty stoked to be here.