Just Start: LaQuita Cleare and Emily Dell talk about Subject 5 and the secret to becoming an artist

I had the privilege of hosting the ActorsE chat show this past Thursday. ActorsE airs live, Monday to Friday, and features actors and artists interviewing each other – about their work, their current and future projects, what inspires them. It’s such a fun, fast paced morning – the hour goes by so quickly!


On this Thursday, my guests were LaQuita Cleare, producer and actress, and Emily Dell, director. Together, they helped to bring a project called Subject 5 to life. Subject 5 centers around a group of strong, complex characters who have been specially selected to be part of an elite group.

LaQuita and Emily are both impressive individuals – having built their production companies from the ground up, and focused on creating a body of work that they are proud of. We had a blast talking about how each of them got into “the business,” who and what inspires them, and what life was like on the set of Subject 5. You can check out the full interview below:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream


But the most important lesson was this one: when asked what advice they would give aspiring actors/producers/directors, both agreed: just start. Create something. Write. Film a little project with your iPhone. Then write some more. Film some more. Learn some more. Then lather, rinse and repeat.

That’s how Subject 5 came about. LaQuita was inspired to create a show about people with super powers after a visit to Comic-Con. The project was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo, and many friends who worked in various aspects of production pitched in with their talents to help bring the production to life.

“This American Life” Host Ira Glass has a similar bit of advice:

I create daily. Whether it’s writing these blog posts, submitting auditions, or developing events and workshops, I’m making something. Some of it is crap. Some of it has promise. And maybe some if it will be brilliant. It’s not up to me to judge. It’s up to me to create, and put it out there for you to hear, view, read, decide.

Many of you have messaged me or spoken to me about your dreams – to become a business owner, to quit your day job, to “make it” as an artist…but you haven’t started yet.  You think you need more than you already have to start – a business plan, a website, the “perfect” business card. None of that stuff matters. What matters is that you’re taking action – even tiny, baby steps – every day, towards making that dream a reality.

We’re nearly a month into a new year. What are you doing today to get you closer to realizing your dreams? What are you creating today?


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