We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlye Tamaren and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carlye, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’m an actor and dancer first and foremost. I’ve spent so much time in rehearsals, on sets and in theatres my whole life – and after a particularly interesting movie shoot a few years ago, I realized, wait a minute, I don’t just have to inhabit other people’s worlds that they created, I can be the world builder! I know what’s good and what’s not, and how to make decisions and corral people. I helped me to dare to think of myself as the most all around artist that I could be. There are so many avenues in the creative world, why not learn how to be an even greater part of it. So I got really into directing, writing, producing and editing. I just went for it, I can’t explain. Maybe it’s my nature to be too intense about everything haha but it’s brought me into a world I had no idea had room for little old me. Every day, still, I have to push to be taken seriously as a female true multi-hyphenate. Somehow, that is still a hard concept for people to grasp. “If you had to choose between being an actor, director or writer what would you choose?” And I’m over here like “No I refuse!!” A creative is a creative is a creative. So every day, I keep putting out work as proof to the nay sayers and to myself. I’ve now directed, written, produced and edited 3 different series, 14 episodes in total. I just formed my production company and I’m about to start fundraising for my next short called THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTERS that I’ll be directing, producing, editing and acting in and I can’t wait to see what comes next. Check out the films instagram @devilsdaughtersfim for updates and ways to support/ join our team!
So to sum it all up, my thought process was – don’t let anyone put you in a box. You get to decide your future. You get to decide where you put your time, energy and creativity. And us women, we have to step up to the plate and refuse to be afraid. One foot in front of the other.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a creative through and through. I act, dance, sing, do martial arts, direct, produce, write and edit. I’m a proud multi-hyphenate! I’ve worked hard to keep expanding my knowledge, never getting stuck as just one thing. But I didn’t start out that way. I began as a gymnast, then dancer, then actor, I went to college at the University of Michigan for Musical Theatre, and I figured that would be my fate. But something switched towards the end of college. There’s such a greater artistic world beyond musical theatre where I knew I didn’t have to just be a dancer forever. So I took a chance and came to LA. The real turning point happened when I was badly mugged and nearly kidnapped in West Hollywood in 2014. It. Was. Terrifying. It obviously left me emotionally and physically a mess (this actually is what led me to getting into martial arts), but when I finally came out the other side, I was just happy to be alive! And I felt all of this anger and passion and gutsiness I had never had before. I decided then and there to go after whatever I wanted creatively and not let anyone put me in a box. And once that decision happened, my curiosity just kept getting the better of me. I’d pick something new and just figure it out. The fun part is, I think being an all around creator and understanding all of the jobs makes you much better at each of them. I can direct and think like an editor, I can dance and think like an actor, I can write music for my projects and think about how the cadences will match up with what I shoot. My brand, my tone as a creator is alllll about female empowerment. I want to keep creating female characters that surprise people. I want to show how wacky and silly and exciting and interesting women are. I was always so frustrated as an actor with the roles females were asked to audition for. I want to keep pushing that boundary and bring some wacky fun to my women.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well the pandemic has certainly changed that haha, but in the before days this is how it would go. First of all the beach is a must, then we’d grab some lunch at my favorite taco truck in Santa Monica – no idea what it’s called but its on 4th and Rose and lemme tell you it is LEGENDARY. I love the drive along the PCH with visitors. It’s so cinematic and I swear, gets me every time. Then we’d do a little hike, dinner at Sushi Fumi in Weho and drinks after across the street at Roger Room. Then we’d catch a movie or a show. Before the shut down, I was in the musical Rock of Ages in Hollywood, so we’d probably have to head there. And then post show we’d having drinks with the cast and audience at the Bourbon Room, the bar attached to the theatre!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family, because none of this would be possible without them. My two therapist parents taught me to be understanding but stand up for myself. They taught me that anything was possible. They taught me hard work and to live a full life of adventure. And to my 3 siblings who I couldn’t possibly love any more. The wackiest, most fun, silly weirdos that I’d be nothing without.