We had the good fortune of connecting with Ty Rae Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ty Rae, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Honestly, I think risk taking has been the biggest catch 22 of my life. As a parent, your child and your family come first. Often times, I’ve found myself putting my family’s financial security at risk just for a chance for us to reach that elusive “next step” in life. I’ve called off of new jobs to go to auditions. I’ve stopped working because I had to put all of my focus on finishing our film. I’m always looking for new investments to throw money into so that I can have something else pay my bills instead of a job, and I can work on my craft without distractions. You get the point. Either way, many blessings have come from these risks. I’ve met amazing people and accomplished amazing things, but its been stressful along the way. Filmmaking is the only thing I have and I know I have to suffer for my art. But as a man with a family, I have to live with the fact that until this pays off, I am not fulfilling all of my obligations to them. Its stressful now, but it will pay off. It takes time to build generational wealth… and be happy while doing it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Above all else, I am a filmmaker. I am an actor turned writer turned director. The pieces of the puzzle just keep adding to themselves along the way. In this business, I realized early on that me as just being an actor wasn’t going to cut it. I first began writing as a way to give myself the roles I knew I would otherwise be overlooked, and since at the time I was also pursuing standup comedy, I knew I had to write in a variety of genres to avoid being “boxed in.” I didn’t want to just be a “comedic” actor. I fancy myself a thespian at heart. At any rate, since the first time I picked up my pen, its been to prove a point. I make it a point to try to educate as well as entertain. Never will I write a script just to write one, it has to have a message to it, offer a different perspective, or just be so unapologetically honest that it makes people uncomfortable. Artists owe one thing to our audience, and thats to be honest. Whether people like it or not, we have the creative license to create the art in our heart, not what we think will be safe. Artists of any kind are sensitive by nature, so to not be authentic is just begging for torture. That same passion I have for creating stories translated to the need for ownership and gaining wealth so I can give my child a better life and world than the one I grew up in so basically, I started my company so I could be in control of the future I’m giving my daughter. Being a creative with businesses has shown me from all sides the definition of not being afraid of failure. Things not going your way is really the only way to know if you’re built for a particular way of life. The way I have overcome all of my odds is by literally not stopping. 50 Cent said that there is no “light at the end of the tunnel” in one of his books, and that just let me know that at no point until I retire will there ever not be anything to worry about, but eventually I’ll just have more money on the line than I do now. So its like the saying goes, “pick a struggle” and stick with it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Favorite eating spots around the city? My favorite restaurant is Waffle House so if I’m in control of what you see around Atlanta, that’s a non negotiable. But if thats not sufficient enough, The Flying Biscuit has really good breakfast food and some really good service too. I’m also a soul food buff so depending on the side of town we’re on, Busy Bee, The Beautiful, Mary Mac, Sonya’s, or Walter’s is a must. Anthony’s has the best pizza in the city but Mellow Mushroom, Savage Pizza, and Pie in the Sky are also viable options as well. As far as where to hang out it depends on what your “scene” is. If you’re a fan of nature, there are several nature reserve spots around town that you can get lost in (in a good way). There’s the Decatur Square, Edgewood, Downtown, Midtown, and Little Five Points all have places to go and interesting people around to keep you entertained for hours. Of course there’s Six Flags, Stone Mountain, World of Coca-Cola, the Aquarium, and Andretti’s Indoor Racing as staples on all sides of town, so after a week, you’ll have seen all sides of Atlanta with me as your tour guide.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, Jasmine first of all, who believed in my dreams enough to make them bigger than what I saw for myself. She is the best coparent, business, and life partner I could ever ask for. My daughter, LyLee, everything I do is for her and her birth was the catalyst for everything I accomplish in life. She saved me from a life of mediocrity. My parents, for being my backbone in times of need. I don’t know how I could carry this load without them being there to lift me up even when I don’t want them to. My friends for hyping me up and being there on sets with me. To every actor who has taken time out of their schedule to work with me while I figure this thing out, I appreciate every moment of your time and trust me, I never forget anybody who helps me.
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