Actress, writer and producer Amber Sweet moved to LA from Southern California at 20 years-old and has never once looked back. As she approaches the beginning of her next move to New York City, Amber is busy making plans for new creative possibilities to pursue more theater on Broadway. Amber has an insatiable appetite for roles and creative opportunities, already leaving an indelible mark on indie films and commercials, as well as performing in the off-Broadway “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are Assholes.”
We interviewed Amber - between starring in a new feature film and developing a comedic TV series - to discuss plans for the future, dream projects, and advice for making a positive impact in the industry. Her fiercely witty attitude complements a humble, down-to-earth approach to dealing with the daily up’s-and-down’s of show business. And of course, she has the best advice to her younger self (that we’ve heard to-date): “Don’t pluck your eyebrows.”
We played Two Truths and a Lie with Amber .....You probably know the rules, but here is a quick refresher--Below, Amber gave us two true fun facts, as well as one that's made up. See if you can guess which one is the lie! View the answer at the bottom of her interview.
I recently had to change a tattoo I got with a former friend.
I toured in educational plays for almost 10 years that involved dancing condoms and puppets.
I’ve never used my passport.
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When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
I originally went to school to be a writer and fell into acting in college after doing a play. Once I stepped on the stage I knew I was home -- performing was what I was meant to do. I moved to LA when I was 20 (to go to acting school) and haven’t looked back since.
What projects are you working on now?
I co-starred in a feature film called “Sargasso,” which is expected to have a limited theatrical release in 2019. It also stars Jeremy Sumpter and the legendary Tom Berenger.
Currently, I am developing a comedic TV series that I will be starring in with Claire Dellamar.
What is your dream project? Or dream collaboration?
I will be moving to New York next month to pursue more theater. One of my dreams is to star on Broadway.
As far as dream collaborations: Toni Colette, Sam Rockwell, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Kristen Wiig, Tom Hardy, Julia Louis Dreyfus, just to name a few.
List three (3) accomplishments you are most proud of
- I wrote/produced/starred in a short film that honored my mother’s memory and touched on the very taboo subject of motherhood, and the choice to not have children.
- No matter how hard it’s been, I never gave up and still have no plan b.
- My dad has been able to see me pursue my dreams for the past 14 years. He’s seen me perform on the Dolby theater stage and saw one of my films at the TLC Chinese theater in Hollywood.
Who is your favorite character from a movie?
It’s not a movie but my all-time favorite show is “Friends.” I adore every single one of those characters and can quote the show by heart.
I’m always so inspired by strong female characters and hope to one day be a part of the bunch that gets to take on those amazing roles.
Who is your favorite filmmaker/writer/director/producer/editor, etc?
I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of my artistic community. Two people who have helped me so much throughout the years are Samantha Covington and Adam Sigal, both writer/directors. They inspire and champion me, and working with them pushes me to my best artistic self.
Who do you admire and why?
I’m inspired by anybody who creates. A lot of people talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Use your voice and make something you’re proud of.
What do you feel is the biggest hurdle for women and POC in the film industry?
I think the most important thing to keep in mind is just to support one another. If you’re climbing the ladder always remember to send it back down. The people you meet on the way up are the same people you’ll meet on the way down. Be gracious, kind, and loving. Surround yourself with people who build you up and keep you humble, and collaborate with all the people that inspire you.
Did you know in 2016 women made up only 7% of all directors working on the 250 top grossing films?
It makes me feel very sad to hear information like that and (I am) not surprised by it.
I do feel like there is a shift happening. We have to keep working hard to change the narrative. Tell our stories, let our voices be heard, continue to push boundaries and push each other to be better.
Do you know women who aspire to be film directors?
Yes, Samantha Covington is one of my favorite people on the planet and one of the most talented women I’ve ever met.
She’s not really one for social media, but she’s a name to remember.
I also want to shout out a female comedy group of five women, who are not only incredible humans, but also incredible talents. They are called @whoamancomedy and you must follow/support them!
What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self? What is one wish you have for your future self?
To my younger self: Don’t pluck your eyebrows (for real).
Also, don’t compare your journey to anybody else’s. It’ll happen when it is supposed to. Work hard, believe in yourself, and never give up.
To my future self: To live without regret.
What's your favorite makeup item?
Three things I cannot live without: mascara, brow powder, and a tinted lip balm.
Anything we forgot to ask about that you want to share?
Thank you so much for reaching out and caring about what I have to say! I feel very cool right now.
Honestly, I have such a love-hate relationship with social media, but things like this make me excited. Hopefully I’ll be able to connect with more like-minded, creative people because of this interview!
Which was the lie?
I’ve never used my passport