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Valeria Sweet (Actress/Writer/Producer) Volume 2

What led you to start writing?

Never in my life did I think I'd be a writer, and yet if you follow the breadcrumbs of things I did when I was little, you'd see a through line. When I was little, I LOVED TV shows like Buffy and Charmed and I'd come up with new episodes/storylines for those shows all the time. I didn't write them down, but the stories were there and we'd act them out with friends. I also would come up with song lyrics and poems and hum to myself.

But it wasn't until I had moved to LA that I heard actors should start writing their own material. So I started with a scene, then wrote a short, then filmed it. Then wrote a few series and feature scripts.

Then I wrote my first book based on relationship advice I gave to my coaching clients. So it wasn't until there was a need that I finally started writing, but I'm so glad I didn't get talked out of it just because I've never done it before and didn't know I was a writer.

What life experiences have shaped your writing most?

Relationships, whether friendships, romances, or family. I've always loved people, conversing with them.

Getting carried away in conversations, remembering the dialog, figuring out the meaning of life.

Being with people, meeting soulmates, kindred spirits.

All of that together shaped me as a person and that growth translated into my writing and the way my scripts are character and dialog-driven.

What is your writing process like?

I'm always jotting things down in my notes app or a journal. If a thought comes, I have to write it down or I'll forget. Once I'm ready to sit down and start writing, I can pull up all of my notes and arrange and make sense of them, so I'm not starting from a blank page.

Then, I first write parts that write themselves. Sometimes it's the dialog, other times it's a series of actions.

If I get stuck somewhere, I just start writing another part. When I'm done with the first draft, I put it away for a bit or let someone read over it to give me notes before I get back to writing.

If you could have a conversation with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

Marilyn Monroe - I want to know what happened! Was the Kennedy's really a thing? How did she feel about it? Give me the scoop! We love celebrity news :)

What’s The 1 Piece Of Advice You Would Give Others About Life?

Live in the present, it's the only time you'll ever have. We don't know what's going to happen tomorrow.

I know seven people in their early to mid-thirties who have passed away in the last few months.

Suddenly. Only one was Covid-related.

The world is in a weird place. Live in the now. Do what you love now. Be with people you love now. Don't leave anything till tomorrow.

What Do We Most Need In This World?

To put ourselves in other people's shoes before judging anyone, good or bad. As Jackie Moon in Semi-Pro says, "Everybody Love Everybody."

Where Do You Find Meaning In Your Life?

In loving life in general.

In meaningful connections with friends. In knowing that there's so much out there to experience and that anything can come true. It's a lot to live for.

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