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“Be less judgmental and show more compassion” With Ming Zhao & Sara Rabey

I would start a movement of compassion. The world we live in conditions us to particular ideologies and we don’t realize how affected we are by them. I think if we can work towards being compassionate to one another we can keep an open dialogue of learning. I find the culture of shaming just makes […]

I would start a movement of compassion. The world we live in conditions us to particular ideologies and we don’t realize how affected we are by them. I think if we can work towards being compassionate to one another we can keep an open dialogue of learning. I find the culture of shaming just makes people hide their flaws instead of facing them, learning from them, and healing form them to be better people. If we can be less judgmental and show more compassion, I think we can teach in a loving way, how to let go of some of the oppressive ideologies we as a society have.


As a part of my interview series with the rising stars in pop culture, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sara Rabey.

Sara Rabey is a theatre trained film actor known for her portrayal of Janis Joplin in DC Legends of Tomorrow. Performing since the age of thirteen, she has been in numerous films, television shows, and plays. Sara currently resides in Vancouver B.C., where she is an active member of the film industry.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I’ve always wanted to be an actor. As a child, my brother and I would create plays and film skits and I was always creating characters. My mother said if I was still interested in acting by thirteen, she would enroll me in an acting class. As soon as I turned thirteen, I auditioned for a local acting school and started training.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

When I auditioned for the movie Hells Tomb, I read for both the lead character and a female mercenary. I had decided to give the mercenary an English accent and the director loved it. Later he phoned me to say I was the best actor he had auditioned, and he wanted me for both roles. He said I could choose which one I wanted to do. I said, “If you’re offering me the lead role, of course I’m going to take it!” He later asked me to help the actor he cast as the mercenary with an English accent. I ended up not only being the lead in the movie, but also a dialect coach which was a fantastic experience!

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Ican’t think of any funny stories off hand but when I was thirteen, I took a film class and during my scene I thought for a brief second “when is lunch?”. The camera picked up that thought immediately. It taught me that the camera sees what you feel and on a deeper level how important it is to be present as an actor, to listen, and to respond authentically.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Afew of my friends and I have been working on a skit comedy series. We have filmed a few of the skits and are currently in the editing process. I also did stand-up for the first time, that was fun!

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Imet Dan Aykroyd a few years back, he was really nice!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Ifind when it comes to creativity, often being inundated with constant input from the outside world can make it hard to allow for your own output. It is nice to just step back and process things in a calm environment by going camping or hiking, it can help stimulate the creative process.

Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Ilike to cycle, do yoga and dance. Anytime I’m feeling stressed, I just put on some music and dance!

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Idon’t have five things or examples per se, but I will say this: I think letting actors know it’s not about them allows them to let go of an outcome and just be. Acting is about listening, exploring and reacting. As an actor, you are a life-long learner of the human experience and the art of perception. I find when you first start you are so worried about your ability it hinders you from truly being present. As you work and grow, your craft tends to get better but often people can still get too in their head. Understand the script, break it down, do the same with your character. Once you have done the work, let it all go and just be present. If you have put the work in you will react authentically, your lines will be there. Writers often write (especially writers like Shanley) with their words having a purpose. If it is a well-written script and you are messing up your lines, oftentimes there is a disconnect in the understanding of that script or something in your character. By going through and re-evaluating what you are reading you will often come to deeper realizations of your character and what is going on.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” Anaïs Nin.

This is relevant to understanding others and their perceptions of a situation as well as my own in my life; and understanding the characters I play.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

There are so many people that have helped me or inspired me, but one person in particular came forward when I wanted to give up. A screenwriter and director by the name of Nicole Fairbrother who is a dear friend of mine convinced me to keep going in this business when I felt like I just couldn’t continue. She told me I was too talented to quit and encouraged me to change the people representing me instead. I am so grateful for that.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Iwould start a movement of compassion. The world we live in conditions us to particular ideologies and we don’t realize how affected we are by them. I think if we can work towards being compassionate to one another we can keep an open dialogue of learning. I find the culture of shaming just makes people hide their flaws instead of facing them, learning from them, and healing form them to be better people. If we can be less judgmental and show more compassion, I think we can teach in a loving way, how to let go of some of the oppressive ideologies we as a society have.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Although it is difficult to narrow down, I think that I would love to meet either Jake or Maggie Gyllenhaal. I am always inspired by their choices in scripts and characters; and their interviews often leave me thinking about life, perception, and creating character. I would love to just hang out with either of them because I think they would be down to earth, thought-provoking, and probably just nice to hang out with!

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You can follow me on Facebook under Sara Rabey https://www.facebook.com/sara.rabey

Or on Instagram @sararabey https://www.instagram.com/sararabey/

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

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