Rising Star Ai-Chan Carrier: “Encourage people to follow in your steps and be positive as you.”

If you post positive content and hang out with positive people, it will help other people to be more positive. And it will fight all of the negative in the world. That encourages people to follow in your steps and be positive as you. I had the pleasure to interview Ai-Chan Carrier. Ai-Chan Carrier, best […]

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If you post positive content and hang out with positive people, it will help other people to be more positive. And it will fight all of the negative in the world. That encourages people to follow in your steps and be positive as you.

I had the pleasure to interview Ai-Chan Carrier.

Ai-Chan Carrier, best known for her roles on CBS’ “Training Day” and Disney’s “The Lion Guard,” stars in the new Disney+ film, TIMMY FAILURE MISTAKES WERE MADE. Ai-Chan plays the role of Corrina Corrina, best described as Timmy Failure’s primary antagonist. Corrina Corrina is an intelligent, charming, and delightful girl although Timmy believes otherwise. In addition to acting, Ai-Chan enjoys riding and competing in English Saddle in Equestrian and volunteers weekly at her local barn.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I was born in Newport Beach, CA, and grew up in Irvine with my mom, dad, and our two dogs. My mom’s family is in Japan, so until I was seven I would always go to school in Japan during the summers. I dressed up in a uniform and took the same classes as all of the other kids. We live in the countryside there and it’s a totally different world from America. I started to work when I was almost 8 years old. The entertainment business is in “Hollywood,” so we had to drive back and forth to LA. It takes 4–5 hours round trip depending on traffic, so we were always on the road. We finally moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. We’re closer to my work and have met so many nice people in the business. But America and Japan are still both a big part of me. I love them both.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

I started singing when I was 4 years old. My singing teacher Hisato suggested I try acting. So, we started practicing and I auditioned for a musical in LA, The King and I. I got the part and loved performing on stage. After that, I did short films and got into commercials and TV. One thing sort of just led to another. It wasn’t a big plan or anything. I just did what I love.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your entertainment career?

My first TV job was to co-star in a few episodes of CBS’s Training Day with Bill Paxton (ALIENS, TITANIC, APOLLO 13) and Katrina Law (“Hawaii Five’ O”). I was really scared the first day and didn’t talk much — which is a bit unusual for me. But both Bill and Katrina were incredibly nice. Bill hung out during breaks and he told us stories about his career. Of course, I heard from everyone that he was famous for the line, “Game Over, Man!” from James Cameron’s ALIENS. When I asked him which of his movies I should watch, he said to my dad, “She’s not allowed to watch Aliens until she is 18, Dad. It will give her nightmares.” So I watched his other movies like THE MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED. It was a real inspiration for me. Now, the sad part is Bill passed away not long after that. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. For me, he’s now sort of a guardian angel.

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?

Well…it sounds kind of crazy, but I was lucky to book my first job pretty quickly. And I thought it was easy to get work. Boy did I learn the hard way. It’s not easy. You always have to work hard and study and do your best.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now? How do you think that might help people?

Right now I’m doing a lot of press for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, directed by Tom McCarthy. It just came out on Disney+ with really positive reviews. I play the antagonist to the main character, Timmy, who imagines he is the world’s greatest detective. He imagines I am an evil Russian secret agent. It’s a lot of fun doing interviews and photoshoots. The best part is that I get to do most of it with the other cast members — Winslow Fegley who plays Timmy, Chloe Coleman who plays Molly Moskins, and Kei who plays Rollo Tookus. They are so talented and some of my best friends now. The best part is doing what you love with people that you love. That’s what makes it all so special. Next up for me is a short film called UNDER STARS about growing up in this crazy place called Hollywood!

Most young people your age don’t have to balance work and school. Can you tell us how you manage to balance your schoolwork, auditions, and time on set?

Honestly, it’s pretty hard to balance sometimes because most of the time I don’t work all day. I work for a few hours and then I’m very tired, so I want to relax and sleep afterward. It’s really important to rest between working and studying. My pattern is work, rest, study and play. The good news is that I like school and am doing pretty well. And the school and the principal have been very supportive. I’m happy I made the honor roll the last 2 years!

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?

I’d say my mom and dad. They are always there for me. One of them is always traveling or on set with me. They are with me, taking care of me and supporting me. But when we travel to Japan or Hawaii with my mom or dad for vacation, we’re just a happy family. There are other people who helped me a lot, too. My singing teacher Hisato and stage dad Tim who really got me started in the business. And my relatives, especially my cousin Mikey and his family and my grandparents in the US and Japan.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s jump to the main part of our interview. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)

My 5 things are…

  1. There are always more talented actors than you. So you have to work hard all the time. It’s like my castmates in Timmy. They are amazing actors. I am honestly surprised when I see them perform. I learn so much.
  2. You can’t get what you want all the time. There are things you get that others don’t, and things others get that you don’t. That’s life.
  3. You have to study and work hard even when you aren’t acting. If you do that, something will come up and you will work again. I’ve had some big breaks between jobs. It wasn’t easy. But eventually, something comes around. My role in Timmy Failure is a good example. I’m glad I didn’t give up.
  4. Be nice and professional to everyone. Like Bill Paxton was.
  5. You have to appreciate everyone and everything around you. There are people who don’t have as much you. I am lucky for everything I have. Sometimes just driving through LA reminds me of that. On one street, there may be homeless people. On the next street, there may be people shooting a movie. It’s so strange. We are all so lucky to have what we have.

I would add one thing: You need something to do outside of acting. Find something you love so that you can focus on that. For me, that’s horses. I love riding and jumping. I also love going to the barn and grooming the horses.

You are a person of enormous influence. How do you think you can use social media as a platform to be a positive influence to your fans, and for society at large?

If you post positive content and hang out with positive people, it will help other people to be more positive. And it will fight all of the negative in the world. That encourages people to follow in your steps and be positive as you.

10. If you had the ability to choose to work on any TV show or film or work alongside any co-star, or with any director, what or who would that be, and why? You never know who might see this article, especially if we tag them. 🙂

I would love to work with Steven Spielberg. He is one of the greatest directors of all time. I loved ET and the BFG and Raiders of the Lost Ark. His imagination is part of the whole movie, and it inspires his actors to express things in new and different ways. That creates movie experiences that people haven’t seen before. It’s like creating whole new worlds.

I would also love to act with Ann Hathaway. I love her in THE HUSTLE and THE PRINCESS DIARIES. She can act, sing, and dance. And she can play happy, sad, or angry. She also helps with many social causes like empowering girls — Hallelujah! I really admire her.

11. How can our readers follow you on social media?

I post on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Instagram: @aichan_carrier

Twitter: @Ai_carrier

Facebook: Ai-Chan Carrier

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!

Thank you!

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