In today’s episode of the Aggressive Optimism Podcast I talk with accomplished TV writer, Actor and advocate for those effected with HIV/AIDS, Sarah J. Eagen about two of my favorite topics – choosing a focus in your work and networking with a purpose. In essence, we talked about how volunteering has been beneficial in her life and her career and how having focus and purpose helped her accomplish her dreams faster and with more joy. It’s a great episode to reflect on as we’re moving into the season of giving and into 2020. How can you be more on purpose next year and how can you help others while helping yourself?
A writer and actor focused on television, Sarah J. Eagen recently placed as a semifinalist in both the Humanitas New Voices program and the NBC Writers on the Verge program. She wrote on the new sci fi audio drama anthology “The Veil” from Voxx Studios, writing 4 episodes with unique settings and characters in season 1. She co-wrote, produced, and acted in the short Soledad, starring Frankie Loyal of “Mayans, M.C.,” which screened on the Disney lot at the end of 2018 and was nominated for Best Writing and Best Short at the Top Indie Film Awards, winning Most Terrifying in 2019. In the summer of 2019 she was hired to write a feature film which will go into production in 2020.
Two of Sarah’s pilot scripts placed as 2nd Rounders in the 26th Austin Film Festival. One pilot script was chosen as a top ten finalist in the Stage 32 TV Writing Contest in April of 2019, and a different sitcom pilot was a quarterfinalist in Stage 32’s Comedy Writing Contest. Previously, her pilots have placed as semifinalists in the 2018 NYTVF Script Comp, as a finalist for the WAN Writers Workshop in 2019, and for the Women in Film/Blacklist Episodic lab in the fall of 2017. One of her parody scripts was performed live by the Parsec award-nominated podcast Once Upon a Wine in 2018. She is a monthly contributor to the online journal Ms in the Biz, where she writes about breaking into writing for TV with advice and resources for writers as well as interviewing prominent showrunners.
Earlier this year, Sarah appeared on one of the final episodes of “The Big Bang Theory,” TV’s longest-running multi-cam show, in a sequence with Academy Award winner Regina King. Eagen was previously seen as helpful paralegal Carol in CBS’s action comedy “Rush Hour”, in a Guest Star role on Lifetime’s scripted series “My Crazy Ex,” and she had the pleasure of sharing the screen with funny lady Kristen Schaal in Austin Found, which premiered at Dances with Films in 2017.
Eagen is a member of the Junior Leadership Board of Hollywood Heart, a LA-based organization that provides arts education to underserved youth and those affected by HIV/AIDS. For several years, she has co-taught the weeklong writing workshop at Camp Hollywood Heart with Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Gatins. She has been an HIV/AIDS educator and activist since she was 10, when she learned that her cousin Christopher was fighting a long and public battle with the disease as a result of an affected blood transfusion in his childhood. He spent several summers attending a camp like Hollywood Heart before he died at the age of 18.
Sarah is also an avid traveler and rock climber, having climbed in Zion, Yosemite, Arches, Joshua Tree, and Devil’s Tower. She recently visited Iceland, where she hiked on glaciers and snorkeled between two active tectonic plates.
To find out more about Sarah please visit her website www.sarahjeagen.com
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