Today’s guest is Sara Holden and she, well, has been shot, strangled, bludgeoned, suffocated & died in pretty much every imaginable way possible on the big & small screens!
Not at all. She’s pretty used to it, given her career as a Hollywood stunt actress!
A quick look at her IMDb profile will reveal an impressive CV with appearances in I’m Your Woman, Batwoman, General Hospital, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Veronica Mars, NCIS, American Horror Story, Venom, The Walking Dead, Transformers, Divergent, Man of Steel, Oz the Great and Powerful, Sons of Anarchy… the list just goes on and on!!
But who exactly is Sara Holden?
Sara hails from Detroit, Michigan and she always had a love of theatre while growing up. And while she had no idea what stunts even were back then, retrospectively, it seems as though it was all meant to be.
She was a tomboy not afraid to get down and dirty. Played soccer, gymnast and also competitive cheerleading before joining the women’s rugby team in Western Michigan University. The story of how she even ended up in the rugby team is pretty hilarious and involves, surprisingly, the offer of beer! And being smashed into the ground at every match (which she seems to relish! ;)).
Moving to Los Angeles
Upon graduation, she did an 8-month advertising stint before deciding to quit to give acting a shot. Her reasoning?
I've always wanted to do this acting thing... and if I don't do this now, I don't know that I'll ever do it. It was kind of like my time, let's just take the jump leap of faith, if you will, and just see what happens. And so I did, I just moved to Hollywood. And I packed whatever I had into my car and drove out there.
But you know what makes that decision especially remarkable?
I didn't know anybody. I did not have a job. I did have some money saved up… and I remember I kind of told a little white lie to my parents and said that I had this job. I didn't really have a job at all... And yeah, I just drove out there and got a job as a hostess in Beverly Hills and just started networking.
One of the many pieces of evidence of her “what is the worst that can happen?” go-getter attitude.
Establishing A Presence In Hollywood
Establishing herself in Hollywood with no contacts, no job and more importantly, no SAG card, was difficult. And we explore:
The Realities of Life as a Stunt Actress
We also get real on some of the challenges, including
For more details, check out https://www.sothisismywhy.com
And don’t forget - if you’re looking to flip your own cars, make sure you give Sara a holler first!!
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