We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcia Carroll and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marcia, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I’ve actually learned four major lessons that have proven to be invaluable.

First, honoring your authenticity. Celebrating and capitalizing on your individuality, uniqueness and distinct perspective is the secret to success in every aspect of life.

Second, following your instincts. My intuition has never led me astray. It’s only when I’ve allowed outside influences to create self-doubt that I’ve made poor choices; always trust your gut.

Third, taking control of your own experience. No matter how slowly you’re moving, it’s still progress… just make sure you’re in the driver’s seat because in the end, it’s the trip that matters most.

And finally, staying open to possibility. Goals are important as long as they don’t upstage opportunity. There’s more than one way to anywhere; sometimes unexpected prospects are breaks in disguise.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe in living spherically, in many directions, and I think my career path best reflects that philosophy. As a former news writer/undercover investigator/associate producer for both CBS and NBC News, a show host for the QVC Shopping Channel, a community columnist for the Dallas Morning News, a board member for the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and acting veteran, I’ve covered a lot of territory.

I’m especially proud of recently completing the SAG Short Film, JADED, that I wrote, produced, directed and acted in. Inspired by a true story that made local headlines, JADED is a work of fiction that seeks to raise awareness about suicide by shining a light on the loved ones left behind. After my best friend’s 16-year-old daughter committed suicide, the world obliterated into a million frozen, fractured, jagged little pieces. Writing, producing, directing and acting in this film led me on a path to healing in ways that are as true and clear and palpable as my beating heart.

I know some may think it was irresponsible to shoot a movie during the pandemic, but I disagree. I believe the controlled environment we created on set was far safer than a visit to the grocery store. We were able to schedule the shoot during a time when the pandemic was locally contained, doubled the budget to accommodate all CDC/SAG/OSHA/Texas Film Commission and local and state safety restrictions, had everyone rapid tested, incorporated strict guidelines while filming, and were able to complete the shoot within three days without incident.

This little movie brought together a collaborative group of creatives eager to make a difference by spreading awareness about the rising epidemic of suicide, and its devastating effects, during an unbelievably challenging time. In the end, against all odds, we safely produced a film in the hopes of changing a life for the better. It already has. Mine.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Where to begin??? I think I’d start with a hearty breakfast at my favorite diner Lucky’s Cafe on Oak Lawn, then head out for a late morning power walk on the Katy Trail, with a pit stop for lunch and a beer at the Katy Trail Ice House. After doing a little shopping on Knox-Henderson, I’d check out all the weekend activities at Klyde Warren Park, stop at the Dallas World Aquarium, Nasher Sculpture Center or Perot Museum, take in a bit of history at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and finally grab a cocktail/dinner atop The Reunion Tower for a fabulous view of the city.

Another day’s itinerary would have to include the Dallas Arboretum and/or Dallas Zoo. Afterward, a bike ride around White Rock Lake, maybe an art exhibit or show at the Bath House, dinner at my favorite speak-easy, Lounge Here, followed by a late night jaunt to see a great band, and maybe even do a little bit of dancing, at the best dive bar in town, The Goat.

Lastly, I’d be sure to include a day dedicated to exploring Forth Worth. Get to the Stock Yards to see the cattle drive and/or rodeo, buy a new pair of cowboy boots, or take a train ride to Grapevine and back. If you’re still up for more activity…. there’s shopping at Sundance Square, a visit to the Fort Worth Zoo or a bit of culture at the Kimbell Art Museum.

Fill-in favorites: Shopping/eating at Highland Park Village, West Village, Bishop Arts or NorthPark Center. As the world starts opening up, be sure to catch a performance or concert at the Dallas Theater Center, Myerson Center or Fair Park.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friends and family; it takes a village, and I am so grateful for mine. My husband Ed, daughter Isabella, and small group of coveted friends have been instrumental in my evolution as a contributing, compassionate, evolving human being both personally and professionally.

Website: https://www.instagram.com/jadedmovie/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marciacarrollburzair/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcia-carroll-8635372a/

Image Credits
Headshots of Marcia are courtesy flygirlphotography as is the movie poster shot of JADED. All others are on location candids or JADED stills that do not require a courtesy.

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