We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Crater and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I go through periods of time when I run the risk of burning the candle at both ends, because I have a lot going on (acting, working, steps I am taking to pivot and grow in my career). I’m still trying to refine my career into what its next stage will be. I try to make sure that every day I take time for me, usually early in the morning. Meditating, writing, exercising – whatever form it takes. I make sure to check in with myself and see how I’m doing and feeling. If I feel completely overwhelmed and am dreading my day, I know something needs to change. I didn’t use to check in with myself regularly in that way. I think that’s why I got burnt out so much when I was younger. I think balance means being really honest in your communication with yourself and having your own back. You need to be willing to stand up to the demands on your time and say “no” when need be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am actor focused on film and television work. I studied theater in high school and college (ASU and NAU) and afterwards moved to Chicago where I actively pursued theater and film for several years. I got completely burnt out from trying to balance a full time job, acting and production in the evenings. I took 6-7 years away from it and lots of other jobs and hobbies, but I never found the passion and excitement I did with acting. About a year and a half ago when I moved back to Arizona, I decided to pick it up again when some opportunities came my way. Since then I’ve taken some classes, listened to some awesome podcasts and have deemed myself a “second act actor”, meaning I have come back to it after taking needed break. I now have a lot of experiences to draw from that I didn’t have when I was pursuing acting in my 20s. I enjoy working in a smaller market and getting to know the filmmaking community here in Arizona. Since being back I have worked on industrials (training videos), commercials, student films, and independent films and I am working on getting into voiceover. I also enjoy making Tiktoks (short form storytelling) and am trying to pick up as much about production as I can. I am most excited about elevating women’s stories and working with female filmmakers – there are so many stories to tell that have not been told! Nothing about acting is easy. It is a lot of hard work and I am constantly challenging myself to work toward the next level. I also have a day job as a Montessori nanny 4 days a week and that takes a lot of my time and energy, too, but it is something else I really love and the family I work with is amazing. Because of the nature of acting and the amount of rejection we face, it’s so important to have other things in your life that lift you up. What I would like people to know about me is that I tried to get away from acting but it couldn’t get away from me. It’s in my bones. If you have something like that that just lights you up, you have to find a way to do it. It’s what you were put here to do. Whether you choose to do it as a side hustle, as a main hustle, or as a hobby, find a way to do what lights you up!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m still pretty new to Tucson since I moved here during the pandemic, so there are a lot of places I still need to discover. But I would take visitors hiking in Sabino Canyon. I’d love to walk around 4th Avenue and check out the stores (I especially love Antigone Books). We could go downtown and see the great murals that make Tucson really special. I love going to the Annex and Mercado to hang out, grab a beer and shop at some of the amazing local businesses. I also really enjoy spending time at the Botanic Gardens. It is so gorgeous and peaceful there, and very uniquely Tucson.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout to my mom, Nancy Maneely for being a consistent supporter of all of my wild ideas and dreams!
Instagram: @amycrater and @amycraterselftapes
Other: Tiktok – @amy_leigh_actor
Dustin Leighton, Finding You Pictures (just for the 3 acting headshots where I’m wearing the blue sweater or the pink dress/jacket)