We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarita Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarita, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
As a freelance creative writer, there is no limit to what industry you can work in. Meaning you can write for tech, for movies, for marketing, realtors, etc. This day in age, everyone needs a creative writer. There is no limit to your creativity and that’s the one thing I realized when I started to get my brand together.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Creative Content Writer and owner of Princess Film Diaries, which is my personal creative writing brand for myself. Soooooo, I’m a self published author, blogger, screenwriter, music visual writer, copywriter, and editor! What sets me apart from a lot of writers I guess, is I decided to make it a business. I’m the business. When you see Princess Film Diaries at the end of a movie or music video, you know I helped create it. I’m also very humble, I don’t mind sharing how I got to where I got with anyone. I’m helping a man right now in prison who is writing a book. I’m not being vague and telling him to google it like a lot of these successful people do. You want to know what I went through, then I will tell you! I was a production assistant for some years and I also have a lot of administrative assistant experience, so it helped build my people and organizational skills a ton! How I got where I am today was a path I’d never see coming. But who does? I didn’t even know what I wanted to do when I graduated high school, I just went straight to college with an undeclared degree. Big mistake, I changed majors like 4 times and then dropped out because I didn’t know what I wanted to do and I was bored! Like many 21 and 22 year olds you have bills and you are also hanging out and having fun. I was enjoying my early 20s hopping from job to job. At like 24 years old I went back to get my bachelors. Since I had so much schooling done already I really only had to complete like a year and a half of college. I got my Bachelors of Science in Communications and Technology because I figured technology would be booming soon and I knew I wanted a good job. But let me make it very clear, I still didn’t know what my dream was! However, I always was a writer! When I was a kid I wrote all kinds of made up stories and comics that I still have stashed in the garage today! I started writing in a diary at the age of 10 and never stopped. I wanted to be a Vet but realized I wasn’t into the blood and guts part of being a doctor. But, as an adult today, I volunteer at wildlife sanctuaries and I own my own pet sitting business (part-time), so that fulfills my love for animals for sure! You know people say that you have to go back to your childhood to remember what you really enjoyed. And all I knew was that writing stories was fun and I was good at it. My imagination is pretty damn fun! I also am a movie fan and I always wanted to tell stories and see them acted out on screen. So, before I knew it, I had my degree, I was working in a Fortune 500 company but I wasn’t happy. I started going to movie screenings and auditioning to be an extra in movies. I also started and finished my first screenplay, “Bruce Pope.” I had taken an online course on screenwriting and bought a screenwriting app to help me. So if you know anyone that wants to buy a script, let them know it’s up and ready! [laughing] I eventually got into copywriting. I wrote for E-commerce companies like Partycity.com and Walmart.com. When I became disabled with neck issues for a year, I took the time out to write a Novel which is now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, called “Charm City, Part 1”. It’s also in a local black owned bookstore here in Phoenix called Grassrootz and my book is also now in Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix. I also freelance for different businesses and I blog for a great African diaspora website called “Amplify Africa.” They let me write whatever I want and I love talking about history, culture and new tech stuff that’s out. I’ve worked on at least 4 music videos (all African artist) as a writer, scout, and assistant director. I mean, I’ve been blessed with opportunities left and right! That’s why I decided to turn this into a business and soon it will be something I am making a living with. In the article last summer Voyage Magazine did on me about hidden gems, I talked about my struggles and what I had gone through from 2016 up until about 2019. It really sucked. But, what’s crazy is even though 2020 was pretty crappy, it was one of my most successful years. I did have my share of some messed up people I worked with, realizing the entertainment business is full of fakes and men take advantage of women for sure, but overall, I’ve been divinely protected for sure. God is making moves and what and whoever is in my way, I don’t even see them, that’s how fast the divine works. This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. I have my own projects I am working on and I’ve been networking with some pretty dope people. I have challenges like everyone else, but I let them serve their purpose and move on to the next chapter in my life that God blesses me with.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is easy! My friends love it here! We always pamper ourselves, so I’d take them to the Nail Bar where they serve champagne and we’d get manis and pedis! I used to go to Scottsdale, but it’s always the same crowd so now I like fun, more chill spots. I found a great black owned bar called Tap That downtown I’d take them to. They have outside and inside eating, couches and tables, fun games to play and the best part is you can actually go up and pour your own beer! (totally safe and sanitary). For lunch or just a quick drink with them, I’d take them to The Grand Coffee Shop(which looks like a big ol train station). I used to do a lot of my writing there, but now they have pushed it more for a hang out instead of students and writers, but it’s still an awesome place and it’s 24 hours! For the night, Stand Up Live has really funny comics and right next door is a huge bowling alley that has a bar/lounge inside with some good food, music and a dance floor! Breakfast and Brunch would have to either be Snooze, Sugar Jam(new) or LoLos! Then we’d take a 2 hour road trip to Sedona and hike or ATV and have lunch or dinner out there. I say if you’re tired from a long day of outdoor activity with your friends and you just kind of want to chill, I would book a room at a resort like Valley Ho and sit by the pool, eat and drink by the bar and they may even have some events going on at the resort. Lastly, but not least at all, in the morning, I would recommend reservations to a spa for a relaxing massage and facial to start your day. If you’re a guy, you can do this too, but if it’s not your thing, I’d hit up a local gym(guest pass) get a good work out in and steam/sauna room and refresh yourself. Then I would make it a spontaneous day, go shopping at Desert Ridge and see a movie. Hit up Sand Bar for some tasty Margaritas. You could also make it another travel day and head over to Antelope Canyon, The Domes in Casa Grande, or even the Grand Canyon Caverns!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
God and my guardian angels are the backbone of my spirituality and my faith in a higher power as well as myself. My brother and sister-n-law have supported every bit of what I am trying to do without judgement. My friends who have bought and read my content and just random supporters who encourage me to keep going. My boyfriend who genuinely keeps a smile on my face and encourages me to go hard or go home. I look at all of that and I want to say thank you, from my very soul. This is only just the beginning.
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