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Meet Trailblazer Susan Carol Davis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Carol Davis.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
This link takes you to information that goes into good detail as to where my life and work in the arts is being “lived out” now both professionally and as a nonprofit volunteer.
https://www.curiousdogcreative.com/about/
https://artistsenclavedenton.com

As to how I got started, my education degrees from Texas Christian University and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education were foundational for working as a teaching artist in theatre both in Nashville and Los Angeles. Teaching about live performance and working as a professional in theatre, television and film provided me with tremendous opportunities to develop storytelling skills. As a current documentary filmmaker and professional actress living in Denton, Texas, I am happy to say that the nonprofit Artists Enclave of Denton County I chair is a true celebration of the arts in all their diversity. Check out artistsenclavedenton.com to learn more.

I also thoroughly enjoy my volunteer work with the Thin Line Fest as the Director of Film Programming. This Fest in its twelfth year brings the best of documentary filmmaking and filmmakers to North Texas annually.

October 5-7th, I’ll perform in the 4-person ensemble of “Iron,” a regional premiere of Scottish playwright Rona Munro’s theatrical drama. artistsenclavedenton.com/iron.

I was born in Texas and returned to my hometown after an absence of 25 years in 2013. It is great to be back in the vibrant environment that is North Texas.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I think of the “road” traveled in my life and career, it’s been good to see only so far at times lest I be discouraged and at other times, seeing beyond the horizon inspires me to press on.

My advice to other women is to be financially savvy. Pay off debts quickly and responsibly. Get “it” in writing so far as the expectations employers have for you and what you need in return to be fairly compensated. Cultivate a life outside of the day to day of your career choice with the balance of service to others in your community, large and small. Take time for yourself to ensure mental, spiritual and physical health… retreat and recreate! Surround yourself with people who are truthful, compassionate and want the very best for you.

My road has taken me to other countries, other regions of the US and has had the usual side roads of different kinds of work whether in education, performance, film production and customer service in the retail world. All of the side roads have made me who I am today and helped to develop “muscle” for what I do now.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Curious Dog Creative, Artists Enclave of Denton County and Thin Line Fest – what should we know?
I’m going to refer you to two websites because they spell this out in thorough ways.

curiousdogcreative.com
artistsenclavedenton.com
thinline.us

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
NPR, PBS, and KERA Radio are “go to’s” for me in the midst of busy days. All of these media resources are usually accessible no matter where I am or what I’m doing.

I’d like to say that I’ve become more familiar with great podcasts and blogs but haven’t made the time to do so. And that’s the point – I have these resources yet to discover and am open to others’ recommendations. Keeping my ear to the ground in terms of new technologies and media resources is a day to day practice that I want to make more of an enriching routine.

Pricing:

  • Artists Enclave of Denton County Membership $25 annually

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Rachel Linch (Main photo with my arms uplifted in Patterson-Appleton Arts Center)

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