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Actor/Filmmaker Sebastian LaCause

Eric is an actor and filmmaker based out of New York.  As an actor, he’s a veteran of the stage, film and television having been on shows such as “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “The Tick”. As a filmmaker, his short film “Chalk” is part of the Big Apple Film Festival, New York Short International Film Festival, and LA Shorts International Film Fest.  He was awarded a film grant by FilmInk Magazine for “Chalk”’s post-production process. 
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MYS:

What was the impetus for creating your own work? To show what you can do as an actor, tell a certain story or learn other skills like writing, producing, and directing?  Or, perhaps to further your career?

SL:

I started creating my own work out of a desire to feel more in control, where I felt I had zero control. I was getting frustrated with waiting for the perfect role or the perfect job. Or for simply, someone to say yes. I chose to first say yes to myself. I wanted to get out of the ‘waiting game”. It felt as though I was in a constant state of unknown and in a virtual waiting room. Waiting for the auditions, waiting for a yes, waiting for a career, waiting for life. 

 

Back in 2011 when I first embarked on creating, I was definitely motivated by self-advancement. I felt I needed to take matters into my own hands in order to achieve the success that I had been dreaming of. Now in 2020, my inspiration comes from a much higher octave. A higher vibration. As my soul evolved and I began transforming my INNER world, realizing that true success and happiness can not come from external sources. That the validation and worth that I was desperately trying to prove through my advancement in my career, which is what we are programmed to believe success is; fame, money, a television show, since that realization my work has taken on a much different purpose. As I heal myself through meditation and change my state of Being, and begin to understand what purpose means, my work is reflecting that. It’s no longer self-motivated. It’s not about me landing that TV show, it’s about wanting to expand minds and bring consciousness into the world through storytelling. It’s about using my pain as medicine not only to heal myself but hoping to help others discover the potential that hides within every one of us. 
 

MYS:

What has been the biggest challenge in creating your own work?

 

SL:

The biggest challenge in creating your own work is...creating the work. It’s getting out of your own way. It’s reaching beyond fear and personal limitations and reaching for new ideas. It’s about learning not to make choices based in fear. Choices based in fear create fear. The biggest challenge is overcoming your own limiting beliefs about yourself and what you think you can achieve, It’s about letting go of who you thought you were. You have to find a way to tap into your inner power. To tap into your intuition. That will always guide you. It will never lead you astray unless you begin to doubt and and make a choice based in fear. It’s about learning to trust that the universe is not setting you up to fail. It is guiding you. You have to do the work to get in the head space so that you can feel the guidance. When you are consumed with an outcome and obsessed with a result you are not trusting. You are efforting and trying to control. Once you can bask in how the events are unfolding, you will see that everything is happening in the exact timing and way to help you manifest your desire. 
 

MYS:

What has been the biggest surprise?

 

SL:

The biggest surprise was discovering that I was capable of more than I had imagined or given myself credit for. It surprised me how much the Universe conspires WITH you not against you. We do all the conspiring against ourselves. 

 

I was also surprised at how much people do relate to a story when it’s authentic. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that most people WANT you to succeed. I was surprised at how many incredibly talented people said yes to working with me. The entire experience of creating "Hustling", was a surprise. I was surprised at every turn. The same can be said for my most recent film project, "Disciple". 

 

MYS:

What do you wish you knew when you started?

 

SL:

I wish I had known to start earlier. But honestly that’s it. There are never any regrets when you are able to see that everything unfolds as it should. Every next step presents itself to you only when you are ready for it. It only appears when you are aligned to it. And it should be no other way. The last thing you want is to be in a situation that you are not energetically ready for or, one that you chose out of fear. That’s when trouble ensues. That’s when things fall apart. 

 

BE flexible. Sometimes when you get a curveball, it’s actually guiding you to another choice. Most likely a better choice. A stronger path that is more aligned with what you truly want. Being flexible allows you to be open to the expansion of your idea into something you hadn’t even imagined yourself. So when something you might perceive as “bad” happens, take a beat. Let go of whatever idea you are trying to force and let yourself be open to the NEW idea. The NEW path. The NEW opportunity,. The NEW potential. It’s all leading you to where you want to go, if you let it. Have a vision. But you almost have to let go of the “how” and the “when”. Have clear intentions but don’t hold on too tight or you just might squeeze the life out of your creation. 
 

MYS:

How did creating your own work change what you thought was possible for yourself?

 

SL:

There was no negative to creating my own work. That is why we are here on this planet, in these bodies, in this time and space, to create. We are creators. We create our lives. We create our personal realities. We create our futures.   Creating my own work was the beginning of my path to inner transformation. It put me on my path to awakening my consciousness and changing how I not only perceived the world but also myself, my true Self, and life.  It can be life changing if you are open to it. Or it can lead you into more darkness and more destruction if you let the external world and your circumstances dictate how you feel and the energy from which you create. 

 

MYS:

Tell us about your upcoming short film, “Disciple”.

 

SL:
"Disciple" is the beginning of my new approach to my work as I mentioned previously. "Disciple" is a film about healing. It’s a film about confronting your shadow self and alchemizing that darkness into light so you can step into your authentic self. It’s a complete reflection of my own personal struggle and revelation about my own HIV told through the lens of a priest. 

 

As I began to discover my own value as a human being, I began to see the value of my community, the LGBTQ community. Once I started reaching for truth and authenticity in my own life and began to heal I felt compelled to inspire others, especially within my community, to discover the value in their own lives. As I realize and come into a profound knowing that people who rock the boat, who are different; in sexual identity, gender identification or race, are here to help humanity push beyond the limitations of form, beyond the limitations that we have been taught and programmed to believe for millenia, and help humanity evolve to a higher expression, I can not NOT want to tell stories that push boundaries and make people possibly feel uncomfortable as they are forced to question old thought structures that inhibit growth, evolution and a higher frequency of operation. That is why this film is so important to me and the most important work I’ve done to date. I want to help us come together and bring us into a higher consciousness through storytelling.  A tall order yes, but I know that that work first begins with me and stepping into MY true self and standing in my OWN authentic power as someone not ashamed of who I am is the first step. I have to be the consciousness I want to bring into the world. And I will start doing that one project at a time. 

 

MYS:

How has crowdfunding helped your career to grow?

 

SL:
Crowd funding has helped these ideas manifest. It has helped me spread my message. 

 

MYS:
What professional opportunities have come to you from making your own work?

 

SL:
Honestly none. I have yet been able to crack that. But now that is not a primary focus of the work. I no longer obsess over what can come from creating. I can’t. For me personally, that was looking for something external to validate my work and me. In my experience that has led to nothing. I think I was expecting all the things after "Hustling". This is gonna be the thing that shoots me right to the top. And it didn’t. In fact, I fell hard after that. When I moved out to LA I couldn’t get any traction. The beauty in this, and this is throwing it back to what I spoke of earlier, learning to be flexible and that the Universe isn’t setting you up to fail, but the beauty of it is is that the Universe was setting me up to begin my inner transformation and was leading me to a more authentic life and leading me to discover the worthiness that laid dormant in my soul. No opportunities presented themselves because I wasn’t aligned to those opportunities. I had bigger fish to fry, self-realization, self-acceptance and restoration. I needed to heal and discover that my pain was my medicine. 

 

MYS:

Would you recommend to other actors that they create their own material?

 

SL:

I would absolutely recommend actors taking the time to discover who they really are. To do some soul searching. I would recommend that they formulate clear intentions and combine that with elevated emotion; joy, worthiness, self-acceptance, appreciation to first connect with themselves and to unlock their true power. The only way to access this is within. I would encourage them to not seek validation from the outside world. To not let their circumstances control how they feel on the inside. To not create from a place of lack. To first tap into the unlimited abundance and wealth of spirit that lies within. To understand that they already possess all that the soul requires to feel love, to feel worthy, to be happy. And from this place of appreciation for life and for themselves, a place of pure acceptance, they can not NOT create. 

 

Addendum: Of course we can create from any state of being. And if we want to create to MAKE something happen, we can. And we might make something happen. People do it all the time. But what I would say is that, learning to create from a place of appreciation and not from a place of lack will get you that success and the feels that are truly craving on the inside. And from that place, you are truly unlimited.