Passion Never Retires for Cherie Kerr

What is the best thing that I love about my work? That I have a lot of freedom to work the hours that I want. That my work assignments and tasks vary from day to day; so there is always something new and different. That my work requires a great deal of creativity and I get to challenge my creativity and mental muscles daily; I never do a one-size-fits -all approach to anything.

What is my idea of happiness? My idea of happiness is to be at peace with myself and others. To be able to continually create works that have an impact on others in a positive way. To feel loved and of value to those who mean something to me, e.g. family and friends, colleagues. To have enough money to live comfortably and to the standard to which I have worked so hard to achieve.

What is my greatest fear? To run out of money before I run out of life. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Obsessing over a petty negative when I really should be celebrating a resounding positive.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Christopher Guest, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Larry David, Barry Levinson, Bill Maher and Jimmy Kimmel. 

What is my greatest extravagance? Dark Chocolate

On what occasion would I lie? To save my life or those of my children and grandchildren.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That I am totally responsible for everything. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In Santa Ana, CA, USA. Directing and appearing in two of my indie films–satirical works, mockumentaries–where I basically played myself in circumstances that skated on the very edge of the disaster (based on real-life events).  These two films were shot in 2019 and 2022.

If I could, what would I change about myself? More acceptance toward the frustrations I encounter in my daily life.

What is my greatest achievement in work?  I am grateful to have had so many. Starting 4 companies, all of which have left their mark on the Universe. Ability to write 12 books; ghostwrite 3. Blessed to have made 3 indie films with no resources but what I could gather to make each into 90-minute features. Despite challenges along the way,I’ve been blessed with a lot of resilience so that I could take each project forward and ultimately find success with all of them. If I where to be super specific, I would have to say that the honor of directing Gary Austin, the founder of the legendary L.A.Groundings in a feature film and also completing “Charlie’s Notes,” a memoir about my father’s life as a jazz musician are two of the achievements of which I am most proud.

Where would I most like to live? Either Geneva, Switzerland or where I am in North Tustin, California.

What is my most treasured possession? My father’s Saint Christopher medallion.  

What is my most marked characteristic? Physically my brown eyes. In terms of personality traits–my determination. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The De Pietro Performance Center, a 78-seat theater I built out as a performance space for the Orange County Crazies improvisational comedy organization  in a former bank annex. A great deal of magic has happened on that stage for 33 years! 

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Pop’s Cafe. An old fashioned diner that has been in operation since the 1930’s. 

What books influenced my life and how? I have loved many books from the neoclassical period in English literature. I also love Russian literature. But, the book that has most influenced my life is a book by Watty Piper: “The Little Engine That Could.” It says it all. I won’t hire anyone–a staff member, anyone helping shoulder responsibility– unless they have read or understand the profundity of that book. (…I think I can, I think I can…I knew I could…”). At the end of the day, it’s all about perseverance and self-confidence, especially when those around you doubt you can pull something off. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would like to hear a recording of my late father (jazz musician-standup string bass) playing an acoustic solo version of “My Funny Valentine.”

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Cinderella. She hung in there until she got that (fu*@#ing’) glass slipper.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My late mother and my daughter.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? ““Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Everything about it is brilliant! 

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? You have the right to be heard–from your own perspective. You have the right to some extent to chart your own destiny. What kind of story are you writing?

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? i don’t really have one particular person. I have several, but I guess my daughter is my fan.

Which people or companies would I like to work with ? I would love to work for a studio like Paramount, Sony, or any other studio with a good reputation I would love to direct or appear in an episode of “Curb Your  Enthusiasm.” the bulk of my word is in improvisational comedy. 

What project am I looking forward to work on? The sequel to my last film, “The Third Annual Matricher Falls Internationel Film Festival.” yet unnamed. I also have three other films for which I have already written screenplays. One screenplay, “A Mother, a Son” is a film I plan to shoot by next year. Shoot it in one take.

Where can you see me or my work? www.  My films are on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Tubi, Mometu, Apple Play, Fandango, and many others. We are still looking for a distributor  for “Matricher Falls.” 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? If you are a true creative and really alive, you never run out of projects to do. The ideas keep flowing….

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?  Toni Alexander with Innercommunications in Newport Beach, Angela Reddock-Wright with Reddock Law Group, Anabelle Munro, with the ETHOS Film Awards and Stacy D. Phillips with Blank Rome Law in Los Angeles.

How can you contact me? Cherie Kerr 714 550-9900

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