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Meet Sara Freites

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Freites.

Hi Sara, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I feel like art has always been a part of my life.

As a little girl, I was always drawing, writing short stories and poems, playing the violin, acting out scenes from my favorite Disney movies in costume, and so on. I always had to have some way of expressing myself through art, and I liked to have more than one way of doing it. I wanted to try everything, even if I didn’t think I’d be any good at it.

It wasn’t until much later that I felt like I could actually make an income doing some of the things I loved: Acting, painting, writing, modeling, and costuming. It’s been a long journey from where I started, but I just kept at it and continued to put myself out there until things finally started sticking for me.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, not at all. I faced a lot of rejection and judgment (and still do sometimes) and it can be hard to get back up each time.

There were times when I thought, “Okay, why am I doing this? I do all of these things but none of them are getting me anywhere.” Eventually, I realized that I’m doing what I love and not everyone gets a chance to live their life doing what they love and making an income while at it.

So, regardless of the bad, I have to remind myself to be thankful that I get to do and make so many different things. It’s more about doing what you love and what makes YOU happy.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I published my first young adult fantasy novel “Rise of Midnight” in 2019 and have since published the sequel “Rise of Daybreak”, and I’m working on 2 other books. I paint pet portraits on the side, and I also act in indie YouTube films. But I think I’m mostly known for my costumes which I use to dress up as princesses and superheroes for little girls’ birthday parties and children’s hospital visits with my local charities.

I also use my costumes for creative photoshoots (this is where my past in modeling came in handy lol) and those have certainly helped me grow my social media following. I use cosplay as a way to “introduce” myself on IG but I also let it be well known to my supporters that I write, draw, act, etc, in hopes of networking and meeting others who do what I do and share the same interests.

Of all these, I am, first and foremost, most proud of my books, which you can get on Amazon in paperback, hardcover, or ebook!

The “Rise of Midnight” series started off as chicken scratch and doodles in a notepad when I was 17.

I never would have thought that I would be holding it as a published book in my hands years later, alongside its sequel… while the 3rd and final book is in the works LOL I poured my heart and soul into these books, and I hope to continue to write fiction books for the rest of my life if I can keep coming up with new content and stories.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to finish the 3rd book in my series but then plan to start 3 other fiction novels that aren’t related to the “Rise of Midnight” series. As far as acting, modeling, cosplaying, and painting, I don’t have any big plans for those, other than continuing to challenge myself with new projects.

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Image Credits
Headshot photographed by Shinobi Light, PressPause Images, and Courtney Crawford

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