COWGIRL Empowered: Carla Curry

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Growing up in Hobbs, New Mexico, Carla Curry had no idea a career as a set decorator even existed.  A job in retail led her to Tucson, Arizona, but after 8 years she was ready for a change. To Carla, ending up in the film industry was a “wonderful case of being in the right place at the right time.”  Shortly after submitting her two-week notice, she received a call from a designer who had heard of her from a friend. 

“I was able to work my first show on a Movie of the Week called Desperado.  My organizational skills paid off, and my artistic skills took off!  I had no idea that this career even existed, but it fit me like a glove.  I am lucky enough to have found my work passion.  Every day is a gift, and I don’t take that lightly.”

Her path led her to become the Set Decorator on Yellowstone.  She praises Taylor Sheridan’s writing, and says,  “His writing style makes it easy to see his vision and bring it to life.”  She also enjoys being surrounded by so many creative people on a daily basis.  “It does indeed take a village, and many of these people, like me, have been on the show since season one.  We have become a close-knit family.” 

We will get to see Carla’s work on the Yellowstone prequel Y:1883 as well, and she can hardly contain her excitement over the new project.  “It’s going to be one that you will not want to miss.  I get excited every day when I see the dailies. An amazing story, an amazing cast, and of course, amazing sets!” 

Carla feels blessed to have been raised and mentored by three strong women: her mother Betty Curry, her Girl Scout Leader Edna Hepp, and her boss that took her to Tucson at 19 years old, Lane Laughlin.  “They all believed in me.  Find that mentor. Find that person that believes in you.  35 years later, I’m still enjoying the ride.”

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