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Creativity School

Apr 29, 2019

On today’s episode of Creativity School, I’m talking to Sara Carson, celebrity dog trainer, top international trick dog trainer, and finalist on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent.

Sara and her dogs now have fans all over the world, but she faced harsh criticism and lack of support from her family and friends while she pursued her dreams of training and performing with dogs for a living. Despite starting her own dog training business at 15 years old, Sara was told her entire life that what she was doing was silly, unrealistic, and that she could NEVER have a career doing what she wanted to do.

When she auditioned for America’s Got Talent, even the judges didn’t understand her work. It took Simon Cowell getting on stage for the first time ever, to vouch for Sara and her dogs and get her through to the show.

Sara shares how to overcome the lack of support from your family and friends and how to create the things you love anyway. We also get a behind the scenes look at her time on AGT - from the audition process, to the moment the judges criticized her act, to Simon getting on stage and fighting for her. She also talks about the process of creating new performances week after week under high stress, how she overcomes her nerves before big shows, how she deals with online critics, and more.


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Mentioned in this episode:

  • How Sara learned how to do dog training while watching YouTube videos when she was 10 years old

  • How she started a dog training business when she was 15 years old, teaching at night after school

  • Her experience having a video she made for fun go viral, getting 22M views overnight

  • How she got onto America’s Got Talent Season 12, her process auditioning for the show, getting rejected and hearing criticism from the judges, and how Simon Cowell believed in her

  • Sara’s advice on how to create things when you don’t have any support
  • How she deals with the nerves of performing in front of a huge audience

  • Her advice for creating work through anxiety or depression






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