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“(Mu­sic) sort of crept up and out of me,” she says with a laugh. “I had started to bring my acous­tic gui­tar to the trailer when I was work­ing on the sec­ond sea­son of Shark, and I started writ­ing these lit­tle songs. And when the show was can­celled, I had 14 songs, and I thought, ‘OK, I have some time, and I have a lit­tle bit of money, so why don’t I record these?’”

She went to Montreal, where she has a few friends who are mu­si­cians, and asked them to play on the self-pro­duced CD. The re­sult en­cour­aged Carter enough that she started book­ing liveper­for­mance gigs at clubs around L.A.

“I just got out there as much as pos­si­ble, and then I met my cur­rent band­mate, David Drake, and we formed a band called San­guinDrake, which be­came a big­ger, more se­ri­ous project,” she says. The duo is cur­rently at work on their sec­ond al­bum, and Carter says one of her dreams is to have San­guinDrake land a gig at the Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val.

Carter de­scribes her mu­si­cal ef­forts as a per­fect com­ple­ment to her act­ing ca­reer, which has been re-en­er­gized by her role in Fall­ing Skies.

“Act­ing is ab­so­lutely won­der­ful for me right now,” she says. “Fall­ing Skies came along at just the right time to tell me, ‘You’re on the right path, just stick with it.’ Mag­gie is an ex­tremely dy­namic char­ac­ter, and the show is fan­tas­tic — it’s work­ing out­doors, back in Canada, filled with ac­tion and such a rich story. I love be­ing in a sci­ence-fic­tion show; there’s so much imag­i­na­tion in ev­ery sin­gle episode.”

Carter main­tains close con­nec­tions to fam­ily and friends here in Win­nipeg, and will re­turn home next month to ap­pear as a guest speaker at the Ru­pert’s Land De­bate Tour­na­ment at Bal­moral Hall.

“They reached out to me, and of course I said yes,” says Carter, who trav­elled ex­ten­sively as a de­bater dur­ing her high school years. “I’ve changed a lot since my de­bat­ing days; back then, I thought I’d end up go­ing to Stan­ford and study­ing law. That’s not quite what hap­pened, though I did play a lawyer on TV.

“It’ll be great to go back and tell the kids there how im­por­tant it is to learn how to com­mu­ni­cate, to take in in­for­ma­tion and make it your own, and to form your opin­ions and get them out there. De­bat­ing is one of the most im­por­tant skills I learned in high school, so it’ll be fun to go back.”

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