“(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.”