Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Profile

Carrie Brownstein

Musician & Actor

More From Carrie

In this video

Tagged as

Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein reveals how her attraction to freedom got her involved in music, how she started her first band and the road that led her to acting.

Carrie's Biography

Advice to Her Younger Self: Embrace all the awkwardness and uncertainty.    
Before Music: She thought she wanted to be an actor.   
Source of Inspiration: Miranda July. "One of my oldest, dearest friends."    
On Her Favorite Portlandia Character: “A couple more pairs of comfortable shoes with my self-righteousness unchecked, and I would be Cath.”

Born and raised in Washington, Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein started her career in music at The Evergreen State College. It was 1995 when she became the guitarist and vocalist in Sleater-Kinney at the age of 21. And after graduating in 1997, Brownstein would eventually move to Portland, Oregon. However, despite the move, Sleater-Kinney stayed together until the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2006.

And so in 2010, Brownstein took her talents to another band, Wild Flag, which released its debut album in September of 2011. But music has never been Brownstein’s only passion. When she wasn’t playing with her band, Brownstein was writing and acting. Brownstein is now best known for developing the sketch comedy Portlandia with actor Fred Armisen. Brownstein and Armisen both write for and star in Portlandia, which began airing on the Independent Film Channel in January of 2011.
 

Related Videos

Sheryl WuDunn
Sheryl WuDunn
Author

Sheryl WuDunn is a business executive, best-selling author, journalist, and international women’s rights advocate. In 1989, she became the first Asian American to win a Pulit...

Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams
Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams
Writers, Correspondents, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

Jessica Williams is an actress, writer, and all-around funny woman from Los Angeles. She credits her ability to be hilarious on her very large funny bone — she's been 6-f...

Yan Geling
Yan Geling
Novelist and Screenwriter

Yan Geling grew up in Shanghai with very artistic parents, her talent for dance winning her a place in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) dance troupe at the young age of 12,...

Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas
Actress

Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress, author and activist whose body of work continues to have an impact on American entertainment and culture. She burst onto the scene as the...