I’ve always been a storyteller. I wrote short stories and scenes all through my teen years. In college I went with a traditional major, political science, thinking I should become a political speechwriter. I had visions of one day crafting influential speeches for the president. Part of my studies involved taking courses on politics through film, and that’s when I got hooked on film storytelling.
After doing an internship at Fox Studios, I was hired full-time in my last year of college. I worked my way up to manager of program development and acquisitions for one of their cable networks—barely out of college and already managing big-budget shows. But I still wasn’t doing exactly what I wanted to do, which was writing.
I applied and was accepted for a 40-week screenwriting training program in Los Angeles, run by the renowned Second City. So, after seven years, I quit my job at Fox to take my shot at becoming a screenwriter. During my time at Second City, I wrote a number of short films, as well as a comedy script that landed me an agent and a manager. Leaving the security of a paying job was a huge risk, but one I felt was worth taking. I am now doing the work I want to be doing. Most of the time, it doesn’t even feel like work.
I like to write relatable, thought-provoking characters and stories about things that matter. It’s work that requires both external research and looking within. Right now I’m focusing on creating more female-driven content. My last seven screenplays all feature female lead characters, with ages ranging from twenties to ninety. It’s beyond important that we champion women’s projects and voices in the arts, and also that we tell their stories, whether through comedy or drama.
Before Covid, I had several projects heading into production, including three optioned screenplays. The pandemic put those on hold, which was hard both mentally and financially. But I used that time to write two more screenplays, which have also been set up with producers. More importantly, I also launched a private funding page through an all-women platform called IFUNDWOMEN to raise money for a passion project, a screenplay I wrote and want to direct. It’s a psychological thriller that shines a light on mental health, specifically PTSD, told from the point of view of a female survivor. The pandemic has left many people triggered and anxious. This film focuses on the human connection, how it strengthens and heals us.
Submitted on January 20, 2022