The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles…” ~Jack Kerouac

Growing up in a small Vermont town pushed me toward a life of “creative culture.” As a way to pass time and express myself, I turned to the arts. What started as a love of film and entertainment eventually flourished into a desire to explore several artistic mediums and fabricate new universes through the art of storytelling. In practicing various creative fields (directing, writing, acting, illustration) and becoming a multi-hyphenate, I was able to build an awareness and adaptability like no other, two characteristics I pride myself on. I value the ability to communicate, to believe in one’s self, and to set goals and achieve them.

I graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Marketing and am proficient in French from studying in Toulouse and Paris. After gaining experience as an assistant at La Monte Productions in Beverly Hills, working at a marketing and branding agency in downtown Los Angeles, and working as a creative marketing intern at a women’s fashion brand based in Manhattan, I launched a career in entertainment at 21st Century Fox / Fox Searchlight Pictures as a Publicity Assistant. This expanded my knowledge of the various paths within the film industry and taught me to be very efficient, task-oriented, and carry out multiple duties at once.

Using my knowledge of strategic planning and artistic direction, I am currently pursuing a full-time career in directing, producing, and writing in New York City, all within the entertainment sector. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I was able to finish writing my second feature film, several short films, develop two episodic series concepts, complete a novella, safely shoot a short film in Vermont, and make strong headway on two novels. My short film ANYTHING was also chosen as a semi-finalist in the New York International Screenplay Awards.

I take any chance to learn and develop myself as a professional storyteller, including continuous networking through Sundance Collab, online Masterclasses, virtual panels, and volunteering. Key topics that I am eager to explore on screen include global cultures, LGBTQ+ experiences, and city dynamics.

At the end of the day, I have an undying passion for entertainment, the arts, and human connection all through global and diverse storytelling. And these passions are so strong that they sometimes drives me mad – mad to live.

But it’s the mad ones who make history.

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