Things to know
I’m from a small town but I love to think big.
Figuring out things is my strong suit but I’m never too egotistical to say, “I don’t know.” When people tell me that something can’t be done, I get excited about proving them wrong. Being near the water makes me giddy. Bubbly water and peanut butter flavored things gross me out. My love for Lizzo runs deep, “I’ve never been cool but you better make room for me.”
What makes me really happy is telling stories, especially if they’re connected to the South. Reach out today to discover ways we can collaborate.
- Writing, Producing, Directing
About my family
Today I live in Raleigh, N.C., with Derek and our daughter Samantha. My husband and I met at a comedy club where we both performed. We got engaged in Positano, Italy, where this photo was taken in 2017. We’ve been happily married for a while, and he’s one of my biggest supporters. I’m deeply grateful for the love and support of my entire family – without them, none of this would be possible.
My undergraduate degree is from Meredith College, where I studied photography, graphic design, and communications. The women’s college was the perfect place for me to study. I’m deeply grateful to the Meredtih College community, and all that I have learned from being a part of it. Each year, I return to host their documentary festival. (Please join us; it’s free open to the public.)
I love supporting filmmakers
Supporting my peers is important to me. That’s why I founded and directed an organization called the TriFilm Society. I hosted networking events that helped people connect and stay inspired, and created a win-win for the businesses that partnered with me. I closed TriFilm in 2018 for a variety of reasons. Today I serve as a consultant, producer, and assistant director to help my peers tell their own stories.
Background in photography
My background is in still photography, writing, and graphic design. Some of the very first projects I did were photos, essays, and reports for my high school’s newspaper and magazine. After college, I spent years as a graphic designer, photographer, and marketing communications strategist. Everything I learned during those “lost years” going to work at a “real job” taught me something valueable – skills and expertise I put to use every day as a filmmaker now.
For many years, I performed at a local comedy club. We did team-based improv, which should not to be confused with standup comedy. One of my longform teams was called Big Fat & Stealthy. That team taught me so much about social media marketing, and was partly my first foray into independent filmmaking in 2007.
North Carolina is home
Wilmington, N.C., is where I was born in the 1980s. When I was young, my family moved to “little” Washington, N.C. So I grew up in rural areas near the water, where my imagination had plenty of room to run. I spent a lot of time daydreaming about making movies. My sister and I used to host our own imaginary baking show, and I directed a lot of soap operas in our backyard.
Do you freelance?
Yes, I love freelancing. I have served as a writer, producer, and assistant director on films my peers are making. If you’re looking for support, reach out for more info on how we can collaborate. Working with people to tell stories that engage audiences makes me really happy.
How did you learn filmmaking?
Well, you could say I went to the school of hard knocks: most of what I know about filmmaking is through experience. Those hard-earned lessons have stuck with me. Although I haven’t been to film school, I have studied under people like Vincent Laforet and Shane Hurlbut in person. I’ve taken lots of additional courses online. I still daydream about going to school to get an MFA and MBA.
How do you fund your films?
Funding is a personal journey for many filmmakers. My day jobs paid for many of my first films. That worked well, although it left me exhausted from hustling 24/7. I’ve also spent a lot of time studying crowdfunding. It evens the playing field and you can connect directly with your audience. We were very lucky to raise money for Brewconomy. I’m still learning about grants and dream of having that kind of support.
How long does it take to make a movie?
That depends on so many variables like funding, support, etc. My first film, Abandoned Allies, was a feature-length documentary that took five years to make. Some of my short films have taken considerably less time, though.
Do you travel?
Yes! I love to travel. If you have a story that requires travel, please reach out for more information on how we can collaborate.
Can you help with my project?
It’s possible! I really love helping people craft interesting, memorable stories on screen. Get in touch and let’s talk about what you want to accomplish.