What motivates you to do what you do?
Watching something come to life that didn’t exist before I dreamed it up. It’s just an incredible feeling. Filmmaking involves a lot problem solving and thinking on your feet. Getting to use all the different parts of your brain and all those random skills you developed in life is exhilarating, and in a strange way affirming, you get this feeling that YOU the one that was meant to be doing this!
Who is your favorite woman who does what you do?
Rachel Talalay, a producer turned director who keeps transforming herself and has touched so many of the greats from Nightmare Elm Street to Tank Girl and Doctor Who. She sends my geeky heart all a-flutter!
If you had one wish for women in your space in 2020, what would it be?
Hire HER! We’ve unfortunately seen that getting her in the room isn’t enough. I want to see more women hired as directors, assistant directors, cinematographers, gaffers/grips, camera ops, sound mixers, etc. Without opportunities to get experience on “professional” sets, they are not eligible to move up the ladders because they “aren’t qualified enough.” Give a women a chance, she won’t you down, she knows what’s on the line.
Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.
Build relationships by helping others. Give your time and support. Offer your skills to help someone, you never know what kind of help they may need. The best advice I’ve ever heard is to give three times before you ask once. Volunteer on a set, let someone shoot in your home, host a screening, share and review their work. People remember who helped them along the way and are more willing to help them in return.
Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.
Building on above, develop new relationships. Get out there and meet new people, lots of people and all types of people. Talk to them, (help them out). I’ve found inspiration so many times just by being on someone’s set and feeling that energy again. Find someone who is where you want to be and talk to them about how they got there. Never stop building your tribe and support them!
What scares you?
Anything that affects the mind. Three of my grandparents had Alzheimer’s and I’m terrified by the idea of being disconnected from my mind, from who I am and who I’ve been. I’m sure I’ll make a movie about it…. someday.
What projects do you have coming up?
I’m excited for my 2nd annual WiHM event here in NYC called the Big Bloody Apple. We’re featuring even more filmmakers than last year and I’m hoping to grow it even more next year.,
We’re in post-production on our 4th feature film, Dark Tales from Channel X. It’s an anthology. I’m also in early development on a documentary on women in horror.