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Tell us about yourself:
I have always wanted to be a filmmaker since I was a small child. I’m an avid reader and I enjoy the work of my peers. Seeing others succeed fills my heart with great joy, and when I get to help others succeed it means so much more.
Why do you dig horror?
Horror is my happy place. It gives me that nostalgic feeling of being cuddled up with my family like a pile of kittens. Eating popcorn. It makes me feel safer in the real world for that brief moment of interlude. Horror for me is an escape from reality, the granted I do sometimes make secular based horror films.
Tell us about some of your projects. Say as much as you want!
I just finished filming, Just a Prick with Tonjia Atomic. Just a Girl came out right before that and premiered at Louder Than Wolves in Sacramento California. My first full feature O. Unilateralis was named number one all-time best found footage film in various Publications including Gunaxin magazine. It will be out in distribution by 2019. I am the Creator and horror host Zee Monsta of Horrors of the PNW a showcase that premieres every year at Crypticon Seattle for the last five years.
How has being a woman in the industry helped / hurt you?
I’m not sure. I feel it has helped in the sense that women had always intimidated me until I started interacting with other women in the horror community. There is a feeling of camaraderie here, that you won’t find anywhere else.
Tell a woman who wants to get into horror something you wish someone had told you.
You can be you. No one is going to be perfect. You are never going to be everyone’s favourite. Sometimes people won’t like you just because, and that’s okay. That’s their problem, not yours. But mostly, keep pushing forward, keep creating, keep dreaming, and keep going. Perseverance, persistence: those two factors are what gets things done.
The Women in Horror Month Q&A feature is brought to you by Strangeful Things, The Hilarious Podcast about Horrible Things!