Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Social Work-University of Southern Mississippi
Masters of Science in Psychology- University of Southern Mississippi
Professional Screenwriting Program Graduate- University of California, Los Angeles
Writer’s Bootcamp Member
Screenwriting Mentorship with Paul Chitlik
Screenwriting Mentorship with Scott Myers
I wanted to write a personal note to introduce myself. My friends decribe me as free-spirit. I suppose that’s because I like change. Actually, I thrive on it. Unfortunately, this is not seen as a postive to most- my parents being among those.
I didn’t have much emotional support growing up so I sought my identity through others only to end up feeling empty. I found my creative expression through writing and although I’ve been writing short stories and poetry since I could form sentences, I found my passion in screenwriting. I love the visual medium of storytelling.
At the age of thirty-three, I found myself stuck in a energy sucking career that did not serve my creative cord. I swore that I would find a way to live my passion. I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t want anyone to talk me out of my dream or discourage me. I put my head down and started taking screenwriting seriously, learning everything I could. I’ve read countless books published on screenwriting and I became a self-proclaimed Joseph Campbell protege’, studying his works in Mythology. I graduated from UCLA’s Professional Screenwriting Program which led to subsequent mentorships with two establishished screenwriters.
I was able to understand how my creativity is linked to my intuition.
Through all of the education, mentorships, workshops, countless books, I still felt that there was an egnima to screenwriting. Great stories are not easy to write, especially if you don’t have the right formula. I thought to myself that if I’m having trouble in the middle of my script- if you’ve read any screenwriting book they will tell you this is where most people have problems- then I wasn’t grasping something key that other great screenwriters knew.
I went back to Joseph Campbell’s work and the underlying spritual foundation of his oeuvre. I stopped writing for nearly two years to set out on my own spiritual journey.
That was truly the ticket for me! I was able to understand how my creativity was linked to my intuition and how to tap into that intuition. I found my voice and learned how to use it effectively in my craft.
I came back to writing with a completely different perspective and was able to understand elements of my craft that I never could before.
Now I love to collaborate with others while making my own strides in the industry.