As a Canadian who lived in New York for 15 years, I'm half GEE GOLLY, SORRY and half FUCK YOU, THE BEST PIZZA’S IN BROOKLYN. I'm passionate about television. It's not a hobby. It's an addiction since I've been four. I wrote my first story ever to Santa. It made the newspaper's front page, and I was hooked. My journalism teacher in high school had me write almost the entire school annual one year. I got an A in exchange for my services - so I guess you could say I've been a writer for "hire" since my teens. I wrote my first screenplay in grade 12 that won a mentorship with a producer.
I'm a first-generation Canadian. My parents immigrated to Canada from Germany and the UK. They had their accents until the day they died. I'm a middle-aged orphan. On a cellular level I know I carry the trauma my parents endured during World War II.
My life experiences have been so wholly polarizing and unifying and odd; sometimes, people don't believe this is my real life. I set it up that way, I always need to get into something new and curiosity has put me in some interesting situations. I've witnessed the terrifying power of a billionaire and lunched with them in a tiny village in China, and I've been in the dirt basement with the man who apparently buried Jimmy Hoffa and I joked about it. Note to self. DON'T JOKE TO MOBSTERS. Even when I do nothing I have a tendency to do a hundred more things than the average human. I suspect it's my heritage to keep moving and I tend to do things either a mock speed or gestate to eternity.
I've moved twenty-five-plus times — some small moves, up a few floors to a better view to across countries from Vancouver's laid back Pacific Northwest to the bustle of New York City and back. And what I learned is traffic is worse in Vancouver. I go through phases of obsessions; whether it be antique furniture collecting or pickling everything, I can't tell you one hobby because my hobby is hobbies.
My life experiences are expansive from witnessing my father near-drown down a canyon waterfall to working the first Tribeca Film Festival post 9/11. At one point, I held five jobs at once to create abundance in my life. That's bullshit. I was desperate to afford my rent when I made the mistake of moving across country for a boyfriend. To survive, I was 1. a human science experiment at a college, 2. the only female garbage dissector to mountains of trash at landfills (I lasted longer than any man) 3.tour guide at a museum's spider exhibit, 4. cell phone salesman 5. waitress in the theater district. I lived in a condemned house. I walked backward out of that house every day to find a job. I figured the traffic that piled up out front would assume I was a realtor looking at an abandoned house to sell, not the poor girl living in rat feces and broken windows. I worked in New York's theater district's film center as a script reader until I became an actress on the groundbreaking HULU series Anyone But Me and worked alongside the talented Edie Falco in her series Nurse Jackie as her stand-in.
This Fall 2019 my tv pilot ALL THE RAVE made #7 on The Red List, it was invited to the Austin Revolutionary Film Festival, a finalist of the Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards and Final Draft's BIG BREAK quarter-finals. I continue to work towards elevating my work with thanks to script coach (Max Timm, Story Farm), career coach (Lee Jessup), story editor and script consultant (Jax Smith) and my next project will be part of LA's Script Lab Script Anatomy TV Writing Program, all coinciding with my completing my Creative Writing Associates Degree.
I recently graduated from the playwriting fellowship program with Vancouver's Playwright Theatre Company. It inspired a trio of my one act plays to be workshopped in Vancouver over Winter 2019 called "A Triptych of Imparities” (several co-written by my friend and frequent writing partner Jax Smith). A series of my short stories and poems were published in The LIAR’s literary magazine Summer 2019.
I am part of a group of talented working writer peers in a Vancouver writer’s feedback group INKWRITES. I also established MOCK ROOM, a private group of select writers who collectively master skills role playing in a real-time writing room.
Any writer who creates a world and characters that are layered and complicated and honest and messy is a writer I obsessively follow. And right now, it's Kerry Ehrin (The Morning Show). There's so much I love about television right now, can we do a shout out to all things Phoebe Waller-Bridge? One of many favorite tv show's is Mike White's Enlightened with Laura Dern. It’s viscerally truthful, perfectly painful and funny. I'm excited for Liz Feldman's series Dead to Me. It's a reflection of where we are going writing-wise in honoring the complexities of the human condition, and she's breaking it wide open. I don't have a favorite movie, I love far too many, but I'd say the tone I love most and write most similarly to is Nicole Holofcener's Friends with Money. She creates these beautifully authentic, flawed women going through things.
As a writer, I’m strong in world-building, I'm a story engine and can come up with hundreds of scenario’s, I’m often used to punch up dialogue or brainstorm fresh and unique ways for characters to move about in their world. I’m a stealth researcher and bring depth to characters and plot lines. Once an idea or concept is in my head it comes out lightning fast. I have an unusual talent for heightened awareness and acute empathy and it shows in my character development. My tone tends towards a lighter acerbic comedy, but lends itself well to dramatic scenes and I typically write drama with a lighter bent.
I love our local talent like Susin Nielsen, Sarah Dodd, Jennica Harper of the Canadian comedy series Jann and Moira Whalley-Becket of Anne with an E and who cannot love Amy Berg. It's their openness to their craft, their vulnerability to the challenges, and their willingness to pay it forward.