I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in COMS-Media Studies in 2003. I began my career at a PBS station in Chicago as a Master Control Operator, eventually moving to full-time freelance MCO, audio and camera with Univision Chicago. I spent 2 years working for a small production company, fig media, inc, wearing many hats and finally moved on to teaching video production to at-risk youth in Chicago. I made my way to Portland in January 2009, continuing to work in the media industry and now find myself in Los Angeles to further expand my career opportunities in the entertainment industry.
Since moving to Los Angeles this month I’ve worked on a handful of interesting projects as either a Production Assistant or Assistant Director.
In Portland, I was the Marketing Coordinator for City Baby, a feature film directed by David Morgan with Bryce Fortner as DP. I coordinated a crew of branding creatives and worked directly with the Head of Marketing to develop and implement the marketing strategy. I was directly in charge of producing behind the scenes footage for our electronic press kit.
I also hold the position of Coordinator for the Portland, OR Women’s Film Festival (POW Fest). I began as a volunteer and stepped up to take over coordination and now sit on the Advisory Board working closely with the Executive and Managing Directors. I’ve made my voice and opinions heard and contribute to the overall direction of the project. I coordinate the volunteers, orienting them not only to the task at hand, but to the overall goals of the festival. While I currently reside in Los Angeles, I plan on continuing to work on this project in Portland next year.
I love working with creative people towards a common goal. I have no fear of hard work and thrive in fast-paced environments where effectively meeting deadlines are a priority. I am friendly, outgoing, approachable and know how to motivate teams.
In Portland I was extremely active in my community. I sat on the board of my dragon boat team as Communications Director and headed up our fundraising and recruiting committees. I am a yoga instructor, a triathlete and I enjoy participating in other endurance and fun sports, such as Hood to Coast, kickball, dodgeball and soccer.