1. Tell us about some of your upcoming projects!
Right now I’m immersed in pre-production for a seven-episode web series called Storytellers that’s best described as Skins meets Are You Afraid of the Dark? - I’m writing the scripts and producing alongside creator Joey Graceffa and director Michael Gallagher of Smiley and Totally Sketch. We recently raised over $140,000 of funding on Kickstarter, so I’m thrilled that people seem to be as excited about it as we are. Look for it to premiere on Joey’s channel in October!
2. You have three girl characters appearing in Storytellers. What about their journeys are you most excited to share?
The girls of Storytellers really are the backbone of the series - the three of them consistently take the story to its most intense and exciting places. Skyler is the popular girl desperately trying to maintain control beneath her devil-may-care facade, Celia is the innocent dreamer who might be much more than she seems, and Mai may or may not subvert everyone’s expectations of her by growing into a total demon-hunting badass. They’re all deconstructions of familiar character types or tropes, and I can’t wait to see how the amazing actresses we’ve cast interpret them and bring them to life.
3. What is a normal day in your life like?
Very, very busy! Film development and production all day, web series development and production all night. I work full-time as a producer’s assistant, so I set a lot of meetings, answer a lot of phones, read a lot of scripts, and discuss a lot of movies. On the weekends, I’m always in search of new experiences, adventures, stories, and friends.
4. What advice do you have for other girls looking to make a start in the online video world?
I’ve found it’s really important to surround yourself with a positive network of friends and collaborators who support and strengthen you as both a content creator and a person. I would also advise being genuine above all things - fakeness and hypocrisy are incredibly transparent online and will always come back to bite you eventually. Just have fun, be yourself, stay grateful and humble, create things that make you feel creatively fulfilled with people who inspire you, and don’t put too much stock in the opinions of anonymous strangers on the internet.
5. Who is your favorite fictional girl fighting evil? If you could play one in a movie, who would you like to be?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer forever! She’s the ultimate. I would love to aspire to a mere fraction of her strength, wit, bravery, and always-on-point (see what I did there?) style.
6. If you were stuck in a world where demons were attacking, what would be your weapon of choice?
I’m a skinny white girl without Slayer strength or magical powers so I’d probably have to rely on my brain. I’ll just camp out in the library reading up on demonology and impart all my knowledge to the actual skilled demon-hunters on demand. Good luck, guys!