Born in Los Angeles and professionally trained in the creative industries, I have always been interested in the storytelling power of film and the written and spoken word. I have worked on a wide range of spoken word, interactive performance, music and film projects in London, Galway, Dublin, Los Angeles and New York City. I received a Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa for my work as a spoken word artist and received a Young Entrepreneur award and six months of mentorship from the Southbank Centre. Most recently, I have worked for the Barbican Centre’s Creative Learning department, The Royal Opera House and The Roundhouse on a freelance basis. I am currently looking to expand my knowledge and experience in Theatre. As an emerging a writer and director I believe having the chance to work at The Royal Court would an source of inspiration for finding new ways to express stories and encountering new ways of directing. I have not completed a traditional route of education but I have always remained extremely passionate about professional development while working. Being in a position where I can learn practical information and also be given the opportunity to be creative is my goal. Most of my past work experience has been in film. I just have finished an experimental drama short project, GRIEF, with the Eastside Educational Trust and Adobe where I worked as a writer/ director/ co-producer and editor for a Sundance Ignite Film Project. I worked with a team of 15-24 year old’s to collaborate on the project which had elements of dance that needed to be choreographed in a two day period. I have also been previously funded by The Arts Council, Film London, Media Trust and London Archives for a short documentary titled Future Revisited, an archive film about Haringey. During the project I was Director, Producer, Assistant Camera Operator and Editor. Being in both of those positions and having multiple duties at once meant I had to be organized, exhibit my leadership qualities, manage the budget and secure all the resources necessary to make sure everything ran smoothly. I had to liaise with my executive producers, crew, location contacts, interviewee's and their assistants (i.e. when we interviewed David Lammy and Catherine West) and assist with other production and post production duties including a screening at the Bruce Castle Museum in Tottenham. This experience as a filmmaker showcases my ability to prioritize and perform to a high standard under pressure. In previous years I have also gained experience as a performer, both for spoken word and for interactive theatre. I performed poetry at Lovebox, performed as an actor at Bestival, studied improv performance at UCB in New York on a diversity scholarship. In my creative leadership course I have also had workshops that are focused on theatre and this has drawn my interest into theatre further and drew me to apply for this position. I have experience with working towards Arts Awards, which I saw was part of the role of this post, so I am familiar with how to moderate or work towards the award. My work is informed by my passion for exchanging stories. I’m comfortable with working independently or in a collaborative setting and I end up experimenting and trying new things to develop a strong foundation. I merge artforms to expand the reach of the creative works that I make and I feel this position would give me the best opportunity to grow as an artist. .
I was chosen to write and direct a short narrative film for the Sundance Ignite Film Challenge and given a £500 budget from Adobe to work with. I co produced, assisted the edit, casted the actors and hired a choreographer. I am also submitting the film to film festivals now and we have our first screening Sept 12th in London.
I currently work as a casual Barbican Ambassador for The Barbican Centre where I go out into Waltham Forest and get a diverse range of people within the community involved in outreach events that The Barbican produces. I hand out fliers, work at festivals, attend masterclasses and community events, visit local businesses and help connect the areas of Leyton, Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Chingford with funding and educational opportunities. I also lead the social media campaign for the Ideas Kitchen project.
I worked for the Royal Opera House production “Woman at Point Zero”. My duties were to set up the rehearsal space, update the schedule and time management, making sure artists needs were met, liaising with the producer and director, rehearsal management and assisting with any other tasks needed.
I recently assisted as a camera operator, sound assistant and assistant camera operator on a Southbank Centre film project about South Asian culture, focusing on the dish of Biryani. I worked with a group of ten others and a lead director. The film was screened at the Alchemy Festival in May to over 20,000 visitors. We are also going to be taking the film to the BFI for a screening in the summer of 2017.
I was commissioned by Film London, Media Trust, The Arts Council, The London Archives and The Lottery Heritage Fund to lead a group of ten 18-24 year olds to make a documentary using both current and archive footage. We had a screening of the film in London at the Bruce Castle Museum.
I was a participatory filmmaker and director at Fully Focused for five months. My duties were to create film ideas to be developed, take minutes during meetings, write scripts, act in short films that we created, produce and direct visual projects, attend showcases, screenings and masterclasses for professional development. Collectively the videos that I worked on have over 150,000 views. My duties were to support the director as an assistant director and interviewer. This was a promotional piece on what AWF does to empower young women who have gone through abuse and mental issues. During the job my role was to keep the shoot on schedule, work directly with the talent, clients and director, manage crew, handle petty cash and assist camera operator. The video is now on AWF’s social media outlets and has 3,000 views. My team was commissioned to work on a promotional piece for Vivienne Westwood to be released before her London fashion show event. My role was as 1st AD and my duties as the 1st assistant director was to keep the shoot on schedule, help with treatment, direct talent and assist director, manage crew, handle petty cash, act in the film and during her fashion week runway as a “protester”. Our short promotional film featured Mic Righteous and has 26,000 views.
Wrote over twenty articles on new music and musicians including live events and ep reviews. I conducted in person, phone and skype interviews with international talent, attended performances and wrote articles about the event, photographed each event, wrote press releases, attended networking events, worked with various managers and agents, wrote album reviews and promoted shows and events. Photographed content.
I won this award in the summer of 2016 after successfully pitching an idea for a nationwide tour of emerging artists. I received six months of personalized mentorship from the Southbank Centre.