Born and raised in the heartland of the United States in Kirkwood, MO (a suburb of St. Louis), I spent much of my adolescence immersing myself in books and films. During this time, my appreciation for the art of creating another world developed and grew as did my desire to be part of that creation.
After graduating from high school, I attended University of Missouri – Columbia. I decided to focus on my skills as a reader and writer by getting a BA in English with an emphasis in Folklore, along with minors in History and Anthropology. In the summer of 2009, I took part in a study abroad summer program in Ireland looking at Irish Literature, Culture and History. The program took me and a small group of four other students and two professors on a month-long tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland, all the while learning about how the country has been shaped through the eyes of its famous authors. All of these courses served to show me more about the world around me and feed my interest in exploring it.
Rather than beginning a career immediately after graduation, I decided to take a couple years off to do some “soul searching.” I was able to save up enough money to afford a trip to Europe in 2011 during which I went to England, France, Ireland and Switzerland. Not only was this the first time I had truly traveled alone outside of the country, but also the first time I traveled to a foreign country whose official language is not English. It was truly a life-changing experience and it gave me the confidence to make the next big move in my life.
After working for another year in part-time jobs, I decided I had taken enough time for myself and applied for a Masters program through Regent’s University and Webster Graduate School in London. Living in England had always been a dream of mine, and what better way to do it than through improving my knowledge and skill base? I made the decision and applied in August 2012, got accepted in September, and my flight to London left early in the morning January 1, 2013. That year living in London showed me what I want to make my career and helped me on my way to achieving that.
Since finishing my degree, I moved back Stateside to Denver, CO, where I have been working to further my skills in production and filmmaking, as well as volunteering with film events such as the Starz Denver Film Festival.