Thank you NALIP for selecting me as a 2021 Diverse Women in Media Forum Emerging Content Creators Scholarship recipient! I am thrilled to take part in the 2-day event where I will join diverse industry leaders to learn, grow, and connect alongside talented creatives. You can get a pass or learn more about the event happening online December 1st – 2nd, 2021 at diversewomeninmedia.org.
Exciting news! I am Associate Producing a short film! I am working with Xenja and her team to produce the short film, Running With Wolves. Right now the film is in the Kickstarter stage as we are trying to raise funding to make this film possible.
The film will take place in a black box theatre where a story will be told through the use of circus arts and movement. The performance will comment on the question, “Who are we before the world tells us who to be?”
If you want to contribute or learn more about the film, feel free to check out the Kickstarter page by clicking here.
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to be on a friend’s podcast. I talked about my experience so far trying to break into the film industry, doubting myself through everything, and trying to promote my book without using social media. I also talk about my favorite movies and the film that got me interested in movie making.
The episode is just about an hour long. If you want to give it a listen, here is the link to check it out on Apple Podcasts. You can listen through the podcast app on your phone.
Thanks for your support and thank you Crystal for having me on your awesome podcast!
Earlier this year, my college had a writing competition to honor the 20th year anniversary of 9/11. The competition was titled, “What does 9/11 Mean To You?”. Students were encouraged to submit creative writing pieces and/or an interview they preformed asking someone what they remember about this day 20 years ago.
I decided to submit both: a creative poem I wrote and an interview I conducted with my mom. My poem, Weathered Loss, earned Third Place in the contest.
If you want to read my poem, you can check it out below.
I was interviewed by the blogger, Shaheena Chowdhury. In the interview I discussed the events that led to me publishing my collection of poems and at what age I began to write as a hobby. Here are some of my responses:
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: There was never a day I specifically thought, “I want to be a writer”. I have always been a writer. I started writing when I was in 2nd grade. I came home from school and wrote stories in my notebook. As I got older and busier, I started to write less because I did not have much free time. But, my concussion drew me back to writing and I have been writing consistently ever since.
Q: How long did it take you to write your book?
A: Earthly Thoughts is a collection of poems that I wrote in the span of 5 years. It took me roughly a year to compile the poems and format them correctly for a book, but I have enjoyed the entire process. I love being creative and revising my poems is something I find fun. It is really helpful to listen to music while I edit because it can help me feel the emotions I felt when I originally wrote the poems.
To check out the blog post and read my full interview, click here.