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12 Feb 2013
Who Am I?
Writing – I love to write. I’ve authored several blogs, non-fiction books and short stories, and am currently working on my first novel.
Directing – It’s like breathing. I’ve directed documentaries, short films and hundreds of instructional videos.
Editing – I really enjoy the process of editing, both for the written word and the moving picture. I frequently work with authors on tightening up their scripts, and am in the process of editing a documentary.
I grew up on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona, where my mother still lives and works as a midwife. I have a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
While at Hampshire I produced experimental and documentary films and videos, and co-founded the Women’s Film and Video Collective. The group produced a weekly live variety cable television show as well as several short documentaries.
After graduating from Hampshire, I moved to Tucson, Arizona to be close to my family. I started off working as a freelancer, and eventually got hired to teach production for a local teen outreach program. I ran a live weekly television show on the arts and music scene called Censory Backlash. Eventually I left teaching for a position as a television news editor for the station KOLD.
In 2003 I moved to San Diego and acquired additional skills in print, multi-media and web design through the Interactive Media Certificate Program at the San Diego New Media Center. I began blogging frequently, which later led to my first book, “This Was Not My Five Year Plan”.
A few years later I moved to Santa Barbara and started a production company specializing in creating promotional and instructional videos for local clients. Around that time I also founded a cooperative for independent producers called the Santa Barbara Indie Coop. I began work on my second book, “How to Date a Single Mom”.
In 2010 I started working as a live-action director for lynda.com, an online educational video company. Focusing on one “client” allowed me the freedom to enjoy creative projects again. This year in my free time I am working on writing a novel, finishing up my languishing documentary “Finding My Bellybutton”, and getting better at playing the ukelele.