I came out of the strange world of behavioral psychology, where I worked with some of North America’s top anxiety and health researchers, and interviewed hundreds of women in research centers about their unique and often misunderstood lives. It was here where I first developed my knack for deep listening, and keen observational skills. For years, I believed research would help improve women’s lives. It didn’t. The research just grew dusty on academic shelves. But, in time I came to realize it wasn’t research that impacted people, but story. I took to the stage to share my own stories and perspectives.
It was in front of rowdy, drunken audiences, where I first honed my skills of telling emotionally true and funny narratives to get the audience’s attention. The stories were inspired by my own life. After a while, I yearned for something bigger than my stage persona, so I returned to school to study the writing craft. It was during my MFA in Creative Writing at UBC, under the amazing guidance of accomplished filmmakers and screenwriters, where I first fell in love with screenwriting. It was also here where I discovered my knack for writing quirky, emotionally layered, feisty, funny female characters in high-concept comedies. I’ve since had the good fortune to have two high-concept short films produced. And this year, my comedy TV pilot Bear and Billy, inspired by ongoing friendships with the open-hearted but reckless group of Burning Man enthusiasts that live in Vancouver, was selected as a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival. I’m working towards a career in writing for television.