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    Global Grind
    Social Media Consultant (May’16-Present)
    • Write relevant news, celebrity, fashion, pop culture stories for website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • Research topical stories online
    • Create captions for daily celebrity photos

    Hofstra University
    TV & Web Series Writing Instructor (Sept. '15-Present)
    • Teach fundamentals of structure for web series, ½ hr TV series & 1 hr TV series.
    • Help students outline and develop their web series' pilots
    • Teach the process of writing spec scripts for ½ hr & 1 hr TV series.

    Fung Retail Group
    Social Media Consultant (Feb. ’15-June ’15)
    • Create engaging content regarding retail technology for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
    • Write blogs for the CEO of the company, to align with her philosophies of the industry
    • Creatively report on trends in retail marketing by tracking a range of companies’ promotional tactics each week

    Digital Film Academy
    Screenwriting Instructor (April '15-Present)
    • Teach Advanced Screenwriting classes at accredited university.
    • Teach both short screenplay and feature screenplay classes.
    • Provide the principles and structure to support students in creating innovative, strong scripts to take into production for their final projects.

    Episode Interactive Phone App
    Writer & Producer (Oct. '14-April '15))
    • Write short animated episodes for a series I created for the "Choose Your Own Adventure" phone app Episode Interactive
    • Choose the animation for episodes and execute it using special coding for the characters, backgrounds, etc.
    • Pitch stories and episodes for possible other scripts, get feedback, and revise scripts.

    Praxis Health
    Video Director & Co-Producer (Oct. '14-March '15)))
    • Produce educational videos for various illnesses & how to administer medications pre-production through post-production – rent necessary equipment, obtain locations, cast, hire crew, etc.
    • Direct videos with various actors and health "experts" pre-production through post-production
    • Supervise writing of scripts for videos

    The Actors Connection
    Screenwriting Lecturer (Oct. '13-June '15))
    • Teach introduction to screenwriting for adult actors. Go through structure of different mediums, including film, TV, web series, and shorts.
    • Teach actors the traits that make for engaging characters and how to develop roles for themselves in their original projects.
    • Provide the principles that create innovative, strong stories, no matter what the medium.

    PRISM Multimedia Center (Institute of Music)
    Director & Screenwriter Teacher (Jan. '13-May'14)
    • Taught High School students how to create documentaries from pre-production through post production
    • Taught High School and Jr. High School students how to create and write short screenplays and rewrite for production
    • Gave knowledge of fundamentals of directing actors and working with the camera
    • Co-Directed students' short films on both locations and green screen studios (25 films)

    New York Women In Film And Television (NYWIFT)
    Screenwriting Instructor (Oct. '14)
    • Gave seminars at NYWFIT on screenwriting for short content, explaining the different structure for short films, TV, and web series
    • Workshopped students' scripts, outline and/or ideas
    • Discussed overall production advice for creating shorts and/or web series

    FTMA (Film and Television Masters Program) at Sacred Heart University
    Program Liaison/Advisor (Sept. '13-Dec.'13)
    • Manage operations of the program, including: the equipment room, social media, guest lecturers, ordering from outside vendors, etc.
    • Serve as Liaison to film, acting, and entertainment industries for students.
    • Provide support and feedback to students' projects and overall studies.

    The Ghetto Film School / The Cinema School
    Filmmaker in Residence – Screenwriting/TV Writing Teacher (Jan. '11-March '13)
    • Taught high school students film production classes (teaching a variety of classes including: screenwriting, casting, directing actors, producing, story, and pitching)
    • Supervised students in pre-production, production, and post-production for students' films, commercials, and music videos
    • Worked with students one on one to workshop their film, commercial, and video scripts
    • Taught advanced TV writing class for alumni students, where each student wrote a TV Spec script for either a half hour or an hour TV show that's currently on air

    Gotham Writers Workshop
    Screenwriter Teacher/Script Doctor (June. '12-Present)
    • Taught Screenwriting I class to a variety of adult students of all levels, dividing class into lectures, exercises, and going over students' work
    • Helped students develop outlines for their stories, as well as the script itself
    • Consulted with students one on one on their feature film scripts

    New York Film Academy
    Acting Teacher (March '09-Jan. '10)
    • Taught Acting for Film, Scene Study, and Monologue classes to Jr. High, High School and College Level students
    • Directed students in film scenes and monologues, creating a film set with the class
    • Coached individual students on monologues as well as acting techniques.

    Jodi Collins Casting and Enterprise
    Assistant Casting Director (Jan.'08-Feb. '10)
    • Assisted in casting the TV Show, "The Scariest Show on Television" for Comedy Central, the TV show "Z Rock" for IFC, the film "The Mystery Gang" (Sundance Film Festival), and Ensemble Studio Theatre's "Marathon Plays '08"br> • Maintained office by organizing actor submissions, audition schedules, breakdowns, email correspondence, etc.
    • Provided support for "Creative Control", a screenplay reading series we produced


    Casting Director (Sept. '06-May '10)
    • Held position of Casting Fellowship at Columbia University Graduate Film program, casting a wide variety of student films and projects
    • Cast Columbia Thesis Film "Today and Tomorrow"
    • Cast Columbia Thesis Film "That's Good, That's Enough"
    • Cast Theater Showcase for Rocketship Theater Company
    • Cast Play Festival 8 Minute Madness – consisting of 27 plays for TurtleShell Prod.

    Magnet Entertainment (Producer Ed Saxon)
    Office Production Assistant
    • Research for projects in development and production (ADAPTATION, THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, SEREN, THE BURIAL, etc.)
    • Organize filming schedule, budget breakdown, producer's meeting, auditions, and PR events
    • Perform Reader duties, reading script submissions and writing script coverage.


    Keepin' It Real Director/Co-Producer Web Series
    Big Tree Director/Producer Music Video for MTV.com
    Twin Hearts Director Reality Series Pilot
    $5 Mic Director TV Pilot
    Innerspace Writer/Director Turtleboy Music Video
    Lenox Avenue Staff Writer/Director BET Network
    C'est Moi Writer/Director/Editor Columbia Thesis Film
    The Curious Complications
    of Role Playing
    Writer/Director Columbia Non-Thesis Film
    Z Rock Asst. Casting Director IFC
    See You Tomorrow Writer/Director Columbia Grad Film
    Comfort Woman Co-Producer Columbia Grad Film
    You Slay Me Director Columbia Grad Film
    Love Crimes Writer/Producer Columbia Grad Film
    The Party Writer/Director Columbia Grad Film


    MFA Film (Directing Concentration) – Columbia University, School of the Arts Spring '10
    BFA Drama (Acting & Directing) – NYU, Tisch School of the Arts Spring '00


    Directing (for theater and film), Writing (for film, TV, & theater), Sketch writing, Editing, Casting, Improv


    Harlem Film Festival – C'est Moi
    Columbia Film Festival – C'est Moi
    World Of Comedy Film Festival – The Curious Complications of Role Playing
    LA Femme Festival – The Curious Complications of Role Playing
    Action on Film Festival - The Curious Complications of Role Playing
    Long Island Film Expo – The Curious Complications of Role Playing
    Manhattan Film Festival – The Curious Complications of Role Playing
    Columbia Film Festival – Audience Choice Award – The Curious Complications of Role Playing
    PAGE Screenwriting Contest – Semi-Finalist – Pilot The Hicksville Players
    TVWriter.com Spec Scriptacular Semi-Finalist - Pilot The Hicksville Players
    Student Academy Award Nominee – Wianbu: Comfort Woman
    Cinekink Film Festival Participant – The Party
    Best Comedy Short – Ourstage.com - The Party