WHAT DO YOU DO?
I utilize my wide range of technical skills and storytelling techniques to splice together visually engaging stories.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
I've always had a strong appreciation for design and musical performance and similar to design and music, video uses both technical skills and emotional perspective, which made it a natural fit for me.
I became an assistant on various stage audio and visual teams as a teenager and made my way into the film program at the University of Texas at Austin. I simultaneously worked part time as an assistant editor for online education courses and built a small video and arts production company called Temper. Through these endeavors, I dipped a toe in every area of production and realized my strength was in editing.
Then, I moved to New York four years ago and became an editor at Refinery29 cutting lifestyle and beauty content. After that, I worked as a one-stop-shop video producer, shooter, and editor at Zola for several marketing campaigns, and currently, I’m cutting news and political content for theSkimm. I’ve also worked on a handful of one-off projects for artists, musicians, and various brands in between.
HOW DO YOU STAND OUT IN YOUR FIELD?
I am incredibly organized and technical, but can effectively tap into my emotions and empathize with the story, the subject, the viewer, and fellow collaborators.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I’m working on news/political short-docs and explainers while also developing a visually abstract series that explores time and space.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
On a personal level, I truly adore this film by Claudia Barral and I’m developing a series through early, stripped down experiments that were loosely inspired by it. Overall, I love to tell the stories of people with a candid edge using innovative and modern visuals.
WE ALL HAVE MULTIPLE SKILLS OR WORK IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD FOCUS ON MORE?
I have a passionate eye for design and motion graphics and although I regularly work with graphics, I’d love to bring this closer to the forefront of my work and build out designs from scratch. Outside of the digital world, I’d love to design and build more tangible objects such as furniture and pottery.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Finding projects to work on that reflect my personal taste and perspective.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
I would hire an assistant editor to prepare projects, finalize exports, and assist on a lot of the smaller things that add up.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
When I started a small production company in college, I approached it too aggressively and I would tell myself then to have more patience with myself and my co-partner. There was a lot of potential and I wish I had dedicated a bit more thought to it before leaving it behind.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
I would definitely love to talk to more senior freelance editors and learn about how they navigate the balance of work and life.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I’m looking for any and all interviews, explainers, short-documentaries, and marketing content.
In addition to that though, I’d love to work on new ways to tell a story through abstract documentaries, video art, and music videos.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
I’d love to work with someone with who is organized, gives direct feedback, and cares about people.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
$500/day is my foundational standard for an edit, audio mixing, color, and final deliverables. However, this depends on a number of factors (length, number of revisions, deadline, script, unscripted, etc.). Ideally though, I'd love to have a conversation with the collaborator to discuss an appropriate rate based on the project.
WHO IS A CREATIVE THAT HAS HELPED YOU ELEVATE YOUR WORK?
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
Email me with a brief on your project that includes the budget, concept, and timeline and then I’d love to chat it out with you!
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
I meditate in different environments alone.
This member profile was originally published in June 2019.