I'm a journalist, producer, and screenwriter from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. I started writing when I was a little girl, while I grew up in the seminal 80's of L.A. which for me was new wave, heavy metal, punk, hip hop, backyard house parties with neighborhood DJ's and rappers, graffiti on the RTD and every where else, MTV, not getting shot at by gangs, skateboarding, Melrose, and Venice Beach. I left L.A. after high school and went on Grateful Dead tour, lived in Hawaii and Oregon, and after surviving the 90's (which felt like the 60's to me), I went to film school at Cal State University at Northridge. I worked in the CSUN art galleries, wrote for the school newspaper, and focused on cinematography and photography while I learned how to make films. After school, I worked briefly in photography assisting and at A&I Film's E6 lab, leaving to P.A. on my first film job, "Real Women Have Curves." Though I had no intention of becoming a producer, I cut my chops to pay my bills in reality TV with Authentic Entertainment and Pie Town Productions, and for the short-lived cult classic tech network G4. In a short time, I worked my way up and became the co-executive producer of BBC America's The Nerdist TV show, while using my hiatus' to work with Roger Gastman and R. Rock Enterprises which proved to be far more creative than that kind of TV. I wrote many essays for highly sought-after subculture books, co-authored L.A. graffiti legend RISK's biography, and wrote the groundbreaking exhibit PUMP ME UP: D.C. subcultures of the 1980's, which showed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in spring 2013. We put together WALL WRITERS, an epic tome about the origins of American graffiti, along with a companion documentary. In 2014, I wrote the ALMA AWARDS, which aired, on prime time MSNBC. I frequently contribute art & culture stories to LA Weekly, Juxtapoz Magazine, VICE, and Leafly, and write short stories and screenplays. I think all humans have a redemption story deep inside them and I'm interested in telling stories about our survival, resilience, and progress.
I spend my free time volunteering as a UC Master Gardener, which means I'm certified to teach organic gardening in the county of Los Angeles. I love good food! I'm a serious fan of honesty, transparency, integrity, love, and peace. Other things I adore are Momofuku, listening to records, the ocean, reading Joan Didion or Hunter S. Thompson, road trips, the original Star Wars trilogy, the movies Easy Rider, Big Wednesday, Airplane!, Platoon, and Raging Bull, Henry Rollins KCRW broadcast, Jonesy's Jukebox on KLOS, Baja, Mexico, and dancing to the good ol' fashioned Grateful Dead.