Costume Designer, Shrine (Sony/Screengems)
What do you love about your work?
I love being able to delve into different characters and imagine how they would present themselves and dress. I enjoy creating my own backstories that help inspire the type of wardrobe they wear. Collaborating with other artists such as the directory, DP, and production designers is another enjoyment of mine. It’s always interesting to see other creative perspectives behind the world we’re creating, and it’s such a joy to see it all come to life. I love that my work is always changing with new projects, people, and surroundings. I’ve never been one to like repetition or routine so I greatly appreciate the constant change my work entails.
What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?
In 2020 I would really like to gain more momentum in my career. Design jobs are hard to come by as companies typically hire outside of Massachusetts despite the fact that there are many talented, qualified designers that are local. I’d love to see all of the local female filmmakers get more of the creative department head positions.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
As a single mother I would love for people in hiring positions in the film industry to change their perspective and start to support working mothers. There have been times when I have questioned my ability to land certain jobs based on the fact that I have a child. It is a very unfortunate thought to have cross your mind but I fear that there is some bias that exists in an industry where hours are long and most people opt to not have children.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
The road is long and hard but completely worth the journey if this is what you’re really passionate about. When I look back on my career and how it began I can’t help but be amazed at my progress despite all of the hardships. You are stronger than you think and give yourself credit for. There will be times when you feel you’ve hit rock bottom and want to give up but you need to recognize those situations as part of your journey. There were several times where I just had to go and get a regular job. One of those occasions led me to work as a tailor at Nordstrom. I met the most amazing women during my time there. These women were all from different countries with different outlooks on life and they all had different sewing tips to teach me. Had I not worked there, I wouldn’t have gained the knowledge they gave me. This knowledge has helped me immensely in the film industry and I am forever grateful for all that they have taught me, including how to remain open minded.
Which women in the New England region inspire you?
Andrea Ajemian, Deb Newhall, Debbie Holbrook, and Virginia Johnson. These women all work in the film industry and they are all killing it in their careers!
What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?
Defending Jacob, I can’t wait to see the results of all our hard work. It was a long job and everyone got so close during the process. It was also a period of my life where I was in the middle of a life changing transition and I appreciate the close friends that I had supporting me in my time of need. It was the most fun I had working on set despite the job itself being very hard on everyone.
Attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them.
Sadly none of us will be able to attend any events for a while but I look forward to the day where we can start to get things back to normal. I believe we will all come out of this with a greater appreciation for the lifestyle we are able to have in America and a kinder attitude towards the people who make up our great country.
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