A child of the 80s, I was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota until my family packed up and moved to Seoul, South Korea. While I’m not a military brat (my dad worked for 3M), I did get bit hard by the travel bug at my international primary school. When we moved back to the United States we settled in Minnesota, just north of the Twin Cities.
I stayed put until college, when I packed up and studied Contemporary Dance at the Academy of Arts, QUT in Brisbane, Australia. A brief stint at BrentStreet performing arts school in Sydney led me to their sister school London Studio Centre, Middlesex University, where I attained a BA Hons. in Theatre Dance (Musical Theatre).
While going through one West End audition after another (resulting in an Off-West End play) I started to act in student shorts and indie films. What started as me doing my own make-up and costuming led to casting and eventually producing.
When I moved to New York I founded the production company ALM Talkies and produced, directed, wrote and edited the reality thriller Dirty Step Upstage. The feature appeared in international festivals and picked up some awards including Best of Show: Feature Film at The Accolade Competition, Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival and Best Drama at Amsterdam Film Festival.
I pivoted to short form content for fashion and lifestyle brands with my storytelling studio Noir Tribe Media, co-founded with my husband Luis Barreto Carrillo. The first Noir Tribe campaign for French designer CLIFFLEE told an abstract story of one of the most riveting chess matches in history, Immortal Game. The short film was nominated for three International Fashion Film Awards and won Best Creative Concept and Best Art Direction at the Miami Fashion Film Festival.
Together our films have appeared on Vogue Mexico, ELLE Mexico, Harper’s Bazaar Bulgaria, NYLON Español and more. Clients include The Museum at FIT, Alon Livne, Queen of the Night, Polite, Saunder, Hernan Lander and Ricardo Seco, with whom we created the short fashion documentary Peyote Dreams, which went on to win Best Documentary at the International Fashion Film Awards and the Miami Fashion Film Festival. We are currently developing an ethical fashion documentary series with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative called Ethetics.