As a child, I used to build dolls out of napkins and pieces of string. It was my way of entertaining myself at the dinning table while I avoided eating. This is a true story, ask my mum.
Ever since then I have also been writing and drawing, and later when I was about nine or 10, I started making terrible indie movies with my Sony handycam, bossing around directing my friends in convoluted plots and pop-song-inspired choreographies. By the time I was 12, I was writing class plays loosely based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed, all while being a lead dancer at my school group and loving my pointe shoes (even if they made my feet bleed like I was in a freaking horror show.)
I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone when upon graduating high school, I decided to major in Filmmaking and Communications.
Life happened and I moved countries (again), so I ended up adding Visual Arts to my uni studies. After graduating from uni, I managed to land a job as a Writer’s Assistant, later moving on to become a proper Staff Writer on another TV show. While I was writing local television I was awarded a scholarship to go study Writing for Children in amazing London, and when London calls? You answer. DUH. (I also got to study Book Illustration and sip lots of tea during this stint. It was awesome!)
Some time passed, oceans were crossed, and I was finally headed to the American Film Institute! YAY! …Unfortunately, the plot twist in an otherwise-fairytale turned out to be that fate wasn’t on my side this time around. (P.S. The longer version of that story is a tale full of family drama and unexpected betrayal, but I’ll leave that for another day as this is getting long enough as it is.)
There was heartbreak and lots of soul-searching, but after a while I decided to become an independent artist and I kinda love the possibilities this offers (even if that sounds waaaaay more glamorous than it actually is and I’m still figuring many things out).
You can totes follow along as the adventure continues!
Yo hablo español / Eu falo português.
(And I’m also learning française and italiano.)