A few months ago, I had an epiphany. I had always believed that only writing made me come alive, and while I still find it deeply fulfilling, I’ve discovered that what I’m really passionate about is helping other people better their writing. The old adage says, “Those who can’t do, teach.” If anything, my new worldview has become, “Teach to help do.”
I’m an author and editor finally realizing that the instinct to edit has always been within me. I spent four years editing and syncing subtitles and closed captions for post-production companies well-known in the entertainment industry. My knowledge of Scandinavian cinema is unparalleled, but that job was basically all about editing—pointing out what doesn’t work, why it doesn’t work, and how to fix it. This was a skill I developed in screenwriting workshops in graduate school, but it's a necessary asset for any form of writing.
Talking about myself is challenging for me, as I am introverted and always in observation mode. Because of this, I am a great listener, and an even better reader of people. I can help you develop your voice. I can help you bring your personal narrative to light. I can completely blend into the wallpaper to help you express yourself in the best possible way.
For now, I’ll force myself to talk about myself. I was born in Barbados and raised in New York. I’ve lived in two countries and have lived in eight states, and because I’ve lived in so many places, I can adapt to almost anything and anyone. I enjoy karaoke, especially when the song list is all in Japanese. During winter months, I like to listen to and read about classic jazz. Both of my degrees are writing based—a BA in English and Creative Writing from Framingham State University, and an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. My thesis script was a TV pilot entitled A Little Pain, which was merited with distinction. Thanks to exclusively studying television for two years, I now strongly believe that there is an episode of The Sopranos that can teach every possible writing situation—ditto South Park! Consider me a chameleon that can figure out what works best for your writing and help you become the best writer you can possibly be.
Framingham State University - BA, English, Creative Writing concentration
University of Southern California - MFA with distinction, Writing for Screen and Television