I think the first time I really knew I wanted to get into communications I was around 5 years old. My uncle, cousins, little sister, and I used to dress up and produce short plays, and later, videos. We would spend entire afternoons taping the ridiculous stories that we came up with and then show them to anyone who would give us the time of day. I loved being able to watch something that I created with my little production team.
After losing my little sister to an anti-depressant induced psychosis at age 14, I discovered that communication was more than just entertainment. My family was featured on several news programs before we were approached by Robert Manciero, a director/ producer with Full Vision Productions, to participate in a documentary entitled, “Prescription: Suicide?” The documentary featured my family, along with five others, that had children affected negatively by antidepressants. “Uncle Bob,” as I now call him, came up with the idea for narrate and help write the script for the film. When “Prescription: Suicide?” went public, I saw that the film was helping people, educating them about the dangers of taking anti-depressants without being properly informed of the risks. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights awarded my mother and I with the Human Rights award in 2009. I am the youngest winner to date. I decided then that I wanted to be a journalist, the next Katie Couric, so that I could continue to educate and help people.
When I started at Rider University, so many doors were opened to me. I also gained a sense of independence and realized that I could not be an anchor because I would not wanted to report strictly what I was being told to report on, the way someone else wanted me to report it. I became fascinated with YouTube personalities such as Dave Days and Philip DeFranco, and knew that I wanted to be my own production team, director, and producer. My “life dream” has changed many times throughout the years, but I think I’ve settled back on documentary making. I want to educate and inform, but also entertain. I would love to one-day make a documentary about the Warped Tour Festival.
For now though, I’m still learning and ready to accept any challenge that comes my way. Enjoy the site, and feel free to contact me at any time.