The goals and dreams...
I grew up in St. Louis, MO before relocating to Savannah, GA to pursue a BFA in Production Design with a concentration in Costume Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. I have always felt at home with a pair of shears in my hand but I have recently fallen in love with the wardrobe aspect of costuming. While I enjoy the thrill of working on stage, my real passion is being a set costumer on film and television sets.
During my Junior year, I secured a job as a costumer at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, a summer camp that successfully stages 31 separate productions in only 9 weeks. This unique opportunity allowed me to design and build costumes before running wardrobe backstage. I am very proud to have been invited back to Long Lake as the Costume Shop Assistant for their 2014 summer season.
I took the first step towards the professional film industry in October 2014 when I accepted a position as Wardrobe Intern on AMC's The Walking Dead Season 5. After six weeks, I was brought on as a Production Assistant for the wardrobe department. After that break into the industry, I have felt the terror and exhiliration of not having a job for two weeks and then being booked back to back. While it is stressful, that is where I find my motivation to keep busy and pursue every opportunity that comes my way.
In addition to my class schedule, I worked in the SCAD costume shop where I was responsible for delegating tasks to other volunteers, assisting with fittings and alterations, as well as overseeing the organization and laundry of the costumes, fabrics and related supplies. I also held a part time position as a Student Ambassador of the University, a program that cultivates professional development skills as well as networking abilities. My greatest achievement thus far has been winning the Ovation Award for Outstanding Costume Design at SCAD for the 2013-2014 season for Machinal.
At the end of the day, my career goal is to inspire the next generation of creative individuals to follow their dreams and never lose sight of their passion.
A brief synopsis...
To keep it short and simple, my goal in the entertainment industry is to work in the wardrobe department as an On Set Costumer. But throughout my journey to achieve that job, I have learned about the key crew roles and responsibilities that everyone should know before landing their dream career. I am currently exploring the Production Assistant and Art Intern roles and learning just how much they contribute to a production.
I have been a Wardrobe Intern and PA for The Walking Dead – Season 5 as well as the Lead PA for the pilot episode of Recall. While those two positions are vastly different, they have both taught me how to handle paperwork, coral extras, wrap out productions, and lend a hand to someone who needs it.
When I was brought on for a commercial with WXIA TV as their Wardrobe PA, I was able to witness the even faster pace of the entertainment industry. Actors were coming and going, in and out of costume, sometimes into multiple costumes that required a keen eye to all of the details. Buttons were flying off, patches were being sewn on, and everyone was able to stay in a great mood. And when I was the First AD for the action short, From the Shadows, I was given a new perspective on keeping to the schedule and trying to control the uncontrollable.
My home is still the Art Department and that is where I thrive; I have experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign and I am competent with Microsoft Word and Excel. Finally, I have handled receipts and p-card envelopes and can work a copy machine like no other. I currently live in Atlanta, GA as a non-Union member and have a very reliable car with plenty of trunk space to carry garment bags/shopping bags to and from set.