Who: Writer-director of Troublemaker, which premiered at Cinequest in 2011. Finalist for ABC/Disney Directing Fellowship in 2012, Academy Nicholl Fellow in Screenwriting and AFF Comedy Screenplay winner.
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?
Gone are the days of waiting for that inspirational moment to strike. I have kids, and time management is vital. Writing is work, and it’s a job, and it’s the best job in the world.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write?
A scene, between two characters, that was drawn from my own life. It was hard to be honest in that scene, both with myself and for my characters, because it was a painful memory. I’d either get overly emotional, or I’d try to joke my way out of it. I started and stopped many, many times, and finally just let myself over-write it in order to get to the core of what the scene was really about. I was able to edit it down from there. It ended up being a very cathartic experience!
What was a major turning point in your career?
Winning the Austin Film Festival Comedy Screenplay Award and the Nicholl Fellowship last year for my feature script, Dinner With Friends! Those two things really helped get me out into the industry.