Who: Actress who branched out to writing and producing with her feature Blood Stripe (2016); currently co-writing and co-producing a limited series titled Lemon Shark.
How did you break in or get your start in screenwriting?
In 2007, I was the victim of a violent attack, and was introduced to the world of criminal defense in New York City. I had a friend who worked as a public defender in the Bronx who helped me navigate my way through my case. After that experience, I felt compelled to write a story representing the other side of the story. I needed to understand the other side—the side of the perpetrator—in order to get perspective and move forward. That became the script for The Boogie Down, the first thing I ever co-wrote, with my husband and my public defender friend.
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?
Don’t wait. What doesn’t come wasn’t meant for you. Give yourself the job you’ve always wanted. Abandon perfection—you’ll get a lot more done.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write?
I think loglines are hard to write. Encapsulating what an entire thing is about in one or two sentences is deceptively difficult.