Who: Member of Upright Citizens Brigade who co-wrote and starred in the long-running UCB shows Dumped and Nice Girls; won Best Scripted Digital Series at AFF for Guest Appearances.
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?
Putting up my most recent UCB show was a great experience, because I saw how I could improve jokes and find new jokes every time. That discovery of change started to feel more fun to me than it has in the past. I used to judge myself and my scripts for not being perfect right away, but now I realize that changes can be exciting and that there is always room for improvement.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write?
Something I am still writing, actually. It’s a dark comedy based on a really hard year for me in middle school. The challenge has been trying to figure out what to keep and what to scrap, because the world I’m creating is fiction but what inspired me to write it was my own experience. The key is figuring out what is absolutely essential to the story, and anything else has to go!
Who is your favorite screenwriter?
I admire Nancy Meyers for her ability to infuse her own wit, humor and heart into her stories. I always feel better and happier after watching one of her films. I took a quick photo with her at AFF and I could barely even open my eyes, I was so excited.
Every year AFF brings together writers and storytellers for eight days of programming and networking. At this year’s Screenwriters Conference, AFF and MovieMaker will present a “Screenwriters to Watch” panel featuring writers from this list. More information at austinfilmfestival.com (October 26 – November 2, 2017).
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This article appears in MovieMaker’s Spring 2017 issue.