Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
A graduate degree will allow me the opportunity to hone my filmmaking skills under supervision and with direction. It also will allow me to teach at the university level after I graduate—something I really look forward to.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I did my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was anxious to come back to Vancouver, since I love it so much. The film MFA here had been highly recommended to me by my SFU professors.
What do you hope to accomplish with your research?
Honestly, I hope my film is entertaining to others. It's mostly for my own personal learning experience, but if other people watch it and enjoy it, that's all I can ask for.
What are your future career goals?
I hope to balance my time between working professionally in the film industry and teaching film production and writing to others to pass on what I have learned.
What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?
It's hard to say. My first year of grad school will be my 7th year living in Vancouver, so I have many, many memories of this city that will stay with me forever.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
State Farm insurance is the only American company I've been able to find that will cover your car in Canada. It took me months of calling auto insurers to find that out.
Personal Interests / Hobbies
I'm an avid fan of almost all sports (looking forward to volunteering at the Olympics); I also enjoy food, travel, and arts and crafts such as knitting. Also love movies and TV and music.