I began my career as an art consultant at sixteen-years-old, and by twenty, I owned my own art gallery. In my free time, I spent my summers traveling the world leading short-term mission trips. As one of the youngest directors, my projects focused on rebuilding homes, feeding the homeless, community theatre, educational programs, and teaching leadership in universities. This is where I began writing content for all of those programs: I wrote everything from plays to be performed in small jungle villages to leadership manuals.
By twenty-six-years-old, I had accomplished a lot, but more than anything I wanted to attend University. I am someone who places a high value on the power of education but achieving my goal of gaining one seemed nearly impossible at the time. At that age, I had only graduated the sixth-grade. More, my entire past was an incredibly painful secret which I held onto until I was nearly thirty-years-old.
Nevertheless, with a sixth-grade education at twenty-six, I enrolled in high-school online, and by twenty-seven I began attending a community college. I then matriculated into the University of San Diego and then shortly thereafter I transferred to the University of California, San Diego to be a part of their premedical neuroscience program.
Soon after, I was officially diagnosed with a rare hearing disorder. The diagnosis broke my heart, but I continued working toward my goal. I received full disability accommodations for my hearing impairment during my time at UCSD, but when I began doing clinical work with the United Nations and World Health Organization in the Middle East, I was on my own. It was then that I realized mishearing orders in a hospital setting was much different than doing so in a classroom.
When I left the Middle East, I studied human cognition at the University of Edinburgh for four months. It was a time of great tribulation in my life because I knew I needed to let go of my dream of becoming a doctor. However, this very dark time in my life became the inciting agent behind finally opening up to my friends and extended family about my life. Doing so forced me to face emotions I had never explored before, so I started writing about it. It was through that experience that I discovered my love of writing. At the end of my semester, I traveled home, and even though I had less than a year left to complete my premedical studies, I changed my major to Theatre and began to focus solely on writing.
In 2014, I received my Bachelor’s Degree with honors, summa cum laude, and was a Phi Beta Kappa honoree from the University of California, San Diego. After graduation, I took a year to create a body of work that spans more than thirty pieces; all of which focus on complex social issues. In the majority of my work, I place a great deal of importance on writing scripts where strong female protagonists are central. More than anything, my goal in writing is to show others that indeed, the human spirit can overcome anything.