1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I am from the mountains in North Carolina and everyone is always so surprised when they meet me and hear my accent and figure out I’m from the south. My hidden talent is that I can set up an 8 person tent in the dark in under 30 minutes. I have so many mountain tricks up my sleeve.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My biggest passion is fostering the love I create with other people. My hobbies include driving around Portland getting lost with my friends, hiking in the Appalachian mountains with my childhood pals, and watching Jeopardy with my grandparents. I also play tennis, but at the end of the day tennis won’t be my family.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I’m a first year at Reed and I plan on going to an Ivy League for graduate school. I know I want to do activism in my career. I’m just not sure if it’s going to manifest in my art and/or in my academics yet. I want to be able to look back and be proud of how I grew into the person I am excited to become.
4. What is your definition of success?
To be able to create a space where I can be holistically fulfilled. Not only do I want to be thriving artistically, but intellectually, socially, and physically. I figure I can be successful anywhere if I just carve out enough room for me to grow.
5. Tell us something about the project you're currently working on.
For the past couple months I have been debating what my next short film should be. I am torn between something less heavy, a coming of age story, if you will. Or what it’s like to be black in an academically traditional institution. I have a storyboard for both of them and when I get back in January I hope to start filming. I am just excited to be back behind the camera. It’s just a different expression of art I haven’t gotten to experience on the west coast yet.