How would you describe what you do?
I always say that my work deals with colour, composition and human-centric themes. A lot of my work stems from my identity; as a mixed-race person, I am often working with POC and with these clients I try to focus on beautifying the diversity of cultures. I really love the relationships between family members, friends and colleagues and telling their stories – ones that they might not think people even want to hear, but we do! I usually work for commercial clients: fashion, music and editorial, and I have a big hand in the casting, which is one of my favourite parts.
What does a typical working day look like and where does it happen?
If I’m shooting, then my day just revolves around my call sheet. I’ll prepare everything the night before a shoot so I can just get up and go in the morning. If I’m not shooting, I usually spend the day at my local coffee shop working on treatments, editing, or researching. I’ll take a few breaks to walk my dog, Snacks. I’ve started not forcing myself to be creative in those moments, instead spending time watching old films or being outside. I’m learning the way the creative side of my brain works and how to listen to it when it’s ready to make something good.
What are the most and least enjoyable parts of your job?
It’s hard to choose my favourite part. Being on set is always amazing, especially with good company and banter, but I love pre-production and watching your vision come to life bit-by-bit. The best part is probably the wrap when you’ve finished making this thing and you’ve gotten to know the crew – I love that. The worst part is when you’re not working and not winning projects, but then those moments don’t feel so bad once you’re hired for something else.