28 / Motion Designer / Brooklyn, NY
What are your thoughts on CA vs NY?
I spent the first 26 years of my life in CA, so it'll always be special to me, but I felt like I needed to experience the east coast and the different perspectives it might offer.
Both have their own personalities and taught me different things so far. Living in LA and SF gave me a lot of great experiences at a young age that will probably shape a good chunk of my future career/life. NY feels like a place where I have opportunities to explore and try new things and grow up a little more. I don't know that I'll stay here forever (NY summers kill me) and can see myself trying somewhere completely new in the future, but right now I'm still in love with the city and get a little giddy when I walk outside and see an iconic building in the distance.
How old were you when you first watched the original Star Wars Trilogy?
The earliest I can remember watching Star Wars was at eight years old when my mom took me to see a special 20th anniversary screening of Empire Strikes Back. Seeing it on the big screen at that age had a lasting impression. From there on I was hooked.
It's been great growing up with the series, with major releases happening fairly consistently throughout my life. When the lesser liked prequels were released I was in my my very early teens so watching Hayden Christensen play a moody young Padawan and the overuse of "Green Screen" didn't really bother me as much as it does today.
With the latest trilogy and anthology films, I'm at an age where I can respect the level of production and appreciation for practical effects that's been going into them. It's an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!
Are you looking forward to The Last Jedi?
For sure! I've been drooling over the footage that has been released so far and I'm excited to see how the new trilogy deals with a potentially darker second film. There's a lot hanging on this episode and its setting itself up to make some big reveals and answer a lot of questions.
How did it feel being on the other side of the camera for a change?
It wasn't bad! I've always been a little shy and I think that's why I've gravitated to being behind the camera and more involved in production. Even with all of the potentially crazy things the internet and social media are doing to society, I love that an added benefit is allowing for smaller communities to create and share content that is tailored to their interests, so I'm flattered to be involved.
Where are your favorite places to buy clothes?
One shop that I really love happens to be one I can rarely go to, GoodHood in London. They've got a great collection of clothes and accessories and I feel like I generally pick up something there that I normally wouldn't have if I were shopping online. Since I'm generally never in London, the internet is a great place and I love shops like Très Bien for a solid selection, or eBay if I'm looking for something specific that might not be for sale in regular stores anymore.