My road in life has been direct.
Grew up Pacific Grove, California.
Was adopted at three weeks old.
When she was seven years old, her family’s TV broke and her parents decided not to replace it—she began reading up to 20 books a week, which she says sparked her love of writing and stories.
Attended UCLA, where she received her degree in film and television studies—was initially rejected from the film school, but she appealed the decision and was granted admission.
Got the opportunity to intern and apprentice as a writer on the television show “A Different World.”
After writing for television for over five years, she decided to take a year off and wrote the screenplay for “Love & Basketball.”
After having the script get turned down by every major studio she pitched it to, Sundance ended up taking on the project and gave her the resources to direct and develop the film.
She has also directed films such as “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Beyond the Lights” and recently directed the pilot episode of Marvel’s forthcoming superhero show, “Cloak & Dagger.”