Camera Operator / Field Producer-Director
I love what I do! Entertainment is my job and I've been fortunate to work on many exciting projects. I began working in video as a camera operator since 2001. I broke into television in 2005. My clients have been MTV, VH1, GSN, Food Network, BET, SpikeTV, etc... and I've worked as a Field Producer, Director and Camera Operator/DoP on popular MTV shows such as My Super Sweet 16 (3 seasons), Engaged and Underage, True Life and more. While my career has seen many iterations from days as an exhibiting artist and company dancer; I knew that my passion for storytelling and photography, would equate to working both, behind a lens and in front of it.
As a University of Southern California undergraduate, Itook my MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 2003. My personal video works have screened in New York at BAM, Engine 27, Remote Lounge, to outdoor screens in Manchester, London, and Chicago. They've also screened at Film Festival of Antwerp, DANSCAMDANSE International Festival, Vortice Argentina Festival and a few others...). My MFA thesis, "The Listening Pillow" garnered the recognition of being one of the "New Leonardos" in presentation of the New York Digital Salon 2003.
My first break came in the commercial industry in Hawai'i- assisting in casting, production and post-production at advertising/ marketing firms. Independently, I have expertise both, as a shooter and editor and I've worked on a diverse scope of projects. My first tv show was on VH-1's hidden camera show, Motormouth ; and since then, I've shot and interviewed everything from go-go dancers, beauty queens, teens, celebrities and athletes.
Shots of me working are rare. I tend to be the person behind the camera and obviously, much of what I shoot during work hours is for... well, work. Here's a little peek behind what I do:
A native of Hawaii, I live between New York City and Hawai'i and love that my work and time often allows the opportunity to experience different cultures and travel. Being hapa (aka mixed ethnicity) my appreciation for cultural diversity began at home. I can navigate cuisine via chopsticks, poi fingers and traditional western silverware!
I have an internal GPS, I speak fluent local Hawaiian pidgin and know enough "broken bits" of Spanish, French, Japanese & German to get me around. I have lived in Hawai'i, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York and most recently, South Korea.
I write my own travel blog (www. GrrrlTraveler.com) and my articles and photography has been published in Asia for Daegu Compass magazine and Daegu Pockets magazine, mentioned in The Korea Times and online publications.
I've had a love and natural talent for crafting narratives and concepts since childhood. I'd use any medium available to me. Eventually my creative strengths were dance, installation art to photography and video. As an dancer, I've been a Hawaii State Dance Council award recipient for choreography and I've staged performances at art venues and internationally. Overall, I'm a conceptual artist and communicating strong visual concepts is my golden penny.