I am a children's media writer, audio producer and sound engineer. I've made it a career goal to spread kindness by emphasizing emotional intelligence and acceptance in the writing I do. I like to say that I'm not book-smart or street-smart; I am heart-smart. I have experience writing, assembling and editing children’s audio and youth fiction, including sound design and mixing. I'm a trained field reporter, tape sync and interview editor.
I love this work and will continue creating inclusive, positive, and kind children’s media with all the energy I’ve got. It is a privilege to be able to create children's media, and one that I do not take lightly. As writers and content producers we have a responsibility to create art that makes people better. We have a responsibility to promote kindness and foster empathy, especially now when the world can seem like a divisive and often scary place. And we have the responsibility to make sure all kids can see themselves represented in our work.
I’ve learned how important inclusion and representation can be through my work on Girl Tales, a feminist fairytale podcast made so that every type of girl can hear themselves at the center of a story. Inclusion and representation are two guiding principals in the work that I do. I am also very aware of how important it is to avoid appropriation and tokenization in my desire to create diverse and inclusive content, and have made it a point to learn how to work with writing consultants, sensitivity readers and actors from the communities represented in my characters and work.
I am queer, and was once asked who my gay idols were growing up. I had none, and not seeing or hearing from anyone who was like me had a huge impact on the decisions I made about myself for years to come. While my desire to include queer and non-binary characters in my work is important, it's been more important to use this self discovery to empower inclusive work beyond my various intersecting identities.
Providing opportunity for every child to see themselves in the media they consume is a major driving factor that motivates and inspires me. When kids consume media they are constantly looking for a reflection of themselves; representation is a way to tell a child that they are valid.
I'm also, just like, very punny.