A cold day in January, I was walking home from the Barclays center with my husband, crying about how much I hated my day job. I was working 9 to 5 as an interactive designer for a company that was totally archaic, feeling brought down by the doldrums of corporate culture, and frustrated with my career I wanted more with my life. At the time I was working on Feminist Wednesday, my feminist storytelling blog. I was finding real inspiration through the blog, interviewing and sharing women’s stories. But working on it after hours and in between my job wasn’t enough. My day job was suffocating me and I had to get out.
So walking home that cold winter night I decided to take the leap, quit my job, and launch myself into the total unknown. All I knew was that I wanted to work on uplifting and sharing women’s stories full time. What I didn’t know was that after that decision my life would change forever.
Sitting in my living room having coffee one unemployed morning after that big decision another light bulb went on, it said: “documentary: female entrepreneurs”.
I produced a 34 minute documentary in college my senior year and I always wanted to produce a feature length film. Because I had met so many female entrepreneurs through Feminist Wednesday I knew I could put that story together on film. I knew the initial struggle of wanting to do it yourself, and I always wanted to start my own company. So I put together a Kickstarter campaign with a trailer of the film I wanted to produce. That trailer, thanks to lots of coffee, networking events, meetings, and Marie Forleo raised over $100K.
Then things got really crazy.
Over the past three and a half years I hired an all-female crew, interviewed over a dozen entrepreneurs, pitched my first angel investor, edited my first feature length film and proudly premiered Dream, Girl on May 26th, 2016 at the White House.
Today I’m touring with the film, sharing my journey in a new Feminist Wednesday series called “A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie”, fundraising for the next film, and making sure that Dream, Girl is seen by women and girls globally.
The Girl With A Dream
Meet the feminist turned filmmaker
INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES:
PREVIOUS SPEAKING EVENTS:
January 12th, 2017 | Dream, Girl event with Joanne Wilson
November 16th-17 | Amarillo, Texas Dream, Girl Tour
November 1st, 2016 | Mayfair Dream, Girl screening with the First Lady of Canada Ms. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
October 13th, 206 | TIME Dream, Girl screening and Q&A following the film
October 1st | Bushwick Film Festival Dream, Girl screening and Q&A following the film
September 27th-September29th | Buffalo, NY Dream, Girl Tour
September 26th | VaynerMedia Dream, Girl screening and Q&A following the film
July 28th, 2016 | BroadMic Dream, Girl screening at LMHQ
June 9th, 2016 | Paris Theater Dream, Girl World Premiere and Q&A following the film
May 26th, 2016 | The White House screening of Dream, Girl and Q&A following the film
July 29th, 2015 | WeWork Founded By Women Panel Event
June 19, 2015 | Women’s Urban Retreat Presented by Lean In NYC: Dream
February 12-13, 2015 | 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker
February 4th, 2015 | David Lynch MA in Film Class: “How to Crush Your Kickstarter Campaign”
January 24th 2015 | Step Up: “I Dream To…” Mentoring Conference: How to Follow Your Dreams
November 10th, 2014 | Girl Develop It Leadership Summit: How Feminism Changed My Life
November 3, 2014 | NYC Lady Project 3×3 Speaker
September 27-28th, 2014 | Scaling Change Film Festival: How to Crowdfund your Film
September 25th, 2014 | HATCH Keynote Speaker: How to Crush Your Kickstarter Campaign
September 23rd, 2014 | Canisius College: The Power of Creating and Analyzing the Media
September 22nd, 2014 | Sacred Heart Academy of Buffalo: Following Your Heart and Making Media
September 10th. 2014 | Gilt Women in Tech Happy Hour: Meet Erin and the Dream, Girl film