How did you know this was the right path for you?
I don’t really know. But it feels right. I wake up excited to do my work and I feel so lucky to collaborate with the people I do. I like to think our paths have chapters. I like to think there is a job or a project that I currently know nothing about that will one day become my everything.
Do you believe we’re ever really ‘ready’ to do something? How do we start when we’re stuck?
I never feel ‘ready’, but it’s those stabs in the dark when you stumble across something good. When I am stuck I often go do something completely unrelated, to allow my ideas to incubate. My work can often get so conceptual in the lead up to shooting. So I find doing something physical helps me move through the wall I keep hitting. This could be drawing, surfing or recently I spun my first clay pot!
Doing courageous things requires losing our excuses. What excuses did you have to get rid of to get to where you are now?
Ever since I was a child I would make the most ridiculous excuses. I can argue myself out of anything. Useful when I am acting but not very useful for daily life. I stop making excuses when I realize how much energy I am wasting making them.
What have been your biggest challenges so far, and how have you overcome them?
Things can go wrong all the time when you’re shooting. When this occurs my immediate reaction can be to run, but as the director that would not be advised. This is when having a great team has saved me. Surround yourself with people who are as dedicated as you are.
From the outside it looks like you’ve made it—but what are some of the things that you still feel insecure about? That you haven’t quite nailed yet?
I hope there is always an element of my work that I am insecure about. I think as an artist it’s important to be vulnerable. I make films so I can explore the human condition and no one in life that you really want to be friends with has ‘nailed it’.
What are the things you’re super proud of?
My work, my friendships.
I am proud and grateful for the inspiring community I am surrounded by. I have been realizing that loyalty is very important to me. I am proud of the loyalty I show to others.
How do you motivate yourself on the tough days? What keeps you moving forward?
I can often spend a lot of time at my desk. A lot more than I ever thought I would as a director. When I am feeling low I just imagine myself on set directing and being with my cast and crew and that picks me up. If that does’t work I step away and watch a film or read a book.
Regardless of how busy you get, what are your non-negotiables?
Sleep, the ocean, watching films, conversations and meditation.
What advice would you have given yourself at the beginning of your journey?
Be present and find joy in the everyday moments.
What advice do you have for other moonshot women?
Learn by doing. I constantly catch myself talking about the things I want to do or the films I want to make. Just make it! What’s the worst that can happen? Value your abilities and realize and explore your weaknesses.