resume

EDUCATION
BS Mass Communications; Certificate (Public & Social Affairs), Utah State University

EXPERIENCE

Screenwriter, Talent Scout, PA, Boom Op, PR, Before Your Time | May 2015-Oct. 2017

• After the loss of their mother, 17-year-old Dylan, his two sisters, and father are forced to move back to the small town where their parents met and grew up. While getting back on their feet, the family stays with their eccentric Aunt Norah and tries to adjust to a new life. They meet a quirky neighborhood kid, Pete, who convinces them to embark on a bucket list-type adventure inspired by a list found in their Dad’s high school storage boxes. The task is not as easy as it seems and ultimately teaches everyone about managing grief, moving forward, and the importance of family.

• “Before Your Time” played in every Megaplex theater

• Helped with setup many times, including during a storm

• Was a boom op until nearly midnight

• Earned coverage in four articles

• Internal communication to actors to ensure their attendance for scenes

Script Reader, Utah Film Writers, contract | Oct. 2018-present

• This work has included paid work

Set Production Assistant, The Ali’i King (short film) | Aug. 2022

• Assisted the 1st Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager in a variety of ways

Office Production Assistant, Boom Op, Love Spell (short film) | June 2018

• Ensured that all cast and crew signed non-disclosure agreements

Health & Safety Monitor, The Last Police (pilot) | Sept.-Oct. 2021

• Made sure that crew, accountants were complying with COVID-19 safety requirements

Principal, Flacks PR | Oct. 2016-present

• Earned coverage by media including CBS News, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Yahoo! News (2X), MSN (2X), Chicago Tribune (2X), Dallas Morning News (2X), Washington Times (2X), Pew, Los Angeles Downtown News, WFLD Chicago, WGN Chicago, and KRLD Dallas

• Publicized Sony Pictures Television; two Silicon Valley companies; two Broadway composers, an Instagram influencer; the world’s leading advocate for a democratic, non-nuclear Iran; members of Ukraine’s parliament and a former spokeswoman for Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy during Russia’s invasion of its country; several current and former senators, including a Senate committee chair; a former vice president; a former major-party vice presidential candidate; a former U.S. national security advisor; the best technology law firm in the U.S. for five of the past seven years, according to a magazine; a nationally renowned martial artist; a grassroots initiative that achieved voter reform; a man whose work was part of an initiative that won a Nobel Peace Prize; a business that has allowed flutists to play their instrument in the wind for the first time in history; and Microsoft

• Earned placement in Los Angeles Downtown News for LA restaurateurs

• Earned coverage in two Middle East publications for a man whose work was part of an initiative that won a Nobel Peace Prize

• Earned placement of a draft article in Utah Stories, other publications for healthcare expansion advocate

• Earned coverage in media including The Crime Report, GCN for initiative to help the still-innocent vote

• Earned coverage of the tech law firm in media including ChannelE2E, TechTarget, E-Channelnews

• Earned three podcast placements, including The Chris Voss Show, for an author in 1.5 months

• Earned coverage by multiple Salt Lake City media outlets for first Utah transgender mayoral candidate

• Successfully placed a professor’s op-ed in the overseas national publication The Star

• Got three camera crews and a print media pickup to an affordable housing groundbreaking

• Earned two podcast interviews for another author

• Earned placement in eShe Magazine for an artist & publisher

• Earned coverage for a Bay Area entrepreneur

• Wrote press releases that were picked up or resulted in stories in Yahoo! News, Nasdaq, Digital Journal, Make, Broadway World, KMOV, Sauce Magazine, Feast Magazine, and the Riverfront Times

• Wrote a press release for a man who opposed the 2016 GOP nomination of Donald Trump

• Did content marketing for a Nashville singer; exclusively wrote about an academic finding that the U.S. media’s legal standing may be on “shaky ground”; did copywriting for a law firm that fights for consumers

Communications & Development Intern, Vote Smart | Jan.-April 2014

• Worked with communications team on media requests

Signature Gathering Contractor, Count My Vote | Dec. 2013

• Earned John Hancocks in most conservative city in America for caucus reform initiative

Communications Intern, Governor’s Office | Sept. 2012-Jan. 2013

• Wrote 18 speeches for a former governor

• Fiscal cliff report used in meeting with former President Barack Obama

House of Representatives Intern, U.S. Congress | May-Aug. 2012

• Found out that an activist group was targeting the wrong congressman and informed the chief of staff so he could take action

• Wrote letters to constituents; gave U.S. Capitol tours         

Author, Thought Catalog Books | March 2017-July 2019

• Wrote Star Wars Is Still Intact: Re-finding Yourself in the Age of Trump, which is about Trump, Star Wars, the LDS church, Thanksgiving history, identity, and more

ACHIEVEMENTS & VOLUNTEERISM: Trainee in Grip & Electric workshop from Utah Film Commission; 13 awards over 5 years of applying for them; featured in two media outlets; USU women’s basketball team scout player; NGA media team member; THRIVE leader; Braver Angels volunteer