Aligning with the theme for International Women's Day 2021, what do you #ChooseToChallenge this upcoming year?
I am challenging the binary and the systems of oppression which keep BIPOC folks marginalized. I am no longer dealing with patriarchal, white supremist ideologies and systems. I am challenging it all and empowering others to do the same because where there are people, there is power. My main hope is that the collective remembers their innate power and remember that it isn’t Hollywood or these systems which create the trend or the culture, it is us.
How has the support of women in the entertainment industry assisted you to where you are today?
Two of the women who have really assisted me throughout my career are the actress Halle Berry and the studio executive Adrienne Bowles. They have really nurtured me during my journey of becoming who I am today: I started out as an assistant, then became an associate producer, then producer and am now a filmmaker. Both of those women have cared for me and provided a safety net for me in the moments when I needed them the most, like when I doubted myself or when I forgot my worth. They both, in their own beautiful ways, reminded me of my innate power, reminded me that I have community, and reminded me that no matter what, anything I put my mind to is possible.
What would you say to the girls who look up to you and aspire to achieve what you have and to break barriers?
I would tell them what my mother told me, which is “The only goal you cannot accomplish is the one you don’t go after.” They should follow their curiosity! Also, being in this industry comes with a lot of rejection at times. Sit with the disappointment and use that rejection as a redirection in how they go about pursuing their career.