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What do you do and why do you do it?
Here in New Orleans, I work as a Coordinator and Producers Assistant for Feature Films and Network Television that come and film in the state of Louisiana. I've always had an affinity for the performing arts and grew up performing in professional children's theaters across the US. I loved performing but I decided to seek a career with more stability and creative control on a finished product. After attending Film School, I knew that I wanted to take the route of producing and work more on the business side of the film world. I'm incredibly lucky to wake up every morning and work my dream job in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I have a love/hate relationship with the service industry. I've had some amazing times bar tending in the French Quarter in between film gigs and other times, not so much.
Were you born and raised in New Orleans? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New Orleans?
I grew up in a military family which had me bouncing around city to city from an early age. Growing up all over the world left me with a voracious desire to seek out the new and unexplored, soliciting change and the unfamiliar at every chance I get. Somehow New Orleans feeds into that side of me and never quite leaves me satiated. I ended up in New Orleans because of it's thriving film and art scene and I'm so honored to be an integral part of it. New Orleans is the city I've lived in the longest amount of time in my life, so therefore I call it home.
What’s your current hood in New Orleans and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I love living in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. I'm in walking distance to pretty much everything and more. I've got local bars, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, yoga studios, and so much more just readily available. It's such a beautiful neighborhood with big beautiful satsuma and magnolia trees decorating the streets. The best part about my neighborhood also happens to be the worst part about it. During the month long marathon that is known as Carnival Season, or popularly known as Mardi Gras, I'm centered right in the middle of the chaos that the parades bring to the city.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
You can definitely find me down in the Marigny catching live brass bands or maybe a killer DJ set at Poor Boys Bar or Hi Ho Lounge throughout the week. However, you'll never catch me at Siberia for a punk or metal show. They bring in some serious talent but it's not my scene. Black isn't my color.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Anything from Chet Faker, 6lack, Sufjan Stevens, or Flume.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Currently I find VEEP, Broad City, and Insecure to be a few of the best female centric television shows ever made. It shows how dimensional and unique women are all in a very clever, nuanced, and humorous fashion.
Name some spots in New Orleans that are good for a Tinder date.
It really depends on the vibe you are going for. Something romantic and allows for conversation? Try Bacchanal, St. Joes, Bayou Wine Garden or Treo. Looking to post up at a dive bar and get into trouble? Try Bud Rips, Cosimo's, or Sidneys Saloon!
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I mean, if we're talking about roasting on a spit, that would have to be Donald Trump of course. If we're talking about the playful version, I'd have to go with Lady Gaga.
Who’s your hero and where in New Orleans would you take them out for a serious hang?
I've always been a huge fan of Jenny Lewis. I'd probably take her on a bike tour through the Bywater. First stop would be at the Music Box Village then we'd go stopping for drinks and food along the way over to Kajuns for Karaoke.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
My closet quite literally filled to the brim with colorful vintage and thrifted clothes. I really try to shop around for unique and one of a kind pieces. If I'm not scouring the local vintage curator's collections or digging through Etsy, I really like a few local boutiques that are locally owned and operated such as Grandmother's Buttons and Trashy Diva. I also love some online shopping at ASOS, Zara, Reformation, and Anthropologie.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love City Park and the Bayou St. John that surrounds it but it's a little bit out of the way and quiet for my tastes.
Where do you go in New Orleans for a casual night out?
There's no such thing as a casual night in New Orleans. It's one of the most overstimulating cities you can visit in my opinion. However, if I'm looking for a more laid back approach to a night out, there are plenty of fantastic wine gardens and breweries to enjoy who often host crawfish boils or local jazz bands throughout the week.
Where would you go in New Orleans to celebrate some freaking good news?
Good News? This calls for some dancing! Well, so does bad news, but hey, I won't hear anyone complaining one way or the other.
What’s your choice of transportation in New Orleans and why?
I have a car but on the weekends I try not to drive it. It's usually nice out so there is plenty of room for walking and riding my bike. The streetcar is often a fun way to get downtown during the day but at night I typically call an Uber or Lyft,
What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Frenchman Street and Kajuns Pub for Karaoke!
Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?
I'd spend it day drinking in the quarter, catching live music, and ending the night with some Karaoke at Kajuns surrounded by all my favorite people.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Mexico City was incredible. I'm an avid solo traveler and had the most incredible experience there. Just like New Orleans natives, the people of Mexico City were the most welcoming and easy going people I'd ever met. I was lucky enough to make friends while out and about and was taken to some of the most wild parties with the most incredible humans from all over the world in one place. It's a thriving and colorful metropolis that should absolutely be experienced by all.