channel your
story to
activate your
We all take different paths to learn our craft so you may have the odd gap in information, or pressure to be further along than you are...but in this course, we work from where you are today.

Whether I’m guiding you through your first steps of telling your story or helping you elevate your skills, I provide a structured process in a shame-free, inquisitive, and open-minded environment so you can focus your energy on what matters most...expressing your story.
a transformative storytelling approach
Find Your Story
  • Study 9 archetypal story arcs using Enneagram
  • Analyze films and tv to elevate your technique
  • Create a 24 beat story outline of your own original story
Fictionalize Your Story
  • Learn research techniques to give your story a believable fictional setting
  • Analyze design and symbols to develop a look and feel
  • Create visual subtext through major locations, props, & character concepts
AUG - NOV 2023
Rewrite Your Narrative
  • Leverage your story to create strategies that empower your life and work
  • Reverse engineer successful presentations to elevate your approach
  • Create a custom sustainable process to encourage flow state
JAN - MAR 2024
As an educator for entertainment industry students and professionals, I found and filled a void in story & design education. I gathered a team to create a book, co-taught History of Fashion at Art Center College of Design, and created mentorships to break down story, design, and worldbuilding questions to empower the goals behind each project.

Now I'm sharing my techniques, strategies, and templates to help you identify a void and use your story to make real impact on your life.

“Talking Threads is a costume designer’s treasure chest, an overflowing trove of precious information, golden rules, and pearls of wisdom.’”
IAIN MCCAIG (Star Wars Artist)

find your story
Transform personal experiences into authentic thematic arcs and believable fictional worlds. Using Dan Harmon's Story Circle (based on the Hero’s Journey) and Enneagram as a guide, we will refine your ability to form clear character’s arcs, and build a strong relationship between characters and their world.
By the end of the mentorship, you will have created:
Along the way you will learn
You may have grown up with limited may be a chronic overthinker...or you may just feel like you aren’t interesting enough to have a story to tell.

I can relate.
And I can guide you through the process that finally helped me overcome those limitations, all while customizing it to suit your needs as they arise. 
fictionalize your story
Set an art direction for your project that will compliment and amplify your story's theme. Moving forward with your 24 beat outline, we will combine Enneagram with visual research techniques with to discover your story's visual tone and style. Using costume and interior design concepts we will refine your your character's emotional evolution through visual insights.
By the end of the workshop you will have created:
By the end of the workshop you will have created:
Madeline Abatemarco
Character Designer
"I've never actually had a class that guided me through the very beginning of stumbling upon and developing an idea to the ending portions where things become more and more refined, and it's more about just adding the little finishing touches. To me, that has been so, so, SO very valuable and cherished, and it's showed me not only how to actually conceptualize costume, but environments, characters, painting methods, color, and so much more."
rewrite your narrative
Share and amplify your creative voice with the world in ways that are healthy and sustainable. Strategize and focus on leveraging what you’ve created to achieve your personal goals.
By the end of the mentorship you will have: 
Along the way you will learn:
Would you believe me if I told you I moved more than 20 times in my life? Growing up, my dad was self-employed and we moved, a lot. To this day I am constantly flummoxed when I need to remember an old address for any reason. On the bright side, it made me pretty resilient, recovering from curveballs in life.

And along the way, my education ranged from unschooling, homeschool, public school, community college, university, online courses and teaching myself...all before youtube was a convenient option. I learned to be resourceful, approaching problems from many different angles, learning how to learn, and customizing approaches on the fly to adapt to new needs. And now I'm using those skills to help you as well!
What to expect
I’ll get to know you a little better in an informal interview. We'll discuss a bit of your history, strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Then we’ll explore an aha moment in your life that you can use to form your signature narrative.

After our chat, if the mentorship seems like a good fit on both ends, we’ll set up your one on one meeting times. Once you confirm your times and pay your tuition, I’ll give you access to the class hub. 
Over the course of the mentorship, you will have 6 one on one Feedback sessions. In these, I'll help you workshop your story, discuss your progress on assignments, and troubleshoot your unique struggles. Sessions last 45 Mins each.
Group Calls
6 Group Meetings to practice presenting your work to the group for feedback and confidence building. Sessions last 45 Mins each. Each group is limited to 3 mentees to allow for ample feedback time.

You’ll also be added to the class discord where you can introduce yourself and meet past alumni. You can also participate in scheduled Chat Q&As with the instructor.
Once the 12 weeks are up, we’ll meet in our last one on one to discuss your progress over the course and update any refreshed goals so I can help you finesse your plan of action moving forward.
free mentoring for underrepresented author/artists

If you fall into one of more of the following categories...

Every term I offer one 12 week mentorship slot to an underrepresented storyteller who plans to draw from their personal experiences to create original stories or educational content for animation, games, or comics.

I'd love to hear your story and find a way to help you share it!

Julia Helou - Storyboard Revisionist
Project: Growing up as an Arab in Lebanon, now living in London, Julia is passionate about creating clearer paths for foreign artists to work in animation. Drawing from her challenges applying for work, and the struggle to communicate her unique voice as a culturally complex artist, Julia chose to create a comic strip "N/A" to help raise awareness to the challenges foreign creatives face when bringing their work to the US.
Lauren Gregorio - Visual Development Artist
Project: Capturing her mixed Italian and Filipino heritage, Lauren chose to tell the story of a young girl caught between two worlds. Bringing her nuanced experiences to the story, she was able to integrate relatable moments for others like her to feel seen and understood.
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