So... Who am I ?
I am a small down girl who grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania and I have one sister, a step sister and step brother. Growing up my father owned a small restaurant in the heart of downtown Scranton and my mother was an Art Teacher, kindergarten through 5th grade. We lived with my grandparents along with a few of my mother's brothers and sisters - a typical Italian-American household. In the late 80's my father lost his restaurant when the building he rented was sold. He took a job at a State Prison as well as working at as a chef at a local rectory for retired Priest. I watched him work very hard to keep his dream alive. He eventually reopened a restaurant in 2000 - where I worked for many years up until I moved in 2019. I learned a lot from my parents, both of which worked extremely hard to provide for our little family. Both my grandfathers served in the Air Force, my mother's father being active until he passed away. My mother's family also owned an auto mechanic and service garage, and grew majority of what we ate in our family's garden. My paternal grandfather started work as pre-teen to support his family when his father, my great grandfather, passed away. He then went on to sell vacuums door-to-door eventually taking a job with an insurance company. Moving up the ladder, with no formal education, he became the head of his company. The values I learned from my family, as hard working blue collar citizens, Italian Immigrants, First and Second Generation Italians, as well as my Baba ( grandmother) who came to America from Ukraine, are unmeasurable! I learned the value of work, honor, believing in yourself, and most importantly that if you truly want something to keep at it. Failure only exists if you let it.
I started taking college courses from Marywood University in 1999 while still attending high school. After graduating high school I transferred my credits to Keystone College where my focus of study was Visual Art with a minor in History (Western Civilization). Shortly after finishing school I received an internship from a high-profile advertising agency based in New York City. After my internship I went back to school, obtaining a degree in Marketing and Management from McCann School of Business and Technology. I also focused on Accounting and worked my way through school with an Entry Level Accounting Data Entry job for a Auto Parts Distributor. When I graduated, I traveled back and forth from Scranton, PA to San Francisco, CA freelancing for CURRENT TV and working as a partner for YouTube. I then moved to Los Angeles, CA in and worked on multiple projects there. As a partner for YouTube I was one of the first ‘ceWEBrities’ being paid for video content on my channel, with sponsorship deals from various companies. This was 2007-2008 at the beginning of YouTube. I worked for Current TV creating documentaries and various other content for the network as well as running web content for a section of the network’s website. Shortly after, I became an on-air personality and host for various other networks such as Crave Online. Eventually, I found my way back to the Scranton area where my husband, David Corigliano, and I started Voyager Video in 2012, a video production and equipment rental company producing such things as commercial advertisements (regionally and nationally). In late of 2019 we moved ourselves and our business to Asheville, North Carolina. We remain to have a client base of the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania while branching out into the Appalachian area. I also work as freelance multimedia producer for various production companies as well as a life and business growth strategist.
Behind the camera, my passion is focused on both cinematography and directing. I have received dozens of awards in video production, created hundreds of international, national, and regional commercials, and have worked on as well as produced both short and feature films. Currently my film The Road Less Traveled is making its rounds in the festival circuit with acceptance into over 50 film festivals receiving awards for multiple awards for Best In Show, Best Suspense, Best Horror, Best Cinematography, Best In The Festival, and Best Director.
I have taught cinematography with The Pennsylvania Film School, giving a seminar and donating time to EOTC and the ArtsEngage! program where I taught film and media production to students at Scranton South Intermediate. I have also done film workshops at various venues including a three hour workshop on at the Belin Film Festival in which I donate all proceeds to the educational and recreational programming at the Waverly Community House. I pride myself in my humanitarian and volunteer work. I wish I could do more! In the past, I have worked with and will continue working with Habitat For Humanity, The Goodwill of NEPA, and Saint Francis Soup Kitchen. I also enjoy helping and volunteering my time in the Arts and Performing Arts community. I am actively volunteer and support Arts On the Square, The Holiday Market, the Bonfire At The Iron Furnaces, Black Scranton, and the Scranton Fringe Festival in the Scranton, PA Area.
I am a member of The Friends of The American Society of Cinematography (ASC), the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, as well as a supporter of New York Women In Film and Television (NYWIFT). Prior to my recent move to Asheville I sat on several boards; former positions included - the Vice President of American Advertising Federation of Scranton (AAF), social media and marketing director for the National Alliance On Mental Illness PA Scranton Area Chapter (NAMI), educational and training committee chair of the Junior League of Scranton (JLS), as well as sat on the boards and/or actively volunteered for Cinderella's Closet of NEPA, Artists for Art Gallery, the Scranton Fringe Festival, and Dress for Success Lackawanna.
In 2018/2019, I had the honor to work as the Director and Art Gallery Coordinator for The Artists for Art Gallery in Scranton, PA where I wrote and obtained several grants for the organization. I am a certified grant writer from the Grantsmanship Center.
In 2018, I graduated from Gabrielle Bernstein's Spirit Junkie Master Class trainings.
In 2019, I published my first photography book "Graffiti d'Ialia" a photo-journalistic account of the street art throughout Italy in which I was not only the photo-journalist and writer, I compiled and designed the book which I self-published.
Additional, I am a certified Yoga Instructor (my 200 RYT from Twin Cities Yoga Collective/Mission Yoga) with over 700 hours of training and continuing credit hours in various forms such as Vinyasa, Kundalini, Children's Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, and Yoga for Mental Health. I am certified in Family to Family Mental Health training and Mental Health First Aide as well from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
. . . And to tie everything all up I am the youngest recipient of the Woman of Excellence SAGE Award from The Greater Scranton Chamber Of Commerce and was awarded Top 20 Under 40 in 2018 from the Business Journal.
You would think I am a stickler or have a offensive compulsive type personality, but honestly I am very much a free spirit and have a childlike-wonder. I often get called "Hippy-Dippy" and I don't mind it... because that is me.
I am a Filmmaker, an Artists, A Dreamer, A Travel, A Lover of Life.
I am just ME.