1) Why did you decide to get into this industry?
Because it completely consumes me! It’s hard to imagine ever doing anything else. Ever since I was a little human I’ve been infatuated with writing, making short films, and performing. Performing is really what ignited me actually getting into the industry, then once I stepped behind the camera there was no turning back. I took my deep love for storytelling and began to transfer it into the digital space.
2) What’s a defining moment in your life?
When it comes to being a comedy writer and director I would say it was any time I was watching SNL as a kid. SNL ignited my curiosity towards comedy in the digital realm. After this excitable feeling festered in me for years I decided to pursue comedy writing and performance in Chicago at CCC. It was there that I really honed my comedic voice and what it would look like to be a comedy writer and director. These years in Chicago, and the years just before in high school- where I was experimenting with short films and scripts, were really the moments that defined how intensely I would pursue this wild dream of mine.
3) What is your biggest concern with the future?
My biggest concern regarding the future has nothing to do with me alone, and everything to do with our society and current state of affairs. Things are scary. But all we can all do is put our best foot forward and try to work a little harder. I’m always worried that I’m not doing enough, but then friends and family around me remind me that I’m always overextending myself. It’s important to have people around you to remind you of your efforts. Take a step back, breathe in, and embrace the moments. It’s the only guaranteed thing.
4) What is a successful moment in your career so far?
Having my web series featured on VICE Magazine as a queer web series to watch. That was really exciting and so unexpected. Someone sent me the link and I was shocked. It felt so good to be recognized for the work I was doing. Another successful moment was receiving my first check for a writing job. That felt incredibly good, and made me feel successful. Success to me is getting to write for a living, so anytime I am getting closer to that… I feel like I’m living in the next successful moment.
5) What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
Create your own content. Don’t wait for someone else to green light you. You can green light yourself. You are only ever one second away from deciding to take your film career into your own hands. Get a group of film friends together and decide to make something. We all can’t wait to see it. #womensupportingwomen
6) What, if anything, do you collect?
For a while I collected shot glasses from different places. Then I realized I don’t like to drink very much. Then I transferred to collecting movie poster coasters. I love pulling them out when someone needs one. I also like to collect vintage trinkets. I’m a low level hoarder, but I’m working on it. Watching Marie Kondo reminds me that I should be collecting less, and giving away more. One thing I can’t ever seem to get rid of for good: old footage. My Lacie and G-Drives do not thank me.
7) What are you working on next? In addition, if people want to find out more about you, where can they find you on social media?
Continuing to find work as a screenwriter. Manifesting my own destiny: I want to be a writer’s assistant on a television show. I want to keep growing and learning from those ahead of me.
I do have a website! http://www.charlottekennett.com – You can also find me on Facebook as Charlotte Kennett. And of course I’m on IG and Twitter as @charlotte.kennett! Please feel free to watch my web series too on http://www.youtube.com/c/sleeplate – I’ll have another web series up on that channel this fall.
Charlotte Kennett- LGBTQ Writer & Director www.charlottekennett.com