How to Deal With Fame

Date of Award

Spring 2022

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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Writing and Producing for Television

School or College

School of Film and Television

First Advisor

Marc Pitre


The musical short pilot presentation, HOW TO DEAL WITH FAMe, follows Lannie Daniels, a young masculine-presenting actress who has been given the role of a lifetime as a character who looks quite the opposite of her. When her mother comes to town for the show and their values begin to clash, she is reminded of how she falls short of the traditional expectations of womanhood. It is the creative culmination of a deep dive into gender performance, the restrictiveness of self-expression and how that impacts desirability and assumed preferences, specifically through the lens of Black women. As a series, the word "performance" expands to explore how we as people perform, for each other, for ourselves, because of ego, because of doubt. I reflect myself, my loved ones and the people I’ve known along the way. It is an ode to the homies and things that I love, but grander and far more dramatic. Thank you to my wonderful cast and exceptional crew for making this huge vision possible. And lastly, this short is in protest of the disappearance of tv theme songs, so I hope everyone of them gets stuck in your head.

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