Check out my new book, coming October 4th: Figure Your Sh*t Out
For our entire lives, we’re raised in a system that trains us to survive in academia instead of real life. We take tests, write essays, make dioramas of the solar system. And at the end of it all, we’re given a grade. A metric that dictates our success or failure. Whether we get an A or a C, we’re given a sense of closure and completion. And when the semester is over, we can forget it ever happened, kick back, and relax.
This is why so many of us fall victim to the now famous “quarter-life crisis” post-graduation. After over twenty years of focusing on getting good grades and succeeding in school clubs, it’s no wonder we start to feel lost when all of a sudden, none of it matters.
What do you do when grades disappear? How do you measure your success? And most importantly, how do you find a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment when you can barely decide what to eat for breakfast?
When I graduated, I too was feeling lost and struggling to answer the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Thanks to some amazing resources, mentors, and a ton of trial and error, I’m happy to report that I’ve developed a system that works. When I started, I felt lost, indecisive, and insecure. I was struggling with depression and anxiety, felt unfulfilled by the work I was doing, and neglected important relationships.
But since developing and implementing this system, my life has taken a turn for the best. I’m writing a Musical for a Broadway Producer, running my own media and marketing company, working on personal creative projects on the side, my physical and mental health are better than they’ve ever been, and I feel warm and fuzzy about the work I do and the people I get to share my experiences with.
Figure Your Sh*t Out, is a three part syllabus for success to help post-grads ask themselves the right questions, and give them the tools to find the right answers.
I love creating things and connecting with people.
I believe video marketing should look more like your favorite TV show than an ad.
Forever a theatre & music nerd and filmmaker at heart, I try to bring creativity, passion, and human connection into everything I do.
While studying Film at Boston University, Danielle accidentally got a full-time job as a marketer at one of America’s fastest growing tech companies, Drift. That’s when she realized that the best marketing used the same elements of storytelling as screenwriting!
After graduation, Danielle became the Director of Marketing at Rebel Motion, a production company based out of NYC. She later became a Lead Storyteller at IT MOVES IT, a business accelerator that helps brands tell stronger narratives.
Now, Danielle dedicates her time to helping her personal clients combine storytelling, digital media, and marketing strategy at Epiq Media. An experienced Creative Director, she’s written, produced, directed, and edited dozens of Commercials for companies like User Interviews, bareMinerals, Adidas, Moet & Chandon, Rosetta Stone, Notarize, Bumble, Zenni Optical, Timo Weiland, and more.
When she’s not on set, Danielle is a lead writer at Screenpower, an international screenwriting collective, where her team writes for top Broadway and Hollywood producers. Works in development include the musical sequel to Les Miserables, Cosette and Amazon Novel, Emo.
Her personal narrative work has been featured in over 30 film festivals and screenings across the globe, including multiple awards for Best Screenplay at various festivals including the International Open Film Festival, Sose International Film Festival, and Phoenix Melbourne Film Festival.