Independent Writer-Director & Social Entrepreneur
Candice was born in New York City. As a young adult, in addition to studying and performing as a dancer, actor and improv-sketch artist, she studied studio and field production. A work-study program at the Roundabout Theatre Company led to modest but significant opportunities to hone her skill set with actors Jasmine Guy and David Strathairn, playwright Nicole Quinn and film directors Christian Faber and David Gleeson. Taking an extended departure from the business, she returned to direct her first short documentary titled “Go Quietly” which screened at the Ohio Independent Film Festival during the week of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Her screenplay, “Alternative Universe,” won the top prize at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival. Currently she is working on her next documentary. Candice is a member of New York Women in Film & Television and SAG-AFTRA.
“Go Quietly” trailer: https://vimeo.com/302323785
Express myself with words, imagery and movement. Personally, I’ve been told I make a great osso buco. Perhaps not the best though, and I accept that.
I have some daily goals and practices: getting enough sleep and waking up with gratitude. Eating well. Focusing on a person’s best attributes. Being still, trusting my instincts. Patience and humility. Listening more, giving more. Embracing acceptance, compassion and love. Actually walking down the street without looking at my phone. Staying fluid and open to ideas. Avoiding mediocrity. Managing my time carefully. Making the positive choice. Not complaining. Being resilient. Surrounding myself with people who are smarter than me. Working outside of my comfort zone. Having fun.
Professionally, I’d like to leave behind a body of work that will hopefully have a social impact. Also, I have an inherent curiosity streak, and there’s great joy in creating something from nothing. I’d like to build a small team to develop and finance documentaries and narrative fiction projects that focus on the underrepresented. I’ve started over, and am trying to be more patient now and enjoy this journey. I’m humbled by the people I’ve met so far, and have enjoyed collaborating with others. Personally, I’d like to become fluent in at least one more language. More work-life balance… take a beach vacation, learn how to play chess. Tango. Study culinary medicine. Explore the Earth’s natural wonders and witness a few celestial events along the way.
Knowing my purpose and following through with intention. I was once a competitive adult amateur figure skater. The takeaways from that experience were transformative: 1) Time management – I used my time wisely to stay present, clear and focused; 2) Perception – I began to look at my daily experiences in NYC as though I’m in one big classroom every day and 3) Intention – I clearly identified my goals and surrounded myself with people who shared the same vision, passion and drive. Each of these lessons has rewarded me with more prosperity in my personal and business relationships. Professionally, I believe my biggest success has yet to come.
Deciding to abandon the things I do best, for the sake of financial security. Years later, I found myself in the trenches with Wells Fargo as an American homeowner during the financial crisis of 2008. Being fully documented with assets and having nothing to do with the subprime mortgage market, my property was increasing in value exponentially. I was treated like an undocumented immigrant during the bailouts. I lost everything and have been living like a gypsy for the last 4-5 years. At the time, there were people being thrown out into the streets by the thousands, who have gone unaccounted for. I made a short documentary back in 2016. It was a modest work, but had substance: it focused on Wells and highlighted the CFPB, tent cities and foreclosure suicides. It was time for me to weigh in. There were two timelines: one for my own case and the other for research and writing, recording voice overs, shooting scenes and editing from a makeshift live/work space. I’ve been rebuilding, brick by brick. I’m allowing myself to be creative again and have fun. I feel empowered. It’s a new chapter for me.
Bloom where you are planted.
Trick question! I can’t possibly list everyone here. Role models: my sister Joy. My dear friend Arvad, a gifted artist and story consultant. The late Sally & Jerry Roemer, who were like a second set of parents to me when I lived in Yonkers, NY. Terry Lawler and NYWIFT. I’m in awe of the journalists and activists around the world who put their careers and lives on the line to inform, engage and create change. Favorite people: loving family and friends. In terms of favorites whose work and/or values I admire, a few would include: Jonathan Demme, Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet, Armando Iannucci. Lucille Ball and Sherry Lansing. Johnny Cash and Maya Angelou. Stephen Colbert. Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Alex Gibney, Dawn Porter, Steve James. Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s a list that keeps growing.
Route 1 to Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel. Paris, Vancouver and Barcelona. The Trastevere district in Rome. Austin and Nashville. Brazil. I remember the marketplaces in Tangier and the French Quarter in New Orleans. Movie theatres… I still do not understand why the Ziegfeld in New York was never landmarked. Outdoor cafes and farmers markets. The beach. Shakespeare in the Park. The Met Museum, Lincoln Center, The U.S. Open. Brooklyn.
My voter registration card, my Film Forum membership card. Aveda hair products. My MacBook. A Golden Harvest Mason Jar from a dear friend and member of D.A.R. My sister Joy would always bring something back from her travels; that’s a long list. My eco-friendly non-stick pan, garlic, onion and olive oil. My bathing suit, sunglasses and flip flops. My yoga mat. Ear plugs. The pizza at Parkside with a glass of pinot.
Writing and rewriting. Final Cut 10. Zumba class. I watch and listen to a mix of narrative fiction, documentaries and podcasts. I love breakfast on Saturday mornings with WNYC radio and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!.” Guilty pleasure: season 1 of “Claws,” which I found to be a bold and dynamic commentary on women, relationships and survival in a post-recession economy. Go Niecy.