TANISHA QUILTER-WILLIAMS - SCREENWRITER, AUTHOR, JOURNALIST
I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting. In the beginning of my career, I lucked up and landed work in the entertainment business working in the trenches of some of the most prestigious Hollywood entertainment companies-as an assistant and coordinator at the William Morris Agency; Don Cornelius Productions; RKO Pictures; New Line Cinema and ICM.
In 1999, I was chosen as a fellow in the Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program at USC, for my comedy screenplay, "Personal Problem," about a man that looks for a date through the personal ads. I went on to produce a short film, "Artificial Genes," a romantic comedy about a woman who used artificial insemination to start a family of her own.
I pushed diligently, but, found that I would have to shelf my writing in order to sustain myself financial. So, I went back to school and completed my degree in Broadcast Journalism at California State University- Los Angeles. During this time, I continued to climb the ladder and landed opportunities writing for several entertainment television shows and magazines and soon garnered staff positions at Inside Edition, E! Entertainment, US Weekly, BRE Magazine and EURWEB.com. As a senior entertainment reporter I interviewed celebrities, such as, Oprah Winfrey, Catherine Zeta Jones and Kelsey Grammar. I snagged the biggest cover for US Weekly Magazine in 2010 by bringing the Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin engaged cover story. Coverage of numerous events and red carpets definitely gave way for some interesting stories. My screenwriting passion has never waned. I am back at it again with my screenplay "Sweethome," a drama about a young girl who is abandoned and left to find ou t what life is all about.