Create Now Alumnus Tasha Caufield
We’re extremely proud of Tasha, who recently completed writing, producing, directing and editing a feature documentary on standup comedy, after having traveled around the U.S. performing standup comedy. Her routine is partly based on her experiences of abuse as a child.
Writing Her Own Future
Tasha joined Create Now in 1998 at age 15 when she participated in a Sitcom Writing Workshop at Mid-Valley Youth Center. She had been in and out of nine detention facilities since age 12, but after learning how to write a “Moesha” TV script, she discovered that she loved the film and TV industry. Tasha was such a talented, bright, and enthusiastic participant that she had a number of mentors who loved working with her.
Tasha graduated from the USC Film School Program with a B.S. degree in 2004. Considered one of the best film schools in the world, only about 50 students from all over the world are accepted to attend each year. Through the efforts of her Create Now mentors, Tasha received a scholarship from Warner Bros. Studios. She also completed her first year of law school at Northern Illinois University in Chicago.
Tasha has published three books (all available on Amazon). She has been writing film reviews for the “Chicago Drama Film Examiner” for several years and has written a number of screenplays. She has performed standup comedy all over the country and produced and directed a feature documentary, The Makings of a Standup Comedian and is now working on another documentary film. Tasha continues writing scripts and books and she recently got her real estate license.
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