Sharon Everitt: Emmy notimated Director, Editor & Producer

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Sharon Everitt is a director working in television, film, and commercials.  She is also an accomplished editor and producer, receiving three Emmy nominations for her work.  She has directed over 30 episodes of unscripted comedy television, including season one of “The High Court” for Comedy Central, and recently wrapped her work as director of previsualization on “Asura,” a tentpole Chinese action film due in theaters in 2018.  She also directed the fantasy short film “Below the Root” for Walt Disney Pictures.

Sharon has produced and edited music videos and concert films for artists like Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Outkast, and Snoop Dogg. She’s created documentaries and specials for comic geniuses Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, Tig Notaro, and Doug Benson. As a commercial director, she’s won many high-profile clients, including Disney Parks & Resorts. Sharon graduated from Butler University, studied visual effects in Toronto and Chicago, and now lives in Los Angeles. She is involved with the TED Conference, studied acting with Lesly Khan, and is active in the stunt community, training in Wing Chun Kung Fu for the past decade.  She is a member of the DGA and Alliance of Women Directors.

What do I do best?

I generate ideas.  I inspire people to get on board with ideas, whether it’s a network television special, a sci-fi short film, or a musical comedy.  I empower my team to be great at their jobs.  I laugh at everything.  I also make a mean Mai Tai.

What makes me the best version of myself?

I’ve arrived at where I am today by constantly pushing to make my projects better.  An insane work ethic doesn’t hurt either.  I’ve always surrounded myself with awesome people who are geniuses at what they do. (Never create in a vacuum!)  Other things that help: time with my ride-or-dies, vegetables, dive bars, and some old fashioned new-agey meditation.  Namaste.

What are my aspirations?

I want to see as much of the world as I can.  I want to meet as many people from around the world as I can.  I want to entertain people through film with incredible stories, fresh perspectives, and new ideas.

My Biggest Success?

A lot of mind blowing things have happened to me, like getting my first Emmy nomination and directing my first television series.  It’s all beyond cool, so I can’t wait to see what happens next.

My Most Challenging Moment?

Making a decision to pursue directing, even though I already had very successful producing and editing careers.  It was a gamble, but I got to a point where if I didn’t start directing, I was letting myself down.  My next challenge will be moving from episodic television into features.

My Motto?

I don’t have a motto, and I’m jealous of people who do.  In general, I believe the path to great fulfillment is being your true self.  Also, a Painkiller from Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco helps.  (That should be my motto!)

My Favorite People/Role Models?

Edgar Wright / Shane Carruth / Stanley Kubrick / JJ Abrams / Wes Anderson / Adam McKay / Steven Spielberg - I worship their work and have a million questions for all of them.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I can’t get enough of theme parks.  There’s nothing more fun than being in a place where you can forget all about reality for a while.  EPCOT is my favorite one - it combines a vision of the future (from circa 1982) with food from around the world.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

My daughter is my favorite product.  But I also enjoy a good set of AirPods, Buffalo Wings from Veggie Grill, Avid Media Composer, Butter London nail colors, and Movie Pass while it lasts.

My Current Passions?

Movies on VHS, vintage speakers, and equal wages for women.  Also, I keep sane with my acting group “The Felipe Time Conservatory for Gifted Students,” Wing Chun Kung Fu and volunteering to save architectural landmarks in LA.  Plus, and I think you know me by now, I always find time to light cocktails on fire.